Leather jackets are an absolute staple in the wardrobe but can be quite a daunting task to sew, Fear not! we have found a great pattern for a simple and super sleek leather jacket.
Pattern | We used the PDF Burda pattern ‘Suede Blazer’ for this project. It was a nice simple pattern and totally affordable.
Leather // First off, pick your leather. For this project, we used 4 black lambskin leather hides( 2 large and 2 small).
All of our stores worldwide stock an incredible range of leather styles & colours from exotic animal prints to geometric laser cut hides. Chat with our staff about what weight is appropriate for this project and they will be happy to advise you.
Note: Unfortunately at this point in time our online store does not stock leather.
Supplies | A good pair of shears, leather machine needles, leather glue for the seams, and a white or silver gel pen for tracing the pattern onto the leather. I highly recommend using a Teflon foot, as it makes sewing over the suede underside of the leather much easier.
Sewing tips |
1- This pattern from Burda does not come with seam allowance, so make sure to add that on before cutting out. I added 1.5cm which gave a nice amount of room to glue the seams down.
2- I added a bit more width to the front panel to create more of a waterfall style collar, this is 100% optional, but worked well, and was an easy adjustment to make, just by extending the front collar piece out a few cms (I did 8cm) and blending it back into the front edge of the jacket.
3- Trace the pattern pieces onto the wrong side of the leather using a gel pen, but first make sure you know where any blemishes or imperfections are on the right side so they don’t end up on a panel!
4- While glueing I found it best to snip into the seam allowance on curved edges, this way when you glue the seam down it sits nice and flat.
This pattern was fairly straightforward, and not complicated to sew up. We would recommend having a few practice runs sewing with leather if this is your first time. The leather we used was beautiful to handle and has a really lovely fall to it which made it perfect for this project!
July 15, 2016