This is actually my second white leather Tate Top. The first one I made and wore to my bachelorette party and well…. lets just say it didn’t survive the dance floor. That and some shoddy dry cleaning services and that top was a goner. I was super bummed but luckily I had enough of this beautiful buttery leather to make another!
The pattern is the Tate Top by Workroom Social. Its a simple tank with several variations. You can choose cropped or standard length, and square or curved racerback. What I love about this pattern is that even though its simple, it has a beautiful drape and some very interesting lines. The best part about this pattern is that it’s free!!
This amazing white leather was another consolation prize from one of my internships. It feels incredible and drapes beautifully. It’s super thin so I think it may be lamb or something? I’m not sure. Super hard to keep clean though and for a messy gal like me that makes me nervous. (I already have a spot on one of the back pieces that I either missed when cutting or somehow got on there.. ugh) Its so beautiful though I don’t care – I have enough to make three more if I have to! Any tips on keeping white leather clean!?
I only made one change to this pattern and that was to add the exposed zip down the back. It doesn’t call for a zipper at all but I just loved the idea of an exposed metal zipper down the back of white leather. I got a separating zipper to make it easier to put on and off too. The zipper I ordered was a little too short so I had to adjust the back neckline seam a little bit to accommodate. Since leather doesn’t fray, I also decided to leave all the edges raw and just made sure to cut them as smoothly as possible. Oh – and I sewed the darts to the outside and topstitched them down for an added interest in the front bodice. I guess that makes three changes??
Pattern: Tate Top by Workroom Social – FREE!
Fabric: White Leather
Notions: Separating metal zip
Adjustments: Added zip down center back, changed back neckline to accommodate shorter zip.
Finishes: Raw unfinished edges
Time: 2 hrs
Sew it again? Yes! I want to make one of the longer versions.
P.s. This is my first blog post I shot with my brand new camera! What do you think?