Saturday, June 20, 2015

More Unselfish Sewing


After finishing my leather jacket, I had a huge piece of leather left over.  My original plan was to make a pair of ponti/leather pants, but really, as much as I like them in theory, I couldn't see myself wearing them.  I asked Courteney, in a moment of weakness whether she would like a leather jacket.  Well dah!  Of course she did!  She didn't however like the assymetric zip on my jacket so set me a challenge of finding a pattern without one.  Burda Style 03/2013 135 came to mind.  I have post it notes all through my pattern magazines marking the styles I would like to make and this was one of them.  I do find the sizing on Burda Style patterns a little hit and miss so it was a little definitely going to be a leap of faith making this up in leather without making a muslin.


My only complaint with this pattern is a lack of pockets and I did contemplate adding one, but the seam lines actually mean't doing so would in my opinion, interrupt the lines of the jacket.  



I added extra width to the jacket at the side seams just in case my selected size 38 was too small.  Courteney is slightly  broader than me in the shoulders but basically we are the same size.  In the end, the extra width was not needed so I ran it in.  I also asked Courteney if she wanted zips in the sleeves, but she felt, that at Uni they would get in the way when she was writing.

Like my version, I interlined the entire jacket with cotton flannel and stitched the entire jacket with my walking foot.  I lined the jacket with royal blue satin that I picked up in one of my op shop trips for only $2.


 As happy as I am with the end result, and for the record, Courteney is as as well, I was really pleased to see the back of this project.  My lack of interest towards the end meant it did drag on and I was a little over trying to sew black at night.  It is not that I was not interested in making a jacket for my first born, but two leather jackets in one month is rather a mammoth task.

8 comments:

  1. Well, for not making a muslin it looks like a great fit. Excellent pattern choice too. And I'm with you on sewing black at night - very trying.

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    1. Thank you! I am a bit lazy when it comes to muslins I am afraid!

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  2. Wow! This is gorgeous. You've done a lovely job on these jackets. I think you should definitely be borrowing this one from time to time! Now go forth and make some handkerchiefs or something else simple to recuperate!

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    1. Thank you! Handkerchiefs are about all I am up for at the moment!

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  3. wow what a fantastic jacket - that is the perfect pattern for a leather jacket. You make sewing leather look so easy!

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    1. I don't know about making it look easy but it isn't as hard as you might think.

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  4. Wow! This looks absolutely fabulous! You are a great Mum, I'm not surprised your skills are so much in demand :)

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    1. Thank you! The best thing about making for another person that sews is they know the effort that goes into each piece.

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