For this one, I have a long black leather skirt I picked up at a thrift store around Halloween. It was in that awesome section of clothes they put aside for costumes, but I thought it had great potential. It only cost $5, too - a definite bargain. However, it was much too long for my petite frame.
It was so long, in fact, that I failed to capture the hem in this photo. It stopped just below the edge of the mirror, about 4 inches above my ankles. It took me a long time to get up the courage to chop it, but I finally did.
I used a seam ripper to detach the lining from the leather at the seams, then folded the lining under twice and re-hemmed it. I also took out the very top of the back kick-pleat that was left on the edge. I folded up 2 inches of the leather hem and held it in place with painter's tape.
I put some heavy books on the hem to crease it, rotating them around the edge every few hours. Once the crease was made, I used fabric glue to hold the hem in place. I thought about sewing it, having gotten braver about leather sewing with this refashion, but I liked the clean edge of the original. Once the glue dried, I tried styling it two ways.
Here is the sporty leather look.
And the lady-like leather look.
I am so please with this one. As always, thanks for reading! Here's to the next 50 refashions!