Several months ago, the tween fashionista and I found this awesome (p)leather jacket at the Salvation Army store. It fit her, almost perfectly and it was $6. It had some damage, especially along the shoulders on the back, but we figured we would find a way to fix it up.
She is very artistic, and lately she has been fascinated with the koru shape and creating all kinds of koru themed artwork.
Using the koru as her inspiration, she designed an applique for the back of the jacket. We found some black (p)leather at The Fabric Store and we cut out the pattern. As you can see in the photos below, we used double sided craft tape to stick the design to the jacket. Then I used a running stitch to sew the applique on. The best thing about the craft tape was that it allowed for occasional, careful re-positioning of the design as I sewed.
We LOVE how it turned out!
I should also mention that the skirt she is wearing is also an op-shop find - pleated (p)leather in almost mint condition. I adore that she paired it all with the Mickey Mouse tee. Go girl! Now I just need to get her a pair of Doc Martin's, no?