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08 Jun 2013 - 13:12103820
Creating a leather jacket (potentially from scratch...!)
Okay so I'm not normally one to dive straight in asking for help after deciding on a character, but then I'm also new to patterns and clothes making more generally (my Sif cosplay was 80% altered premade stuff).

I'm intending on creating Irisa from Defiance (image below) but I've come up short on her rather unusual leather jacket. I'm happy to have a go at sewing leather and investing in a sewing machine, but I'm also working on something of a budget (aren't we all?). What I'm wondering is are there any particular names for the kind of cut of the bottom of the jacket where it dips down both sides? Or the fold out collar? If I can search eBay enough for the right words I might be able to piece together multiple jackets!

Any advice on either leather working or what to eBay for would be brill!

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18 Jun 2013 - 15:48104203
Hiya, really your best bet is to pattern that out from scratch. The shape at the bottom is easy enough to get by having it hip/thigh length and then cutting to shape. Buy some nice red leatherette and line it with a thick cotton to get the weight you need. Then it won't be too unkind to your machine. To line something you cut an identical copy of your jacket pieces in your lining fabric, and widen the back piece by about 4" in the middle so you can put a pleat in it before inserting the lining (won't fit properly otherwise). You can either hand-sew the lining in, or bag it (http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4366/bag-your-jacket-lining). For the collar it looks like it's in two parts. Make a mockup and pin it and cut it till you've got the shape you want. It'll probably be mostly rectangular in shape apart from where you fit it to the neckline of the jacket.


20 Jun 2013 - 08:41104276
Thanks for the advice there I'm hoping I can just modify an existing jacket as I'm not sure I can pattern from scratch but I will keep this thread in mind!


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20 Jun 2013 - 13:58104290
Patterning it honestly wouldn't be that bad. If you modified a bought jacket you'd have to reinsert zips and things anyway. You could pattern it using a fitted zip hoodie or something that you already have, and that'll give you most of the shaping you need including the collar Just go to Primark, buy one cheap and cut it up - pattern pieces sorted! XD


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