5 reasons why custom leather is the right choice

5 reasons why custom leather is the right choice

Want to order a custom leather jacket but are not sure what it is all about, then fear not because here are 5 badass reasons why custom leather is the right choice for you.

1. It connects to your personality

Ever get that feeling dreaded when a jacket doesn’t suit you? 

Well, When working together my main priority is that I tap into your personality and bring that to life within a custom design. We talk about designs ideas, fabric colours, shape and size this is what leads me to get a feel on how to bring your unique style into the jacket with my design knowledge. Sometimes all it takes is to bring that style out of you and the rest is history.

2. It’s tailor-made to your measurements.

No more will you struggle with that feeling of ‘I can never find one to fit me properly’ because throughout the custom service I work with your measurements to create a leather that fits like a glove. I help you take measurements to then transform that into a pattern, from this a sample will be made and sent to make sure you are happy with the style a fit.

Once everything is checked you will then see your very own leather come to life.

3. It’s a handmade wearable piece of art. 

Whether you’re going for a full-on cutout leather design or chic plain jacket I make sure to create a wearable lifetime investment piece that makes you feel like the ultimate luxe rebel. You get to experience something so special and positive rather than buy into mass-produced. 

4. The fabrics-you can be sustainable and wear leather 

There can be a lot of confusion around the sustainability of leather. Vegan PU can be championed as being more sustainable but that is not always the case as it can often be full of plastics — which is not cool and the longevity of a jacket in PU is about 6 months to a year which means 9times out of 10 it will end up in the landfill. 

At Born to Thread I want to be 100% transparent with my products. I have spent many hours researching and sourcing leather fabrics to bring you the highest quality possible for longevity in my badass garments. 

Yes, all of my jackets are made from 100% real leather but I have also made sure that the hides are sourced from an ethical leather merchant in Northampton UK called GH Leathers, who only use skins that are a by-product of the meat industry, meaning the farming priority is food and the hide is secondary.

This was my main priority when sourcing hides for my products made from leather. 

5. It’s a unique service that takes time but is worth it in the end. 

Yes custom may seem like a long and drawn-out process especially with the same day demand with mass produces products can offer, but this is different this is a service that connects to you, to tap into that inner badass and create alongside me a signature piece for your wardrobe not only made to fit you but in time will collect stories and be passed down through generations to keep that style and sentimental investment alive 

A lot of people are shocked when they find out that my jackets are made from scratch, yes that’s right people all of it from the design, pattern cutting, cutting out of the fabric to the sewing the goddam thing up, Pretty badass right?

So after those 5 badass reasons on why custom is the right choice, are you ready to invest in your style and create a piece of wearable personalised work of art for yourself?

Hell yeah you are, Doors open in May 2022 so join my custom waitlist to be a VIP luxe rebel to be the first to sign up for my custom leather service.

Dust Settles – Not Your Usual Alternative Wedding Fair

Dust Settles – Not Your Usual Alternative Wedding Fair

The other week I packed up my badass jackets in Delores the mini and hit the road to go exhibit at the Dust settles – alternative wedding fair hosted by The Costa Sisters at The Shack Revolution in Hereford.

I had an absolute blast at this Las Vegas themed wedding fair and probably one of the most chilled out ones I have been too.

Not only were the other vendors incredibly talented and fun to meet but the entertainment was spot on too — more about that later

As I rarely do wedding fairs I had to get my thinking cap on as to how I wanted my stall to look. I wanted it to be inviting, relaxed to browse and my jackets had to be on show as I found been on rail doesn’t do them any justice.

I had a vision in my head of how I wanted it too look so I took it to paper and luckily enough my dad the handy man was able to build me the stands that I needed. Boom it was just what I wanted and perfect for showing off my jackets too because that was the main thing.

My kick ass stall at Dust Settles 

The best thing about this wedding fair was it started at 5pm so there was no rush to get there early and had the majority of the day to set up – it was all chill! 

