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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

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.

<p>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 &quot;next page&quot; or something that would indicate there is &quot;to be continued&quot;. Thank you!</p>
<p>Hi!</p><p>Thank you for pointing it out, there must have been a bug in my upload. </p><p>I'll take some time to add the missing parts tomorrow. :)</p>
<p>Magnifique ! Je vote</p>
<p>Merci :)</p>
<p>got my vote</p>
<p>Thank you! I appreciate!</p>
<p>Fantastic! You have made me want to do this. BIG thanks!</p>
what a great work! ;)
This is awesome!! Great jacket! Voted
<p>Thank you for your vote!!!</p>
<p>I got the pattern buying a cheap denim jacket, cut it into pieces and adapted to what I wanted to make.</p>
<p>Thank you for your comments :)</p><p>Don't hesitate to vote for me!!!</p>
where did you get the pattern???
<p>Ooh, love the jacket! I would also love to learn more about this pattern! The design of the jacket is just perfect :)</p>
<p>I'd like to know about the pattern too</p>
<p>That tunred out looking great! Where did you get your patern from?</p>

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