The “Lorenzo Lamas” Leather Pants

 

The Facts:

Pattern: Butterick B5682 style A

Upcycled item: Men’s XL leather duster $20

Notions: 2 spools heavy duty thread $6

My husband came up with the name for these pants. Apparently there was a television show named Renegade starring Lorenzo Lamas where he often wore a leather duster and rode a motorcycle. I’d never heard of it but I did find a picture so you can see what I’m talking about.

 

 

 

Right next to it is the leather duster I used for this week’s challenge. I found it at a thrift store that opens at 6am on Monday mornings and everything is half price. I had quite a few things in my cart and was about to pick one for my project when I spotted this hanging amid the ladies dresses. I immediately put everything aside and grabbed it. I didn’t know what I was going to make out if it but I knew that if I didn’t buy it I would always regret it.

First let me say how much I love these pants. I wasn’t sure this project was going to be successful because the leather is so heavy and thick. I didn’t know if my machine could handle sewing over 3 to 4 layers of it. I also imagined myself sweating up a storm the minute I sat indoors for more than 5 minutes if I could sit or bend in them at all.

The sleeves of the coat make up the pant legs from the bottom to the curved seams. There were tabs with snaps on the cuffs that I kept at the bottom. The duster had long straps with snaps at each end-these I used for the belt loops. I kept the snaps on as a design element. This is the same pattern I used for the silver coated denim pants only I lowered the waistline by a couple of inches.

The pockets on the duster were pretty big but I decided not to make them smaller. I love the look it gives the pant and the way they sit on my body.

My machine did not do well over more than 3 layers so some of the seams where the 2 legs are attached are slightly off. It’s not really noticeable especially to those who don’t sew. The tricky part was the waistband. I cut it into 3 parts so that I could use a smaller scrap because I wanted to save the bigger pieces for a skirt. I used a piece of bias binding from the coat as trim along the bottom of the waistband then sewed the waistband onto the front of the pant to avoid some of the layering. I also used regular fabric for the back of the waistband and for the pieces used in the zipper area for the same reason.

I decided to take them for a test run and wore them to a meeting. Luckily they did not fall apart and I was able to sit quite comfortably in them. I know it could have ended in disaster but I just had to wear them right away! I attached a picture of how I wore them to church. The top and necklace in the pictures above I made as well but not for this challenge.

I’m going to wear them again today and everyday! OK-maybe not everyday but more than I probably should.

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Gina Clark is a girl from Texas living in the Midwest. She has been sewing most of her life but swears every few months that she is giving it up for good.

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  1. So impressive! I love the cuffs at the ankles. What an amazing job of up-cycling!

  2. This is pretty awesome.

  3. These. Are. AWESOME! The ankle cuffs are just the right amount of sass and punk!

  4. I am having so much pants envy right now I don’t know what to do with myself. These are AMAZING!

  5. WOWZA! These are amazing. The little details from the coat that you left on are what adds the “sass”. (to quote Ms. Tina C.) A true refashion!

  6. Holy crap those are impressive!!! Great, great job.

  7. Ahmazing! Wonderful job!!!

  8. Sensational! Three cheers to your sewing machine for getting through all those layers. What a great job you’ve done.

  9. Awesome! Those pants are so sexy!

  10. This is absolutely brilliant!!!! And then I thought about what that would work for me and I laughed so hard I nearly didn’t make it to the bathroom since my legs are so long that sleeves wouldn’t even make it to my knees. But I will use this as inspiration for my daughter who didn’t inherit the legs.

  11. Amazing, love the back pockets and agree, these are fun to wear everyday. Really brilliant work in recycling. I bet the skirt your planning is going to be awesome.

  12. Those are the hottest leathers I’ve seen from L.A. to San Fran, from N.Y. to London and Paris (and I’ve seen leather in all those cities!) (PS: The thrift shop worker who hung their coat at 6 am in Ladies’ is still looking for it…)

  13. This entire story is awesome. I did not know there was even such an expanse of leather in a garment. I can not believe you found it at a thrift store. (What in the world was it’s previous life, I wonder?) I can not believe you BOUGHT it without knowing what you would do with it! You are so adventurous! And now you have awesome pants to show for it. Awesome.

  14. You are a freaking genius! Are they interlined? If not, are they incredibly hot? We all know they’re hot, but temperature-wise?

  15. Fan-frikin-tastic!!
    What an amazing job, two thumbs up and happy dance from me :P

  16. Those trousers are amazing….but even more so your eye to realise you could convert that coat. I LOVE those tabs with snaps at your ankles. Brilliant!

  17. Thanks everyone! This has been a hard week for me so the love and encouragement are much appreciated. Joann and Marjorie-you made me laugh and yes the pants are lined. I used the lining from the coat-I forgot to mention that in the post.

  18. Whoa….leather pants. A 2012 first for The Sew Weekly. And pure awesome. Lorenza is hot, but these pants are hotter. Well, well, well, very well done Mizz Gina. You are our leather pioneer!

  19. I would wear these in a red hot minute, this is genius Gina, ‘Genius Gina’. My Favourite refashion. Clever lady pants.

  20. Wow those trousers are magnificent! I cannot believe they were made from a coat! You should wear them all the time with brightly coloured silk shirts!

  21. i just can’t believe how great these are!!!! you are very talented. I would never had had the courage to take a leather coat and refashion it. Well done.

  22. My husband has one of these coats, I am going to be waiting around for it to be done.

    • I hope you’ll send some pictures when you’ve transformed the coat! I’d love to see what you do with it-