I got to meet some fantastic couples who were excited about getting married and it was lovely to know that most of them followed me on instagram already to which they were interested to see my jackets in real life. So thank you if you are reading this and came along that day it was awesome to hear that.

Now nothing makes an alternative wedding fair like all the other vendor involved and here is just some of the kick ass suppliers involved that I highly recommend you check out if you are looking for your wedding

Peach and Wolfe – Dreamy badass stationary 

Skin and Bones Jewellery –  Incredible designs and just beautiful

The Cake Spa – Marshmallows to die for and the yummiest cakes you’ll ever see. 

Pink Palm Events – The raddest events planner

The House Of Love Illustration – Live illustration at your event – how cool

This Will Be Forever – prop hire to die for

But wait there is more and you can find the whole line up of vendors to view here

Now for the entertainment… well all I need to say is what a show they put on from fire breathing badass babes, killer catwalk to a drag bingo and a Trump drag act which was just hilarious and would just be the best thing to shock your auntie at the wedding with but on a serious note do check out these peeps because if you are looking for something alternative for your wedding then look no further.

The babes of Steel Cats fire breathing 

Im going to leave you with these stunning pics taken by Alt Wedding Co who have also taken the photos that I have used in this blog post. 

Bespoke wedding dress for New York bride

Bespoke wedding dress for New York bride

Last year I had the pleasure of making this totally unique bespoke wedding dress for Kate who was getting married in New York – amazing I know right just wait till you see the pictures.

As I have currently stopped my wedding dress service to focus on my leather jackets this dress was an absolute stunner to end on. Find out more about my bespoke leather jackets here 

Kate came for a consultation way back in 2018 to have a chat about her ideas on what she wanted. We talked about colours, shapes and fabrics plus it’s also a great way to get my clients to feel relaxed within my studio and find out how I work.

Her ideas back then were completely different to what she ended up having in the end, It’s amazing how much you change in just a year.

Fast forward to 2019 and after many discussions we decided on the shape, style and fabric. Which was the best choice in the end because it just fit so well with the whole look and feel of the wedding.

This is the final design we decided on.

So let’s talk about the fabrics and the shape.

When it came to the fabric I was looking for something elegant and soft, I came across this incredible tulle fabric that had delicate sequinned stars embroidered on in silver and pale gold which looked absolutely stunning.

I knew with the style we were making this had to be used and we did. The bespoke wedding dress was in two parts.

The under dress which was made with a  sweetheart neckline with boning for structure and a gradual flared skirt which was slightly up at the front to show off Kate’s kick ass boot from McQueen.

This was made from a subtle gold duchess satin fabric to tone in well with the tulle fabric.

The second dress was an over dress but the top half was made into a shirt style which look so elegant in the star fabric. The skirt part was the same as the under dress.

The over dress was made separate and with the intention to be worn again — which is even more cooler.

Oh but how could I forget the badass leather jacket she also had made to wear with her dress.

This was also made from a subtle gold leather to tone in with the wedding dress.

It was like everything just fell into place when we found the fabrics.

The sleeves being made up in the tulle star fabric
The collar being sewn in place 

The making of the bespoke wedding dress.

I started with working with Kates measurements to create a bespoke pattern that was unique to her, I could then develop on this if anything was to change. The next step was to take this into a toile which is a sample garment that helps through the fitting stages.

This is made from a plain fabric to help study the shape and fit of the dress.

Once I was happy with the pattern and the sample garment was fitting to how I liked, I then cut Kate’s dress out in the actual fabric. This is the best bit because you actually start to see the dress come to life as you can see from the photos below.

The under dress being made with leopard print lining.

The top half of the shirt being prepared for the buttons 

Final check of the collar 

Working on the sleeve for the leather jacket 

Final checks to see how it is looking 

I started to make the bespoke wedding dress up in the actual fabric 6 months before so it gave us plenty of time for any amendments.

