Outfit #1-Leather Jacket

Pre-owned Zara New Tags Faux Leather Moto Biker Coat S Nwt Motorcycle Jacket

 

I decided to tackle the leather jacket next! I found a great starter jacket at the goodwill outlet (so $1.60 a pound). Issue was it was to small. Well partially to small the top half of the jacket fit fine but when it came to my hips it just didn’t fit.
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There was also a few rips and seam popping going on. Overall it was a perfect blank slate. I started by tackling the widening of the hips. For this I took a side seam and inserted a triangular piece that I had added stitch-work and an additional piece to add interest at the bottom.
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Next I decided to do the stitch-work on the shoulders. I had to straighten out the padding that was already present in the shoulders, but surprisingly didn’t have to add any more to get the look that I wanted.
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Finally I did the last of the decorative stitching which is on the cuffs. This I will admit was the hardest of the decorative stitching. This was because the cuffs have the smallest area to work with and I could only do about six stitches at a time. I decided to not go down to all the way to the bottom of the cuff like in the inspiration photo.
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For the decorative stitching on the shoulders and cuffs I made all of the lines with one long stitch. I hid the stitch that connects each parallel line in an existing stitch or a seam. I think I am done adding decorative stitching, but I am going to wear it a few times before I insert the lining. There is nothing worse then thinking a project is over then wanting to tweak something.
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And WALLAAAAA! Yes I am trying to pull of my best studious look. Overall I am quite happy with how it turned out. It is amazing what adding a few areas of interest can do to a somewhat boring piece.
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12 thoughts on “Outfit #1-Leather Jacket

  1. Mother Deer says:

    This is a fabulous refashion; I’m in awe! Have you worked with leather before? Any tips for a newbie? I can’t believe how well your decorative stitches turned out, and the side gusset is perfect. Wow!

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    • sew892 says:

      Thanks Mother Deer! I have had some experience with leather, but mostly I have my machine to thank. Its a Phaff 230 (from 1956) and sews through leather like a dream. It was actually a wedding present from my great grandma to my grandma! I would highly suggest if you are going to try it out to get a cheap leather or suede skirt from a thrift store. I suggest a skirt because they are usually cheaper than jackets or pants, are usually not badly worn, and have a good amount of area that hasn’t previously been stitched. You can start simply by adding accents to existing clothing items (front pocket for a button down shirt for example), making a pouch for eyeglasses, or a notebook cover!.Thanks again for your amazing comment! Happy sewing!

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      • Mother Deer says:

        Thank you for the tips 🙂 As a matter of fact, I just picked up a leather skirt for $1, with the intention of making it larger based on a tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress on her blog. She used upholstery fabric to add some additional width to her skirt. I found a placemat that is the same weight and strength as upholstery fabric, and it’s also the perfect length to match the existing skirt. I assume that I shouldn’t sew over a previously sewn area so that it doesn’t punch too many holes in the leather and weaken it. Is that correct? I’ll be using an old Montgomery Ward machine and a leather needle. Any further hints that you can offer would be appreciated 🙂

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        • sew892 says:

          Sounds like a perfect starter project and I love her site!!! You are correct adding to many holes to leather will rip it like perforations in paper. On the other hand I sometimes use the existing flat felled type seams of the previous garment and reused the old stitch holes. I did this on the triangular piece I added to the side of this jacket the bottom part already had that stitching I just took out the old thread and resewed it. As for the actual sewing of leather some tutorials say to put a piece of tape on your sewing foot. I tried it, but it didn’t make a difference for me. Another thing that really helped me was getting some nice clips. You can see them in the photo of the triangular piece. These are important since you can’t pin leather and super tight clips will dent the leather. You can also use regular old tape if you want, but I picked up my clips at Dollar Tree and come in handy for lots of things. I also use a metallic sharpie to mark my pattern. Frankly it was the only thing I could get to show up clearly. I made sure to make the pattern plenty wide so I could trim the marks off after. Your project sounds wonderful! I hope some of my tips help!

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