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Lamb-Braid, the Cropped Leather Jacket

Added Nov 1, 2010

by lillydee

Worcester, Massa...






This jacket started out as a frumpy, shapeless Eddie Bauer jacket. When I saw it in the thrift store though, I fell in love with the soft lambskin. I deconstructed most of the seams and reconstructed it so that it fit closely on the body and forearms. It puffs a little on the upper sleeves. I envisioned a little more of a puff, but I didn’t have enough leather.

I used a thrifted silk dress as the lining and a black grosgrain ribbon to bind the bottom. To make the braid, I wrapped strips of the leather around rolled strips of thrifted sweatpants. Then I braided the strips together and added snaps to connect.

I got a little impatient when i was sewing on the braid, so I just used double-sided fabric tape to attach it along the neckline. It’s slipped a little and I need to strengthen it. Overall though, I love how it’s turned out.

Material Notes

Recycled black lambskin, recycled silk, grosgrain ribbon




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Leather/Fur, Silk

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    Jul 27, 2013, 11.34 AMby Trina Johnson

    This is so cute

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    Nov 4, 2010, 11.45 PMby lillydee

    Thank you all for the encouragement!

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    Nov 4, 2010, 07.44 PMby Olivia Anne

    wow this look fantastic, good job!

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    Nov 4, 2010, 05.27 AMby natski

    Thats a super jacket! Congrats!

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    Nov 4, 2010, 05.03 AMby smallone

    the great thing about Burda Style is the people are very inspirational….i will never look at a thrift store leather jacket in quite the same way again….fabulous job!!!

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    Nov 3, 2010, 02.52 PMby kelepso

    Wow! Very unique and different! Great piece!

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    Nov 2, 2010, 11.18 PMby ashchaser

    I love this!

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    Nov 2, 2010, 09.19 PMby violetsky

    An inspiring remake.

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    Nov 2, 2010, 08.56 PMby melonhead

    Woah that is so cool!!!! Awesome job! :)

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    Nov 2, 2010, 07.41 PMby tanitisis

    This is really gorgeous!

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