DIY Leather Pockets- Knit Dress Refashion

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Add your own leather pockets to a knit dress for an on trend refashion this Fall!

A huge trend this Fall is leather- leather details, leather jackets, leather pants and even accessories. Besides blogging, you know I run an Etsy shop called ONE little BELT where we sell leather belts for babies and toddlers. I also sell cuffs and other leather jewelry here. Because of our businesses, we happen to have a lot of leather scraps laying around and we are always looking for ways to use them. I saw this photo a few weeks back and knew I had to add my own leather pockets to a dress! It was surprisingly easy and I'm going to show you how to do it too!

First you need to find the right knit dress. I think a solid would also work great. You could try a printed dress if you want to get crazy. You could do a maxi or a mini, but I found one that was pretty similar to the one in the photo. (Mine is from H&M.) Next find your leather or PU leather. Check out your local fabric store for faux leather or maybe even some real leather. We got ours from a leather store which sells scraps for pretty cheap. Garment weight is ideal, but really whatever feels right to you will work.

Add your own leather pockets to a knit dress for an on trend refashion this Fall!

photo Add your own leather pockets to a knit dress for an on trend refashion this Fall!

Next choose your pocket size. I cut some first and then realized that I wanted them much bigger! The size I ended up with was 5.5 x 7 inches. My husband helped me cut them because I have issues with measuring and cutting straight lines. We used a rotary cutter to cut it. 

Add your own leather pockets to a knit dress for an on trend refashion this Fall!

Be sure to clean up the edges with some scissors for a cleaner cut. 

Add your own leather pockets to a knit dress for an on trend refashion this Fall!

Because I was sewing thick-ish leather to a knit, I backed it with heavy interfacing. Just cut the interfacing the same size or a little bigger than the leather. Then pin the leather and the interfacing in place. The leather goes on the outside and the interfacing goes on the inside.

Add your own leather pockets to a knit dress for an on trend refashion this Fall!

I used my regular sewing machine and needle for this project. I used a long straight stitch and went very slowly. Sew down each long side and then the bottom of the pocket. I didn't do a perfect job and got a little bit of bunching, but the pocket still lays flat enough that I didn't bother unpicking it. 

Add your own leather pockets to a knit dress for an on trend refashion this Fall!

After I sewed both pockets in place I turned the dress inside out and you can see where I sewed the interfacing. And you can see how NOT PERFECTIONIST I am. I cut off the excess interfacing and turned it right side out. 

Add your own leather pockets to a knit dress for an on trend refashion this Fall!

And that is it! The hardest part is getting the placement right and making sure you sew the pockets down flat. I am really happy with the result! It adds just the right touch to this dress and goes great with my cuff! I styled this dress with tall black boots, tights and a military jacket. I can't wait to wear it more this Fall and Winter!

Add your own leather pockets to a knit dress for an on trend refashion this Fall!

Add your own leather pockets to a knit dress for an on trend refashion this Fall!]

Add your own leather pockets to a knit dress for an on trend refashion this Fall!

Add your own leather pockets to a knit dress for an on trend refashion this Fall!

I'd love for you to stop over and check out my DIY hexagon elbow patches and no-sew knit vest tutorials for other Fall style project inspiration!




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What I Wore: Leather Jacket + Plaid

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Update a men's plaid shirt with a leather jacket, big earrings and cute boots.

Wavy short ombre hair

Plaid, leather jacket, dark denim and tall boots

Plaid, leather jacket, dark denim and tall boots

Plaid, leather jacket, dark denim and tall boots
Shirt: Thrifted (vintage)
Jacket: Thrifted 
Jeans: Levi
Shoes: Thrifted

Are you wearing plaid yet this Fall? I am loving all kinds of plaid- especially button up shirts. This top is a little country with it's Western cut and and a little bit masculine with it's small plaid print. A [laid shirt like this is best styled with slightly modern and/or feminine pieces. I threw on a vegan leather moto style jacket to update the look and big statement earrings for some feminine bling. Tall London Tan colored boots completed the look balancing out the layers up top.

How are you wearing plaid?
Do you need more ideas for styling it?
Do you have a closet full or are you staying away from this print?



