Lilac and Leather: Leather Vest and Tweed Shorts

May 16, 2013

Leather Vest Tweed Shorts

There is something unexpectedly delightful about pairing leather with tweed. It is like pairing two unlikely foods and getting a serendipitous explosion of flavors that complement each other harmoniously. Kind of like eating cream cheese with jelly (on a bread roll). In fact, I happen to think that cream cheese is jelly’s soulmate. (Sorry, peanut butter.)

Leather Vest

Materials Used: Leather (Shell & Piping), Silk Charmeuse (Lining)
Design By: Tailor Made
Pattern Drafted/Draped By:
Tailor Made and Joy
Construction By: Tailor Made

Tweed Shorts
Materials Used: Silk Tweed
Design By: Joy
Pattern Drafted/Draped By: Joy
Constructed By: Joy

Leather Vest and Tweed Shorts

This look was not in our initial design line-up. Instead, it is a byproduct of several last-minute design changes. Originally, the leather vest was supposed to be a leather jacket with long sleeves. We nixed the jacket idea, because we were not confident we would be able to design and sew an entire leather jacket (both of us never having worked with leather before).  The tweed shorts were also meant to be paired with a different top.

I’ve come to realize that when designing pieces in a collection, one needs to embrace the possibility of making adjustments and changes. Not all of the designs will come out exactly as they appear in your head. Sometimes you may end up with an even more beautiful product by being adaptable and flexible.

Leather Vest Detail

Modeled By: Katie B.


  • Lilac and Leather: Cream Top and Pleather Leggings | Tailor-Made

    May 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    […] For the original look, we had paired the cream wool top with the tweed shorts. Visually, this pairing did not work for our model. Kat is long-waisted and she is significantly taller than J, so the waist line of the top comes up too high on her. The look could be salvaged if we had made the top longer to compensate for Kat’s longer torso length. Instead of sticking with this look, we switched the shorts out for the pleather leggings. We paired the tweed shorts with the leather vest as shown here. […]

  • Spotted: Lilac and Leather’s Pieces at Moda in Bloom Fashion Show | Tailor-Made

    February 25, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    […]   Left: Joy in our Cream Wool Top w/ Lilac Leather Collar (photo credit: Sara L.) Right: Zoe in our Leather Vest […]

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