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 they were into I invited them to come to my studio so we could chat more about their wedding and where I was happening and I they had a theme they wants to go with. 

They defiantly wanted something that represented them both and also wanted to bring 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 like they do on the biker patches so it stood out and I 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 then I transfer it to my iPad to re draw it through procreate so I can use colour to get more of feel to see how it looks, its also easier to send to my clients as they can see what it will look like too and not just black and white. 

I 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. The pattern all had to be drafted differently to a man’s size but with he making I just took the same principle as what I use for the ladies jackets. 

I took both of their measurements to make sure the jackets were of a perfect fit for them. 

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

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 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 personalised jacket to represent you on your big day pleas do drop me a message here

Leather jackets – What fabrics do I use to make them

Leather jackets – What fabrics do I use to make them

It’s a no brainer that the clue is in the title when I use leather for my leather jackets but its not just about that, I wanted to basically explain why I use real leather in my designs and where it comes from. 

All my leather is sourced from a high quality leather merchants within the Uk called GH Leathers. They specialise in sustainably sourcing there hides through ethical farming. This was a big one for me as I knew that if I wanted to use leather for my jackets then I needed to know it came from a place like this. I actually visited G. H. Leathers last year and they were very helpful and open to talking about their range of hides and where they were from. 

Their range of hides were unbelievable and I spent a good few hours just looking and vast range of colours. 

If you would like to know more about the company, they have a more in-depth article on their website here

I started using real leather about a year ago and I can honestly noticed a big difference from using PU leather. Not only is in not plastic the longevity in the produce has a bigger life spam the what faux leather would.

The difference between PU and real leather:

PU

  • Its made from plastic
  •  Its easily torn
  • It doesn’t have longevity
  • It won’t decompose due to it being plastic
  • Its not sustainable for the environment

Real leather

  • Its made naturally and ethically
  • It gets better with age
  • It won’t loose its value
  • Its higher in quality
  • Its more sustainable for the environment
  • It will last longer

In a world so heightened in sustainability I knew this would be the right option to make my business into fully using leather. Yes, the PU leather may come across as being vegan friendly but it is no way sustainable for our future.

All my jackets are tailored made by hand and if you would like to find out more information, check out my personalised jacket service

The inspiration behind my new designs

The inspiration behind my new designs

My new design have gone live! If you haven’t heard already if not where have you been.

I started working on the design development last summer whilst I was on holiday in Portugal. Trying to sit still and relax doesn’t last long with me and my mind is always going, always wanting to do the next thing.

So whilst I was sat sunning myself I pulled out my sketch book and started designing.

The main focus of on these new designs was the tailoring the fit and the purpose of them especially when it came to the jackets.

I also wanted to make them sustainable ad ethical as possible.  My whole business is based around slow fashion and creating quality investment pieces to your wardrobe and outfits that make YOU feel like da bomb! 

I’ve made many garments throughout the years but I always home back in on tailoring and the finished outcome so I went with my strengths on this one 

I wanted to steer away from custom designing the back of them, as much as love creating artwork for the back of them but there is a hell of a lot out there now and I wanted to offer something a bit different and unique. 

I will still be offering the custom design just on a smaller scale. 

Going a little off course a bit but here is a little back ground story of how I first started making biker jackets

Back in 2015 when I first started getting into making these jackets I never knew they would take me this far, from a tiny sample of fabric I saw to making actual real leather jackets. 

It has been a hell of a learning curve, the first ones I made the fabric was well not very good at all but you’ve got to start somewhere and I didn’t have the budget at the time to go for real leather. 

I had never made a leather jacket before so it was completely alien to me. Finding videos as well for guidance was very slim.

I had worked a little with leather before but not on a massive scale so I took one of my favourite jackets and created a pattern from scratch just by looking and measuring it. 

After creating a sample from the pattern I had done I was hooked and was truly excited by what I had created just by eye.

From this I took the pattern and graded up the sizes to a size 8 to 18 this tested all my knowledge of pattern cutting making sure everything was accurate.  

I started with making sleeveless design with what I can say now not very good back designs at all, I was still finding my feet and handling the fabric.

I sat down and developed on these patterns and found these were more popular so bye bye sleeveless jackets.

Roll onto now and back to the original story I was telling you about my new designs.

Each pattern has been developed again to ensure a great fit and I now have a short waisted jacket and a longer length jacket. 

