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The leather challenge vest

Added Nov 9, 2015

by Maria Hayek

Asker, Norway






It all started with a trip to the flea market and a 40 krone (~5 dollars) genuine leather jacket. It was an old bomber jacket and I took it as a remodelling challenge for myself really. After some browsing, my choice fell on this leather vest.
A few deviations from the pattern happenned:
- I didn’t have enough leather to have the side back panels cut as one piece, so I split that pattern piece into two instead.
- For the front lining, I taped the three front pieces together to reuse the old lining and front facing pieces, so I ended up with two front pieces with darts instead.
- Did a similar thing for the back lining, but had to add a leather back facing, as the original jacket didn’t have it.
- I resued the original zipper as well.
- But! didn’t take into account how wide it is and ended up with the collar flap too short to have a snap fastener on.
- And the leather was of course a bit too thick for the purpose, so it’s not the best to be used as an inside vest as I hoped, but it can be done for some places/occasions.

Whether I keep it and wear it is still uncertain, but I’ve learned from the experience (also the limits of my sewing machine :) ) and am happy with the outcome. I did the transformation once, I can do it again :)

Material Notes

Genuine leather as main fabric.
Some sort of polyester as lining.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Rock

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    Nov 18, 2016, 01.30 PMby FluffyBottom

    That’s a lovely job! I would definitely wear that with pride!

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      Nov 18, 2016, 05.18 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much :)

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    Mar 22, 2016, 11.49 AMby yogamom

    Awesome and amazing! I want one too, and I wonder if you kept it in the end?

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      Mar 23, 2016, 06.45 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much :) I did keep it for now, but don’t wear it that often to be honest…It might still go, but I’ll give it some more time :)

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    Nov 17, 2015, 02.40 AMby nrobson

    it looks wonderful! you did a great job x

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      Nov 17, 2015, 06.18 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much :)

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    Nov 11, 2015, 03.02 AMby RedBelka

    You did an awesome job! I would definitely wear it!

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      Nov 11, 2015, 07.33 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you :) I’m taking it out for a test run today :D

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    Nov 10, 2015, 07.34 PMby liliv-1

    I like it very much! It’s a perfect match for your skirt! Of course you should keep it and wear it a lot!

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      Nov 10, 2015, 11.48 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thanks Liliv. That’s very encouraging words :)

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    Nov 10, 2015, 06.22 AMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Great refashioning project! I would never try it, sounds too complex. You should definetely keep it. The skirt is very pretty, too.

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      Nov 10, 2015, 08.11 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you Elpida :) Maybe I will keep it after all…

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    Nov 9, 2015, 10.18 PMby Beccki

    I think it looks great on you, I think you should keep it.

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      Nov 9, 2015, 10.33 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thanks Beccki. We’ll see if I develop more feelings for it with time :D

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    Nov 9, 2015, 10.05 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Kjempeflott! :) Du har gjort en fantastisk jobb – skinn kan være veldig krevende å sy!

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      Nov 9, 2015, 10.32 PMby Maria Hayek

      Kjekt å høre :) Det har ikke vært enkelt nei, men gikk passe bra…

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