Tuesday, January 14, 2014

#DIY | Leather Sleeves

If you have been following my blog or me for that matter since conception, you should know by now I am an avid thrifter, an avid recreation queen, and avid DIYourselfer. During a much needed vacation after my dad's death to Gulfport and New Orleans, I thrifted a Liz Claiborne denim dress for all of $0.50. The only reason I picked it up was because it was a size 2. Petite sizes are very difficult to come by thrifting so I couldn't leave it.

Months later, that ah hah moment hit..and I was inspired to do something with this jumper.

So on to the point, I wanted to share with you how to recreate the look and how to upcycle thrifted pieces to make them modern and trendy.

The fit of the dress was perfect so I didn't make any alterations. However, the hidious buttons had to go and of course the sleeves would be altered. 

- Go to your local fabric store or flea market ( hidden gem for buttons) and measure the buttonhole size or eyeball the fit of buttons to make sure they are a perfect fit. 
-With your seam ripper or pair of scissors, remove the old buttons. Next, with needle and thread install new buttons in the exact place as old. Tip: to make sure they are installed in the right position mark a small dot with a sharpie. 

-Remove the old sleeve with your seam ripper. It's very simple just go into the seam and take it off..nothing complicated. 

Use the old sleeve as a "pattern" and lay it on top of the leather fabric

 And VOILA...

I would love to see your DIY project if you recreate this..tag me on IG #BYANDREAFENISE


  1. Great idea! Looks fabulous!

  2. Thank you so much!!! It definitely was a fun project.

  3. I love this! Such a great DIY project and the result is gorgeous!! You look fabulous!

    xo, Kenya



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