I wanted these designs to be made sustainably as possible and with everything being made in house by myself and all the materials being ethically sourced it has really brought the whole look together. 

LEATHER

I have two leather options available —  real leather and vegan leather. 

I have sourced high quality real leather from GH Leathers in Northampton who are a well recognised for their fabric been ethical and that was a big factor for me.

The warehouse was like an Aladdins cave when I went to look around, I literally spent three hours there easily. 

The iridescent and matt black jacket fabric have been made from the GH Leather. 

Now the vegan leather I was using for the sleeveless jackets had to go that was non negotiable, I disliked it and didn’t show off my jackets to the full potential. 

So I searched for what seemed like forever to find the perfect PU vegan leather to keep this as an option for people. 

After many samples and feeling like I was never going to find the one, I stumbled across a fabric company that I already had an account with just never really used, so I checked out there selection and low and behold they had it all along. It’s soft, slightly stretchy and has a matt finish to it; It could almost pass for being real leather, but it’s not. 

Lining

I have always been a fan of leopard print so I took to procreate to design my own fabric which I could use as a design for my linings.

This has always been a massive goal for me to create a unique design that would stand out and is recognised for been a BTT garment. So the fabric has been designed by me and printed in the UK. I’m hoping to have a few more selections in the future.

Zips 

I had this thought how cool would it be to have black zips, it took me forever to find nice looking ones and companies that actually do them. I then stumbled across a place that makes zips by hand and had an array of colours, They did black, YEY! 

So even my zips have all been handmade within the UK which I am very proud to support these business and not have sourced overseas. 

Boxes.

The final touch was to create a luxury box for my garments to be sent out in, I knew in my head what I wanted but finding the right dimensions was a tricky one.

Luckily I had used the Tiny Box Company before and they didn’t fail to deliver. It was a big cost and with all of my money going back into developing everything it was do I don’t I kinda move and they are made from recyclable products which is a winner and they are handy to reuse after 

I bite the bullet and went for it and I am so glad I did because the perfect and just what I wanted.

All my jackets are now posted in a bespoke black and pink foil Born to Thread reusable box which snaps shut with an internal magnet fastening. 

Which brings me to the inspiration behind it.

If anyone know me you’ll know how much I love the 80’s not just the fashion move in movies and music kinda way so when I was researching the key person that stood out for me was Madonna, I mean what’s not to love about her style which has changed many of times.

It was interesting to see how there was a lot of leather and lace mixed together around that era which is why I have a lace coat dress in my collection 

Another era I absolutely adore is the 50’s not just for the cute dresses but mainly the tailoring that carried on from the 40’s its amazing how fitted and tailored garments used to be. 

Prime example of this is Dior swooooooon in fact I’m going to see the Dior exhibition at the V&A later this year and I’m beyond excited, to see the garment up personal is going to be a real treat for the eyes. 

I also did a lot of research into leather jackets, looking how they were made and all the different style features they had. 

Come follow me on Pinterest to see what else inspires me

With mixing the two together it helped me create the look I was going for and also in keeping with the present day too. 

I pride myself in making garments that make you feel empowered when wearing them and with these particular designs I wanted YOU to feel wild and free whilst wearing them. 

Now to introduce to you my new designs, there may only be three but I didn’t want people to feel overwhelmed and with the leather being a big cost I had to narrow down my choices to begin with.

Also I’m all about slow fashion so I can launch more jackets later when I want. 

I teamed up with the incredible Natalie Pluck who takes the most dreamiest of photos and Gemma Rimmington MUA who’s make up skills are just amazing. 

We styled the shoot at Saltburn by the sea on what was the most foggiest day ever, after such a glorious week of sunshine we were baffled when we were graced with this on the day but I have to say it gave the pictures a more depth and atmospheric.

I thought the beach would be the perfect setting with feeling wild and free. I believe you should be carefree about what you wear,  your style is YOU and don’t let anyone tell you any different. 

LOOK 1 
Iridescent short waisted leather jacket
LOOK 2
Black frill leather jacket
LOOK 3 
Heavy corded lace coat dress.
The difference between Bespoke and Couture – What I offer in my services.

The difference between Bespoke and Couture – What I offer in my services.

First of all I want to explain to you the difference between bespoke and couture.

The two are similar and can be classed as ‘made to order’  with custom measurements. They both suggest high quality materials with quality construction.

