Sunday, November 7, 2010

Leather Coat is Done!

It's done, it's done! I bought this leather in the spring when the McCall's patterns came out. This pattern came out and FabricMart had their leather skins on sale for 50% off at the exact same time...kismet! I only paid roughly $65 for the leather for this jacket. It's McCall's 6171 Made for You pattern, meaning it has prepackaged for cup sizes A through D.



I was all excited to make this then as the summer progressed, I got cold feet. I had already made up most of a muslin but didn't like the sleeves. There was way too much sleeve cap ease and I was leary to try and reduce it. It's not something I've done before. About two weeks ago, after I completed my Halloween costume, I pulled out the muslin and decided to try again. I wanted to make the jacket but I didn't think I'd go through with making it out of leather. Well, long story short, the sleeve modifications worked out very well so I decided it was time to be brave and use the leather. My new motto this year has been now or never!

I modified the zipper and took it all the way to the top. I actually stitched the zipper in up to the collar then when I turned over the collar with the lining, I didn't like it. Luckily, I was able to take out the first zipper and put in zipper number 2 in all the way to the top of the collar. I think it looks cleaner.

Here are some pictures. I plan on doing a review on Pattern Review here shortly to describe more of my modifications and working with leather. Leather turned out to be quite fun to work with. I'm even considering trying to make myself some leather pants.

Pattern Review Link

My dress form doesn't fill out the coat as well as I do.









I used glue I purchased from my local indie to secure the hem. I had tried it on some of the seams to hold them in place while I stitched them but I didn't like it. I ended up using pins, yet pins, and some clips. The hem is stil a bit tight but I believe it will loosen up as I wear it.

13 comments:

Ginnie said...

It looks FABULOUS! You're so brave! :)

Kristine said...

Nice job! I love the color, and think you did a fabulous job with the sleeves. For a first timer, you look like a pro!

RuthieK said...

Oh its absolutely GORGEOUS! Well done.

Michelle said...

Kim, that looks FANTASTIC!!! I would never believe even for a minute that this is your first leather garment. Wonderful work!

Victoria said...

Great jacket! I love the zipper all the way to the collar---nice move. Your choice of leather was great. You worked that leather like it was nothing. This jacket is in my queue. Hope I do as good of a job as you (wink). BTW, this is my first time on your blog (it's nice to meet you) and I look forward to following along with you.
~Victoria
tenthousandsewinghours.blogspot.com

Karen said...

Thank you for a much needed kick in the pants. I too bought this pattern when it came out, made a muslin, adjusted the sleeves and even cut out the leather. And now it's sitting. Need to get back to working on it. Your jacket looks fabulous, I love the color and there's no way that looks like a first leather project.

beurreblanc said...

wow this look fabulous. Wonderful craftsmanship, fabulous style and it looks great on you

Sewingelle

Karin said...

What a success! I am really impressed. I've never tried to sew leather. You make it look tempting.

K.Line said...

This is terrific! Excellent work and the style looks great on you.

Sue said...

Your jacket is fantastic and you are so brave to tackle sewing leather.

Eugenia said...

OMG! Your jacket is amazing - what a fantastic job you have done - it looks like a very expensive designer jacket!

Ann Brodsky said...

Oh my gosh-this is just BEAUTIFUL! This looks so fabulous on you.

Val Gal said...

I just have to give you a hugh compliment on this leather jacket. It is beautiful and looks amazing on you.