My very first leather jacket, entirely hand made.
A lot of work, a lot of lessons learnt and more to come :)
Step 1: Choosing
Step One: buy amazing leather from Tandy!
Step 2: Patterning
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
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
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
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
What you pictured first might not look like would have hoped... change it
Step 7: Deciding
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
I then added 3 piece at the bottom:
Two from the front to the sides and one for the back.
Step 9: Almost There!
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.