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Speeding Motorcycle Jacket

Added Apr 23, 2012

by threadsquare

Somerville, Mass...






I finished my waxed canvas jacket last week, and have been wearing it ever since. I think I’m in love. Now I need a motorcycle (have my license!)

There is a bit more info on my blog about the process, but in short, this came together much more easily than imagined. I used waxed canvas for the outer fabric, a thrifted bed sheet for the lining, stash fabric for the pockets, and splurged on fancy YKK Excella zips. The main alteration (other than fit) was to move the sleeve zips off the seam and to the inside. This allows for easy access, and it matches the rest of the exposed zips (the seams are in an awkward place for the zippers to actually be useful, IMO).

Material Notes

waxed canvas, cotton/poly bed sheet, cotton, 5 zippers,



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Classic, Other, Punk
Cotton, Blends, Other


Vogue 1198

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    May 21, 2012, 02.37 PMby sewknitting

    I love your jacket! It fits you perfectly, looks great.

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    Apr 27, 2012, 11.44 PMby neveenkarnes

    i love it. I have the Motorcycle can I have the jacket…lol which pattern did you use for it? well done :)

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      May 10, 2012, 08.08 PMby threadsquare

      Hmmm… a ride for a try on ;) I used Vogue 1198

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    Apr 25, 2012, 04.00 PMby anajan

    Amazing! Love the style and the asymmetry. Perfectly sewn too!

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      May 10, 2012, 08.09 PMby threadsquare

      Thanks, Ana :) Not quite perfect… in retrospect, I really should have used topstitching thread, which I always forget to buy. Some day I’ll remember everything in advance!

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    Apr 25, 2012, 01.52 AMby wildflower31

    very chic.

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    Apr 25, 2012, 01.29 AMby Tracey McGowan Wirth

    So darn fantastic, I love your blog post too!

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      May 10, 2012, 08.10 PMby threadsquare

      Thanks, Tracey! Had to give a Daniel Johnston shout out!

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    Apr 24, 2012, 11.48 AMby daughterfish

    This looks rad! Great job!

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    Apr 24, 2012, 08.06 AMby chula123

    I too would fall in love with this :-)) Fabulous jacket, and not just for riding a bike, although it certainly would be fun, wearing this and riding a bike :-)

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      May 10, 2012, 08.11 PMby threadsquare

      I’ll have to wrangle a ride from someone… right now it’s getting a lot of rides on the bus. That’s kinda lame ;)

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    Apr 24, 2012, 06.39 AMby prettysewinggirl

    oohhh pure inspiration :) Thanks for sharing :)

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    Apr 24, 2012, 06.11 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    this jacket is so well made and cool! my full admiration for this job and congrats to your choice of fabric and colors! GREAT!

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      May 10, 2012, 08.14 PMby threadsquare

      Thanks Ralft! It’s finally done :) I just had an idea… imagining your pink Chanel-inspired moto jacket, but in pink leather. Woah!

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    Apr 24, 2012, 04.43 AMby jillsparks

    I already left a comment on your blog, but, cause I LOVE this jacket so much, thought I’d say it again here-sofreakingamazing!!!

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      May 10, 2012, 08.19 PMby threadsquare

      Aw, thanks you! It’s in heavy rotation. Rotation? It’s the only weather-appropriate jacket I own. Ha!

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    Apr 24, 2012, 01.13 AMby nessys

    Wow – you look way cool. Those zips sound scary and I love you salvaged a whole heap of stuff to make this. You are just too darn cool Honey – a sewer AND a biker – a lover, not a fighter. You never fail to impress me (who can’t really just drive a car and don’t get me started on zips…..). Born to be Wild, Born to be Wild! xxx

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      May 10, 2012, 08.24 PMby threadsquare

      Biker jacket = total illusion of cool. Or maybe wearing a biker jacket actually makes one feel cool? Methinks that’s it! Peel it off, dork shines bright! Vroom vroom…

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    Apr 23, 2012, 10.40 PMby sophienissirios

    Love the style. Great jacket :-)

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    Apr 23, 2012, 09.20 PMby jacquipardue

    fabulous jacket! the color is great.

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      May 10, 2012, 08.24 PMby threadsquare

      Thanks… just love that grey!

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    Apr 23, 2012, 08.25 PMby RedDynamica

    i love it!!

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    Apr 23, 2012, 08.24 PMby NeederMoo

    Ahhhhhhh! Super coooool! :D

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    Apr 23, 2012, 07.59 PMby step-van-b

    This is a very stylish biker jacket. Great job!

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      May 10, 2012, 08.25 PMby threadsquare

      Thanks! It’s a very well-made pattern, so easy to follow.

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