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Leather Jacket

For the past couple of weeks I have been working on what has probably been my biggest ever dressmaking challenge so far.

I had a call from Lucy saying they were on their travels and had found some lovely soft leather on Birmingham market and would it be good enough to make a leather ‘Stage Jacket’ !!! This was for a new persona she has created as Yumah, https://www.facebook.com/YumahSounds/?ref=br_rs    this is in total contrast to the band she has, The Madeline Rust, https://www.facebook.com/themadelinerust/     Of course says mum…..

So here I am two weeks later a little more grey but boy has it been worth it. From making 3 toiles for the style and the size, we came up with a short boxy style reminiscent of a matadors jacket. This was to be embellished with ready made motifs and trim.

And the colour of the leather…Yellow. WOW

whole hide

After making my pattern next came the scary bit of making that first cut…

Sampling seams and stitch length….

sample seams

First of many seams done….

first seam

Once the main pattern pieces were stitched, and before the under arm seams, we then needed to decide where the motifs needed to be placed….

We tried them first on the Toile….

just looking

Motifs all glued and stitched , lining in, ready for facing and collar…

Collar glued…final tweaking….

To say I’m pleased with the result is an understatement…It has been a challenge, brain taxing at times, but I couldn’t wish it to look better.

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Thank you Yumah for keeping me ‘young’ and please keep these challenges coming.

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