Introduction: Leather Jacket

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My very first leather jacket, entirely hand made.

A lot of work, a lot of lessons learnt and more to come :)

Step 1: Choosing

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Step One: buy amazing leather from Tandy!

Step 2: Patterning

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Cut pieces according to your pattern.

I got my pattern cutting a denim jacket into pieces and adapted them. I would have loved to have created the pattern myself but it was my very first jacket so I didn't feel up to the challenge, I was more focused on the piece itself.

Step 3: Stitching

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Start the never ending stitching process!

The leather is pretty thick so I punched each hole with a hole punch and then stitched with waxed thread.

Step 4: Piecing Together

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Step by step, start seeing progress...

For the side parts that you can see on this picture, I decided to hide the stitching on the inside.

Step 5: Fitting

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If the arm works, you're on the right track!

Again the arms are stitched on the inside which is very scary: I had no idea if I was on the right track while sawing and only knew I did it right when I was done and turned it around!

Step 6: Brainstorming

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What you pictured first might not look like would have hoped... change it

Step 7: Deciding

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You'll end up with something that fits your vision better.

I stitched each side of the zipper to the leather with waxed thread.

I made sure to hide the metal part of the zipper so that only the brown piece shows.

Step 8: Bottom Band

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I then added 3 piece at the bottom:

Two from the front to the sides and one for the back.

Step 9: Almost There!

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I decided to go with a simple collar: it's just a strap folded on itself and sawn on.

I the added buttons on the collar and on the bottom strap and finished by folding and stitching the wrists and bottom strap.


caracoda (author)2016-10-15

Sorry, I can't find the other part of the tutorial. What should I do after I decided if I want a zipper or buttons? How do I go about installing the zipper? And what do I do next? The jacket in the photo is half way finished so I guess I am missing the other part of the tutorial and I can not see any "next page" or something that would indicate there is "to be continued". Thank you!

MxLeather (author)caracoda2016-10-15


Thank you for pointing it out, there must have been a bug in my upload.

I'll take some time to add the missing parts tomorrow. :)

CharlieB101 (author)2016-08-16

Magnifique ! Je vote

MxLeather (author)CharlieB1012016-08-17

Merci :)

mary111 (author)2016-08-16

got my vote

MxLeather (author)mary1112016-08-17

Thank you! I appreciate!

MichiganDave (author)2016-08-14

Fantastic! You have made me want to do this. BIG thanks!

FlorianM23 (author)2016-08-14

what a great work! ;)

ClenseYourPallet (author)2016-08-13

This is awesome!! Great jacket! Voted

Thank you for your vote!!!

MxLeather (author)2016-08-14

I got the pattern buying a cheap denim jacket, cut it into pieces and adapted to what I wanted to make.

MxLeather (author)2016-08-14

Thank you for your comments :)

Don't hesitate to vote for me!!!

Whovian123 (author)2016-08-12

where did you get the pattern???

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2016-08-12

Ooh, love the jacket! I would also love to learn more about this pattern! The design of the jacket is just perfect :)

wheeljam (author)2016-08-12

I'd like to know about the pattern too

tomatoskins (author)2016-08-12

That tunred out looking great! Where did you get your patern from?

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