I had this leather biker jacket for years that I love it more then any other article of clothing I will ever own. It was one of the first presents given to me by my husband. Over the years, the lining and pockets began to deteriorate and was in need of repair. I thought about taking it to a tailor, but the thought of how much it would cost made me think it wouldn't be possible. So I figured why not try and do it myself!? If I screwed it up, then I would suck it up and send it off.
I had all the materials on hand except the shoe polish. So cost was next to nothing.
Please keep in mind, all sewing was done by hand, as I do not own a sewing machine.
This is the first time I have taken on such a huge sewing project. And this took me 3 months. I wasn't confident I could do it, but when I tore the jacket open and noticed the horrible stitching job the first time around, I figured I couldn't do any worse.
This is also my first time posting here. Any comments and suggested ideas welcomed. I'm not sure I have the pictures in the right order, the computer was giving me a hard time. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is something more I can add to help explain this process more.
Step 1: Demolition Process
First thing first, you need to remove all traces of cloth off the leather. This will also included pockets in this case since those went to hell too. Make sure you save leather flaps attached to the pockets. I suggest using a pair of small scissors (manicure size) to cut into the stitching and to pull out old thread.
Due to the age of the jacket, you can see where there was insulation that rotted away though time. (All that orange powder like stuff). I had to vacuum and brush most of it away. Not to mention, all of the dirt and years of receipts that became trapped within the jacket over time due to holes.