DIY Leather Motorcycle Jacket

DIY Leather Motorcycle Jacket

I finished my leather motorcycle jacket!

This was quite a project!

I used cowhide leather in Calvary Distressed Bone courtesy of The Leather Hide Store. It was upholstery weight, giving my jacket a rugged, authentic motorcycle jacket weight and feel. My husband has been riding motorcycles for years and has a collection of  protective leather jackets. This one I made is about as thick as a few he has. So I plan to wear it if I ever go out with him as I’m sure it will protect me!

DIY Leather Motorcycle Jacket

I used a sewing pattern by Style Arc called The Ziggi Jacket. I made three muslins because the original fit was very boxy, plus I had to do a FBA. But I love the design details on this pattern. Especially the quilted inserts on the sleeves and back which I sewed on my new Bernina 560. I won’t lie when I say I went through about three packs of leather needles trying to get this jacket sewn up on my home machine. I would recommend buying a lighter weight in leather if you visit the Leather Hide Store to shop for a hide for your own jacket. Or you can try the Calvary Bone, too. I was so in love with the color and texture of this leather that I was willing to endure a few broken needles. This leather was 3.5 ounces making it a challenge for a home sewing machine. I would recommend anything under 3 ounces for non industrial machines.motojacket3.jpg

DIY Leather Motorcycle Jacket

I would have preferred to use heavy topstitching thread on my jacket, but the tension freaked out on the thicker thread going through the layers of leather, so I had to use plain all purpose thread.DIY Leather Motorcycle Jacket

DIY Leather Motorcycle JacketPhotos by Fred Stafford

More posts about sewing with leather and working with this pattern:

Types of sewing machines for sewing with leather.

Sewing with leather basic tips.

Exposed zipper pocket in leather jacket tutorial

Cutting a pattern in leather

Fitting the Ziggi motorcycle pattern by Style Arc

Would you consider sewing a leather jacket?

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  1. Olga Becker says

    wow! Very impressive. You look great! And no, there is no way I would be attempting s leather jacket any time soon. 🙂

  2. says

    I’m so happy to see this jacket! I love it in the bone color rather than traditional black- how chic!! That jacket is I sane, I’m so jealous. I just won a $50 gift certificate to the Hide Store and I can’t wait to shop. I’m not ambition enough to take on a jacket though. Nor do I have enough money lol! Do you have any ideas for smaller, (easier) leather projects?

  3. says

    You hit it out of the park Justine! I have admired this pattern ever since it came out. I love your interpretation of it!

  4. says

    Love, love, love your jacket, Justine!!! It looks fabulous. I really like how you push yourself, getting the fit of your garments just right and stepping out of your comfort zone sewing with a heavy leather.

    • justine says

      Haha yes but they will have to wait awhile! I have another planned in soft and supple lambskin leather

  5. Brenda Kimberlin says

    Wow!!! It’s gorgeous!

    I am STRUGGLING to finish my very first tailored jacket … and feeling very frustrated by it all … but your fabulous jacket has restored my faith — it really IS worth it.

  6. says

    OH MY. This is amazing.
    Your leather choice is gorgeous, the jacket is perfect, and it looks so great on you (gorgeous friend!). WAY TO GO!

  7. Judy says

    Absolutely beautiful.. You did an outstanding job..
    To answer your question.would I consider making a leather jacket. NO!!! NEVER!!!! lol

  8. says

    I adore this jacket, and now I want to read all of your links on sewing with leather and try something myself. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. says

    Justine, you are my sewing hero. The jacket is amazing! I have been following the process and been waiting to see the finished jacket. It. Is. Fabulous!

  10. thandy says

    wow this is amazing, i just bought the thin leather and this jacket has motivated me i will try out my DIY too hope make something wearable and thank a lot on the machine tips.