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Go dancing in custom leather for cheap.
 
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Step 1: Acquire scrap leather

I found mine at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in Berkeley in the form of an old belt (pink), an old skirt (green), and some furniture cover samples/scraps. Other good sites for scrap leather acquisition: Dollar-A-Pound in Cambridge, MA; yard sales; Goodwill; your grandmother's attic; butcher shops for the real DIYer.

Fake fur makes an especially tasteful accent; be creative.

Step 2: Make a bikini: pattern

The most careful work must go into creating a bikini-style base for your top, as it's the most difficult to fit. If the Instructable for bra making had been up at this point, I'd have followed it; as it was, I made a bad pattern from one of mine.

Trace the pattern onto the leather, making sure you mark the orientation properly. Add fake fur to the top, as this will (partially) help cover up the fact you've used a crappy pattern.

Step 3: Measure twice, cut and sew

Get a friend to help you with this one. Hold the two cups of the bikini top where you actually want them to sit, then measure what size connector you'll need.

Trace and cut out a pattern, double-check it, then actually cut your leather and sew the thing together.

Check again, just to make sure, as this is the most squirrelly piece to fit.
Luziviech2 years ago
label it a try or just an idea:
"we" leatherworkers use profiles to shape leather. Such as clay, sand or gypsum. So i'd suggest get a basin to contain sum gypsum and a quite heavy ball. Sink the ball half-way into the gypsum, let it dry. Put sum warm water in a sink and add your leather. Leave it there for maybe 5 mins, then put the leather in the mold, put the ball on top of it and let the leather dry for a day.
This way the leather should become more round, though you might have to run several tries to get the "perfect" curve.
Luziviech2 years ago
...make sure, after hammering, that the grommets grip and don't move anymore, otherwise they can rip off later.
Niix3 years ago
its really creative.....but my dad will kill me 1st b4 he allows me wear it out of the house....
 This is downright attractive, and incredibly unique! Awesome!
so cute! thanks for sharing this.

<3 erin

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Donna646 years ago
hey girl kool top i will make one thanks keep up the good work
skyesidhe8 years ago
are you at burning man in that last picture? sorry..it is also a really cool instructable that when I actually have my sewing machine again I'll have to do..but I was also curious..
canida (author)  skyesidhe8 years ago
You got it. Those pictures were taken at Burning Man 2005 in front of the giant LED wall at the IGS camp. Surprisingly, the leather top survived a trip through the washing machine, and is now playa-dust free.
Phill canida7 years ago
You didn't show us your face! Gosh Canida, we're all wondering whos behind the amazing dinners. =(

Haha, great instructable as usual. Now whos the guy...
KentsOkay Phill6 years ago
Ewilhelm would be my guess, seeing how he has a silver shirt Instructable...
canida (author)  KentsOkay6 years ago
Ding! You win a cookie.
=D
Say, instead of mailing it, keep it, hopefully future me will turn up in a day or two!
Very nice. I like it. I often use black shoelaces for lacings on similar projects. I hate coming undone suddenly, and the shoelaces hold really well.