|Silhouette pattern #1912|
1. You can make mistakes when stitching into leather and the garment will not be ruined. Machine stitching into leather does create permanent holes. However, pressing reduces the size of the holes significantly. I made a few errors on the collar due to the fabric bulk. I carefully ripped out the stitching to not tear the leather. Then I pressed and restitched. Perhaps thicker skins will not press as nicely, but soft, supple lambskin presses beautifully.
2. Four layers of interfaced leather is the maximum thickness my machine can handle, and there will be some skipped stitches and seam ripping in these areas. The areas along the zipper teeth (both the collar and center front edges) have four layers of leather plus the zipper tape. I used a size 18 leather needle, heavy thread, and a long stitch length. I was able to stitch these areas to my satisfaction, but it was time consuming. If you have access to an industrial sewing machine, the jacket construction would be much quicker. My next leather project utilizes a heavyweight black cow skin. I plan to lap the seams and stitch through no more than two leather layers in any seam.
3. When you reduce sleeve cap ease to one inch or less, it is easy to set the sleeve, and cotton batting makes an ideal sleeve head. The sleeve fills out the cap so nicely and is an ideal amount of "bulk."
|Detail photo of cotton batting sleeve head|
4. Sewing with leather is very expensive, so your design should reflect unique styling and fine fit. It is possible to purchase leather jackets at outlet stores, sales etc. so it would be a disappointment to spend time creating a jacket that you could have purchased as ready-to-wear for the same or lesser amount of money. I don't think I could have purchased this jacket as ready-to-wear, and especially not a pearlized gray leather jacket.