The most fiddly part of the dress was to get the shirt style top to sit right with it being made in a tulle fabric especially around the neck. It was very fine a delicate to sew too, it tested my skills but I got there in the end.

I was so please with the outcome of the dress and the best feeling ever was when Kate brought her friend for a fitting and she burst into tears because she loved it so much. I think we were all nearly in tears at that point.

Having a bespoke wedding dress made is such a unique experience, you see your actual vision come to life in different stages. I truly believe if you are thinking about going for it… do! It’s an incredible journey for the seamstress and the client.

Now I know you’ve all been waiting for the photo so scroll and enjoy these killer photos shot by New York Dream Weddings 

Oh and they honeymooned in Vegas … I mean come on!  Goals right there. 

How to order from my custom leather jacket service

How to order from my custom leather jacket service

Wanna go custom? but not sure how or what I offer, then fear not, this post is to help and how the journey works when you order one of my badass jackets.

 

What makes my jackets different?

A lot of people are shocked when they find out that my jackets are made from scratch, yes that’s all of it, from the design to pattern cutting working with your measurements, cutting out of the fabric to sewing the design and jacket Pretty cool huh?

It definitely makes it like no other you’ve seen before.

I taught myself how to make a jacket from an existing one I had, then developed the patterns to change the style and create the perfect fit.

It also happens to be a personal favourite item of mine which is why I absolutely love making them.

Each one of my custom leather jackets is made from high-quality leather sourced from an ethical leather merchant in Northampton UK and you can read more about why I use real leather here 

All handcrafted by my fair hands from my home studio in North Yorkshire UK.

I have options for plain jackets or designs with a personalised design to your requirements, where each design is hand-drawn and cut out in leather to create a truly unique investment piece just for you.

I’m here to create magic for you and make you feel like the luxe rebel you deserve to be. 

My custom leathers will help you go from feeling lost and frustrated with your wardrobe to being able to put together badass outfits confidently and effortlessly every day. 

HOW IT WORKS 

 

  • Jackets will be made from my blocks to your measurements and can be personalised to suit whatever design you have in mind. 
  • I start by discussing via email or zoom about your designs ideas, fabric colours, sizing, FAQs, and for me to get a feel on how to bring your personality into the jacket with my design knowledge. 
  • Follow up of all info discussed through a confirmed email 
  • I then take your design idea and draw it up in digital form so you get an idea of what it will look like
  • I can send any fabric samples to you in person before the making of the jacket to make sure you’re 100% happy with the colours and fabrics 
  • A sample of the jacket will be sent with a zoom call for me to check the fit before making in leather   
  • Email updates on the process of your jacket to make sure you are 100% happy with how it’s looking.
  • PDF printout on how to care for your jacket 
  • Lifetime guarantee  
  • All jackets will be posted in a luxe bespoke Born to Thread reusable box. 

HOW TO ORDER

My custom service opens up two times a year in February and July, I book up to 15 people on my custom spots to work with them personally over 6 to 8 weeks, Custom takes time and this is slow fashion rebels.

I have a waiting list open ready for February 2022 where you will be able to find out when I open and you get the chance to book on with me first.

LUXURY INVESTMENT 

  • Custom jacket to tailored to your size with no design – pricing starts from £599
  • The full works inc. custom design on the back and jacket tailored to your size – pricing starts from £799
  • A £100 deposit is required to secure your spot, payment plans are welcome 

(Jacket postage is included in the price)

Personalised designs don’t just have to be on the back, I can detail the front, sleeves, lapel and back. 

I guarantee when you wear a piece of Born to Thread you will feel like your own luxe rebel icon.

So are you ready to invest in your style and create a piece of wearable personalised work of art for yourself?

CUSTOM ORDERS WILL RE-OPEN IN FEB 2022, WANT TO BE THE FIRST TO KNOW? THEN SIGN UP FOR MY VIP WAITLIST

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Bespoke Clothing – Is It expensive

Bespoke Clothing – Is It expensive

 

Bespoke Clothing

When it comes to the word bespoke or handmade it sounds expensive right?

