Sewing a leather jacket… kind of.

While I was at the thrift store the other day I saw a not-so -lovely navy blue leather trench coat.

Isn’t she lovely.  I have never sewn with leather before, but the leather on this coat is so beautiful and in great shape.  I have been craving a cropped leather jacket and this seemed like the cheapest way to get one.  So I came home and ripped it apart with my trusty seam ripper.  I had to cut a lot of fabric away from the collar.  I added a zipper, and took the sholders in quite a bit.  I chopped the sleeves off.  Then I topstitched around the whole thing which my machine did NOT like.

I LOVE this jacket, there is something about wearing leather that makes you feel really cool and amazing!  I am going to use this as my “allready owned piece” for the pattern review mini wardrobe contest.  I did this contest last year and had so much fun!  I am going to make the following

  • Maxi dress out of a big floral in bold fall colors
  • Red kind of skinny corduroy pants made with uncut corduroy (love the stuff it is so soft and almost velvety.
  • A lace top, I think with some sort of peplum
  • A pencil skirt made out of a camel colored knit

I am giving myself an extra challenge this year and drafting all my patterns.  I hope it all goes well, I am almost done with the maxi dress so hopefully I can keep on track.

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13 Responses to Sewing a leather jacket… kind of.

  1. K-Line says:

    What an awesome refashion! And you probably have enough of that leather left over to draft a whole other jacket at some point (or pants, or a skirt).

  2. Rachel says:

    amazing transformation ~ you are so good !

  3. Meredith says:

    WOW. You took something hideous and made it look amazing and brand new! I would have never thought of that. You’re really quite creatively talented…this could totally go on Project Runway:) Also, the pieces you’re going to make sound awesome, and I don’t even know what half of what you said means (perplume?). Looking forward to it!

  4. melissa says:

    omg I totally LOVE this! I’d rip it off your back and wear it in a heartbeat! The piping detail on the front is just fantastic, too.

    And you remind me that I’ve still got 3 navy skins in my stash from Global Leathers in NYC… 🙂

  5. Mom says:

    Really really cool….love all those stitching lines….wondering, are you going to top stitch the edge of the sleeves?

  6. Mom says:

    Oh and you look totally hot in the pics…love the rip in the knee! haha!

  7. jessica says:

    Karen, totally awesome jacket. I want one of those circle tops!!!!! So glad you are sewing again and looks like you and Audrey are having a great time! They should have a parent/child edition of project runway.

  8. What a great update for that piece! It has such great seaming but it was totally obscured by the giant dated collar. Love it.

  9. dixiediy says:

    !!!! this is a chic little jacket! i love all the changes, the removal of the collar, the shorter sleeves, the swingy look to it. i think the vertical pin-tucks look really special in this sleek design! love it!

  10. Meigan says:

    Woah! This is Rockin’ !! Truly fabulous refashion–Bravo!

  11. Tanit-Isis says:

    This is AWESOME! I love how you kept the tucks, and it is TOTALLY cool! 😀

    … now I want a cropped leather jacket. /sniffle.

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  13. KathleenS says:

    You did an amazing job with the jacket! I sew but I can barely work out how you did it – plus I would never ever think that it was “home sewn”.

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