CLAFLIN, THAYER & CO.

JACKET #2

Liz
Here we go finally...lag zone on the blogular. I finished my second leather jacket about a month ago when it was nice and cold outside and I wanted something warm around my neck to fight off the chill. I'm loving the combo of brown and black and settled on a dark brown leather body with black sleeves. Click HERE to revisit the inspiration.Jacket #2 is a modified pattern of my first jacket, seen HERE. Sketches of the modified version below:
For Jacket #2, I made the sleeves longer, changed the waist to a leather casing with elastic, and added a nice sherpa collar for warmth.Sewing the lining.Welt pockets are lined with wool to keep your hands warm.Fur can be a total pain in the ass to work with. Here I am cutting away the fur pile from the skin at the seam allowance. This is necessary to do, otherwise the seams will turn out bulky and unflattering. This is a messy step and I should really wear a mask, but I'm lazy.After sewing the lining to the jacket, I'm trimmed the seams and turned the jacket right side out. I hammered all of the seams with my nice leather hammer to make them lay flat.
I wish I had made a larger shawl-type collar, as mocked-up below. I ended up sewing a basic turned collar, but I think a larger collar would have been nice. Next time. You learn as you go.
All done. I'm happy with it overall but kept a list of improvements for next time.
Thanks to Becca for snapping some photos and being a rad studio-mate.