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What Kids Wore Wednesday Link Party

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Welcome to this week's link up! I hope you are enjoying cooler temperatures and starting to dress for Fall! I can't wait to see what your little ones are wearing this week.

What did my kids wear? We've all been into plaid lately. I'm loving it on myself, and all of my boys!

Plaid, skinny jeans and Converse

Plaid, skinny jeans and Converse
Shirt: Old Navy
Pants: Old Navy
Jacket: GAP
Shoes: Converse

This weeks feature is from Erin at Crafty Biggers. Isn't this Madeline dress darling? I actually think she could wear it as an everyday dress, and also as a great costume. Thanks for linking up!



Want to link up? Here are some guidelines…

1. link to your specific blog post, not your blog’s main page.
2. please only link kids' outfit related posts. no giveaways or unrelated crafts.

3. feel free to link back here to me so that WKWW makes sense to your readers. grab a button from the sidebar (see the code box?).

4. check out as many links as possible! and comment! we all LOVE a comment!

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Favorite Fall Outfits from 2012

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I thought it would be fun to share my favorite Fall outfits from last year- because I would still wear them today. Styles and trends do change, but they typically don't change too much within a year or two. It is generally pretty safe to wear your trendy favorites from the year before. Where you get into trouble is when you keep wearing your favorites- and nothing new- year after year after year!

Mix brown and black with a pencil skirt, patterned scarf and ankle boots
Details here.

Men's sweater, tall boots and gold jewelry


What are your favorite pieces you have been wearing again this Fall? 

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Shop Update- Fall 2013 Girls Belts

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girls belt collage

We have new girl's belts in the shop just in time for Fall and the upcoming holidays. I love each of these belts and they are really seasonless. You can wear each of them now and all the way through to Spring!

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InstaFriday- My Little Man Cub

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It's InstaFriday and I'm sharing glimpses of our week. You can see day to day updates on Instagram @onelittlemomma.


Well, I survived, even thrived in, my marathon relay last weekend. We had a tough start to the day, but we made it. Rather than get up and leave the baby at 6 am, I decided to just go down with Soren and the boys a little later in the morning. I planned to catch my leg of the relay which was supposed to start at about 11. At 8:30 I got a call saying that I might actually need to start at about 10:15. So we rushed to get everyone and everything ready. We piled in the car and started to buckle everyone in when Knox inconveniently has an enormous blow out- all down his leg and onto mine! We ran him back upstairs and Soren and I tag teamed the mess. I wish someone had been there to capture the insanity on film. Once we got back downstairs the poor kid proceeded to spit up down my sleeve. Let me tell you- I was smelling good at that point. 

Soren sped all of the way to downtown and we got there in record timing- only to find out that the race had slowed down and we had 45 minutes to kill. The temps were COLD that morning so we were stuck in the car. We found a McDonalds to grab a late breakfast for everyone but me and I took a bathroom break. Soren, who doesn't eat out with the kids much, orders breakfast burritos that were less than kid friendly. The boys were not impressed leaving Soren to eat all six himself. 

I finally decided to go find my teammates and send the boys on to wait at the finish. As I get out to go, Soren tried to start the van only to find that the battery was dead. We were stuck. And the binkie was momentarily lost. So we were stuck with crying baby in tow. We were on a hill so Soren tried to start the van by driving down the hill- which didn't work. Thankfully my friends found us at that point with jumper cables. And I found the binkie right before I was about to burst into tears. What a mess. I left them all at that point to meet my partner at our starting point. They were able to get going and I didn't miss my start. I had a friend to run my leg with and we did awesome. She is six months pregnant and rocked it. No walking and good conversation kept us going steady till the end. We rocked our 4.2 mile leg. 




It was so rewarding to have the boys at the finish line. I love sharing things that I used to do with them and having them see their mom do something fun and healthy. I'm so glad I did it and so glad its over!


More outings this week included lunch at my brother's elementary school. It was my boys' first time doing the school lunch thing. The milk cartons were a challenge, but I think my brother was proud to have his nephews there. 


We also finally made it to the pumpkin patch! And we are going earlier next year- it was cold! We put on a bunch of layers and went with my mom and brother. The kids didn't care how cold it was. We fed the animals, did the slides and the corn mazes.








We are gearing up for Halloween next week and Kesler's birthday this weekend!

What fun traditions do you have in October?

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