And yes it might seem that when first enquiring but hear me out when you sit and think about how much you spend on fast fashion that doesn’t last then in the long run it actually works out a lot less in money.

Why?

  • its made to last a lifetime
  • Its made with care
  • Its made sustainably
  • Its made for you! 

I believe you have to look at it from a mindset view, when you decide to go bespoke you will probably look after the item of clothing and enjoy wearing it so much more than what you would spending on something that you just buy for the sake of buying.

When it comes to bespoke clothing its an investment piece that is made to fit you so it will not only will it make you feel incredible, it will also last a lifetime.

The biggest cost usually when comes to a handmade outfit is the fabric but I believe if you use high quality fabrics then the end result will be high quality.

So what happens in a bespoke service?

 

I love to know everything you want from an outfit from your personality to the shapes you desire and style you are going for, I can then take that information and see what would work out best for you.

I work with sketches and fabric samples of your choice as a starting point to create your unique garment.

Working one to one with me is an incredible journey too because not only will you see how the construction of a garment comes together it will be to your exact measurements and that’s not something you from the high street.

Now don’t get me wrong there are some amazing companies on the high street that are turning to being more sustainable but if you are looking for a completely unique piece then I suggest you think about going bespoke-I guarantee it will be the best decision you make

In the words of Vivienne Westwood

“Buy less Choose well”

 

Fancy reading more on bespoke clothing then check out my blog on

5 myths about handmade clothing 

Matching Personlised Leather Jackets : Las Vegas wedding

Matching Personlised Leather Jackets : Las Vegas wedding

Jo And Jonny celebrated their Las Vegas wedding earlier on in the year.

I had the honour of making them both their very own personalised leather jackets. 

It’s been one of my favourite designs to create so far and was a challenge, to say the least! 

To get a more of a vibe of what the couple were into I invited them to come to my studio so we could chat more about their wedding, where it was happening and did they have a theme they wanted to go with. 

They defiantly wanted something that represented them both and also wanted to bring a sentimental vibe that they were getting married in Vegas, I mean who doesn’t. 

They both have a passion for reptiles and even have them as pets themselves so they chose to have a snake incorporated around a heart. This was a tricky one to draw but I got there in the end.

To incorporate the Las Vegas theme I thought it would be cool to do the writing as they do on the biker patches so it stood out nice and bold. I also had to stick some dice in there because I believe the couple were rolling into good times! 

The design

With all my designs I start by sketching a hard copy out which then gets transferred to my iPad to redraw it through procreate, this means I can use colour to get more of a feel see how it looks. It was also easier to send to my clients as they can see what it will look like too and not just black and white. 

I can also keep my client updated as I’m drawing it to make sure it exactly as they want it.

This was the first time I had ventured into making a man’s leather jacket so that was an added extra challenge on top.

When working with Johnny’s size the pattern had to be drafted differently but luckily I had my handy men’s pattern book to help me along the way.  It was worth it, in the end, to see how it turned out.

I also took Jo’s measurements to make sure the jacket was perfect rocking for her too. 

For Jo went for a soft rose pink jacket and kept the design colours complementing the colour. I used my leopard print lining to fully line the jacket as the pink colours really popped with the jacket and the back design.

With Johnny’s we went for a classic black and used similar colours for the design but used a red for the heart instead of pink, It was fully lined in a classic red lining too. 

I love how the black and white lettering just pops out of the jacket.

I was so excited when I saw the pictures of them both wearing it in Las Vegas, it just looks so blummin cool and badass. 

They took to the streets of Vegas at night with jackets in tow. 

If your looking for a custom jacket to represent you on your big day or any day in fact then check out my rocking custom leather service  and sign up to the waitlist to be first to hear when my service opens up