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My version of a black leather jacket for fall

Added Sep 11, 2011

by Laura Chirita

Timisoara, Romania






I wanted a leather jacket than goes with everithing, and fits like a glove…to buy one it’s very expensive, and I’m a XS size..so they don’t fit me well. So I decided to try and make one. And because it was the first time doing a leather jacket, I thought I’d use leather from 2 pairs of trifted pants( like 1$ both pairs), so I don’t ruin new expensive leather. The insinde it’s hot pink satin, the zippers cost more than the lather :) , and for the pattern…well I made it.:)( I made the sleeves pattern, and for the rest I modified a dress bodice pattern) you can see in the muslin picture( I kept the muslin as a layer, so than the jacket cand be worn all autumn long!:)

It feels and fits perfectly! What do you guys think of it?:) I really wanna know:)

Material Notes

black leather, muslin, pink satin, metalic zippers.


Garment Type
Leather/Fur, Satin

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    May 12, 2012, 01.43 AMby MissCorsetLizz

    Just Amazing!!!

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    Dec 29, 2011, 04.41 AMby lepetitmoineau

    One of my absolute favourite projects! Awe inspiring. Great job. Thank you for posting :) !

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    Oct 16, 2011, 01.19 AMby patti-r

    You are truly amazing, awesome sewing talents!!!!!!

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    Oct 16, 2011, 01.10 AMby patti-r

    You are truly amazing, awesome sewing talents!!!!!!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 10.33 AMby ninaXD

    wow!!! thts great job u did there :D i too always find leather jacket too much to pay for … can u send me the pattern plz so i could try to make one? ^^

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      Oct 16, 2011, 02.39 PMby Laura Chirita

      Thank you! Uf, I don’t have a pattern…I drafted the pattern in the muslin, and that remained in the interior of the jacket..Next time I’ll save the pattern, I didn’t thought everyone would like it this much!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 07.41 PMby kikiclothing

    this is great! do you have the pattern? I’m XS too! I love your work in leather.

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    Oct 5, 2011, 07.55 PMby amadarling

    this is great! very brave of you to work with leather as it can be so hard to manipulate! love it! xx

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    Oct 5, 2011, 05.42 PMby slightlyhaunted

    I ♥ the structure of the sleeve. Beautiful job..!

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    Oct 5, 2011, 12.14 PMby brendajean

    this is amazing ! Love the upcycyling! I would like to see it on you.

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      Oct 9, 2011, 09.10 AMby Laura Chirita

      Than youuu, I just added 2 pictures of me wearing the jacket.. :)

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    Oct 4, 2011, 10.49 PMby wardrobe-cat

    Beautiful! I love this structured style. Incredibly flattering. The sleeves are my fave. Perfect.

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    Sep 16, 2011, 05.08 PMby Rebecca Alleyne

    Love the sleeves! Love the pink Satin lining! This is a gorgeous leather jacket. I’d wear it everyday if i didn’t live in the Caribbean and it’s just too hot for leather anything here

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      Oct 9, 2011, 08.42 AMby Laura Chirita

      Well, now, when it’s already freezing in my 4 seasons country, I wish I could live in the Caribbean:( But I’m wearing my leather jacket:))

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    Sep 14, 2011, 12.17 PMby daughterfish

    This is totally amazing! Great work. Love the sleeves.

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      Sep 14, 2011, 04.06 PMby Laura Chirita

      Thank you! I was getting worried about the puffy sleeves, couse most of my friends don’t like that about the jacket… But your comment is reasuring:) So thank you!

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    Sep 14, 2011, 08.13 AMby sophielophie

    What a great leather jacket! I too struggle getting one in XS which gives a perfect fit and this design is simply gorgeous! Very impressed!

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      Sep 14, 2011, 04.04 PMby Laura Chirita

      Thank youuuu! Most of my friends don’t like the puffy sleeves, and I was getting worried, but reading all the comments here gives me confidence, and I’ll definitly wear it all autumn long!:)

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    Sep 13, 2011, 06.14 PMby wildflower31

    Very professional job.

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    Sep 13, 2011, 05.18 PMby Emeraldstar

    that is super flippin cool! i hope my leather jacket project comes out half as good!

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      Sep 13, 2011, 05.41 PMby Laura Chirita

      Well, can’t wait to see your version!:)

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    Sep 13, 2011, 05.23 AMby Agnieszka Bliszczyk

    Very interesting jacket!

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    Sep 12, 2011, 12.14 PMby Dibii

    Fantastic creativity! I would make a collar for the jacket, but anyway your option and work you did on it are great! I would love to have such courage to sew leather.

