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!
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.
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Would you consider sewing a leather jacket?