After my venture into sewing leather with a basic purse, I tackled sewing an actual jacket! This one is a Sandra Betzina pattern, Vogue 1198. I love sewing with Sandra's patterns, as they fit me so well.
Sandra writes great directions, and I always learn something new whenever I make one of her patterns. This time I learned her technique for inserting a sleeve lining that was different than I've ever seen before
I used copper metallic goatskins that I bought years ago at a very good price. It wouldn't be my first choice, but I think if I wear this at night, it won't be quite as loud!
I made a scarf to go with it from a length of chiffon that I had. I just cut a rectangle 2-1/2 yd long by 14 inches wide, and then narrow hemmed the unfinished edges. Do you think the leopard is too much with this?
|Using binder clips instead of pins.|
|Topstitching to flatten seam allowances.|
For the collar, I interfaced it with fusible fleece on a wool setting for 10 seconds, and then used lining for the underlayer. It has a good solid feeling to it. You can see it better in the picture where the jacket is open.
My daughter just walked out the door wearing this. I didn't think it would take long, but I thought I would at least get to finish my blog post!
I will definitely not be scared of sewing leather anymore. It is really wonderful to work with. Just go slow, get the right tools, and have fun with it!