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      Sep 13, 2011, 05.41 PMby Laura Chirita

      Thank you! You should give it a try! You’ll see you’ll love to work with leathe, when you see what you can make of it:)

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    Sep 12, 2011, 11.21 AMby urbandon

    Great looking jacket. Love the fact that is up-cycled.

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    Sep 12, 2011, 05.57 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    this is such an amazing piece of work and i am totally impressed! lovely shape and great finish and the thought that it is made out of two pairs of old leatherpants is really fantastic! BRAVO!!

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      Sep 12, 2011, 03.00 PMby Laura Chirita

      WOW! Thank you so much!:)

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    Sep 12, 2011, 12.46 AMby kelepso

    Very nice and creative. I love the fact that it’s a up-cycle project. There’s nothing like taking some old and making it new. Great job!

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      Sep 12, 2011, 02.35 PMby Laura Chirita

      Thank you Kelepso so much!:)

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    Sep 11, 2011, 10.14 PMby alexus1325

    That’s fantastic! You did such a great job! I love the two-piece sleeves, because that’s not usually how a two-piece sleeve is done. Way to break convention! I think you definitely call this jacket a HUGE success :D

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    Sep 11, 2011, 10.01 PMby Hugs-and-Kisses

    That is one gorgeous jacket! I have been thinking about giving jacket making a go, but I really don’t think my sewing machine will handle such thick material! Any advice for sewing with leather? Also- I know you have said you used a simple dress pattern for to create the bodice, have you accounted for what you’ll be wearing underneathe becuase that was something else I have been unsure about – I.e. how much do you need to account for? congrats on an awesome garment xxx

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      Sep 12, 2011, 02.34 PMby Laura Chirita

      If my machine can handle leather, any machine can:) I made it very fitted to the body, but I can still wear a sweater underneath! You can fit the pattern with the muslin, and when you’re sure it’s perfect, you can cut the lining and the leather. And sewing leather it’s fun! You cand sew leather with your normal seweing machine, the secret is to loose the thread tension a bit more, and maybe choose a larger sewing step.

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    Sep 11, 2011, 07.14 PMby tirrs

    very nice!

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    Sep 11, 2011, 03.33 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    I’m very impressed! Great jacket! Would love to see a picture with you wearing it (would be a great way to show the fit!) (and would love some advise on sewing leather, if you would like to share some?) ;-) Great job!!!

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      Sep 12, 2011, 02.29 PMby Laura Chirita

      Thank you! I will take a photo with me wearing it soon. It’s preety easy sewing leather, the secret is to loose the thread tension a bit more, and maybe choose a larger sewing step.:)

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      Sep 13, 2011, 09.41 AMby Anna Aasbjerg

      Super! I’lll try that! Look forward to seeing you in your jacket! :-)

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    Sep 11, 2011, 01.14 PMby fashionfreek

    Very nice. Was it hard sewing leather? Thats one thing I would love to do. Your jacket is great.:-)

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      Sep 12, 2011, 02.28 PMby Laura Chirita

      Thank you:) It’s not hard…I made leather purses before and it was harder because it was new leather. You cand sew leather with your normal seweing machine, the secret is to loose the thread tension a bit more, and maybe choose a larger sewing step.:) So good luck and can’t wait to see your first leather project!

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    Sep 11, 2011, 10.22 AMby masty

    The puffy sleeves are perfect, the exposed zipper is such a great idea: I love love your jacket! Do you intend to post the pattern?

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      Sep 11, 2011, 11.29 AMby Laura Chirita

      Masty I love love you comment!:) I don’t have a pattern…I patterned on the muslin, wich ended up a layer in the inside of the jacket, to keep me warm:). But it’s simple… you just make the sleeve top longer for the puff pleats, and for the rest I used a basic bodice patten that I twisted a little:).

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    Sep 11, 2011, 09.44 AMby Lattikka

    It is very chic! Love the silhouette :) I would attach the zip more discretely though, however that is what makes this jacket funky :)

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      Sep 11, 2011, 09.49 AMby Laura Chirita

      Thank you:). The half exposed zipper was planned, to give it some edge:)

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    Sep 11, 2011, 08.53 AMby lennert

    Very nice! Did you draft your own pattern?

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      Sep 11, 2011, 09.05 AMby Laura Chirita

      Yes I did:). It all took 10h.

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    Sep 11, 2011, 08.48 AMby sealtopaz

    Wow, really incredibly beautiful. So chic and elegant.

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    Sep 11, 2011, 08.34 AMby memoryseed

    Pretty funky! Congrats congrats!

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