“Bespoke” is an English and means ‘made to order’ mainly from the customers measurements and alterations to the customers taste. Customers choose the fabric and the design and very much have their personal input into the whole process. 

A bespoke garment is usually constructed mainly be machine but still has the integrity of high quality materials, design and construction, but would not be considered as couture. 

“Couture”  means ‘highly handmade’ and is a French word for sewing or fashion.

About 60% of the garment is hand sewn, not by machine. This means hand finished seams, hand finished hems and possible hand-beading or other embroidery.  

“Haute Couture” is a very specific term and only certain fashion houses are legally allowed to use the term and they all have to meet a criteria list for membership which includes: design made-to-order for private clients with fittings, have a workshop in Paris with at least fifteen ateliers, at least twenty full time technicians on hand and present a collection of at least fifty designs twice a year.

Official top designers include: 

Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier. 

I see a lot of people throw these terms around without doing the proper research and mainly to make their work seem better, which can be very frustrating for the actual professionals out there. 

With my handy guide up above, it helps to know so it’s easy to research when you’re looking into a handmade garment. 

I pride myself at Born to Thread that everything is made in house form my small studio in Yorkshire with a mixture of bespoke and couture. 

What does this mean? Well, the main body of my garments are made by me using a sewing machine and then the finishing off of the garment is always done by hand. 

If I was to be embellishing anything then that would be done by hand also.

Why go bespoke?

At BTT I love to capture YOUR personality through fashion which is why it makes its such a special experience. 

  • It’s made to fit you, to your exact measurements.
  • It’s higher in quality, which means it last’s longer than fast fashion.
  • It’s sustainably good for the environment
  • It’s and investment piece and made with techniques and care you won’t find in the shops.
  • It’s a one off just for you. 

It may feel a very daunting experience getting fitted for a made to measure garment, especially if you have never had one made before but I trust you its not, in-fact its turns in to a such a memorable experience and one you can remember when wearing the outfit. 

So you maybe wondering now what my services entail and how long it takes.  Here is a small run down of the process of a bespoke service. 

CONSULTATION STAGE

Born To Thread invites you to an informal free relaxed consultation at my home studio where tea and biscuits are on hand or if you live far away Skype appointments are also available. 

We will discuss your ideas on design, fit, fabrics colours and timescale to help me understand how you would like your unique garment to look and give you more of an idea of how the process will all work.

Please note Skype appointments are only for consultations and design stage not fitting stage. 

It’s hard to give an exact price straight away, until I know a clear outlay of your idea and what fabrics you would like to use, I can then curate a guide price which can be finalised throughout the design stage

As a rough guide price bespoke garment start at £300 

If you are completely happy with what we have discussed then a 50% deposit is required. 

DESIGN AND FABRIC STAGE

From the consultation stage I will then work closely with you on the design development of your outfit involving sketches to the ideas we have discussed also fabric samples and embellishment will be sourced to the preferred colour-ways. I strive to find the best high quality fabrics to bring out the best in your garment. 

Another meeting will be set for us to talk over fabrics I have sourced, look over designs/modify any details and choose final outfit. I can also send you samples and meet over another Skype call to discuss all of this.

MAKING AND FITTING STAGE

A made to measure garment takes time with care and attention.

Working with your personal measurements a paper pattern is created from the chosen design.

Once the pattern is all ready a toile garment is made for the fitting appointment – a sample garment which is made from a plain fabric that allows me draw in style lines and see where we need to make amendments. 

The alterations from the fitting will be then transferred to paper pattern and also changed on the toile followed by another one to two fittings if needed. 

Depending on the alterations it will either be in the toile again or actual fabric. This will be discussed along the way. 

Once you are happy with the fit and style I will then go ahead and make/finish off your outfit, a final fitting is required to double check over last adjustments to make sure we get a perfect fit. From this personal experience, you will see your outfit come to life with experienced techniques.

Through all of this I will keep you regularly updated via email. 

The process of a made of a made to measure garment can take 6 to 8 weeks (depending on the garment being made) with a final fitting required to ensure the perfect fit and finish. 

I hope this has helped to give you more of an idea into choosing bespoke, if you have any questions or want to enquire more, please contact me. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQS Just for you! 

There is noting like stating the obvious in a blog post but I do get asked these question  and if you haven’t read my FAQ page then I thought I would iron out the answers for you. 

Grab a cuppa and lets get stuck in. 

I’VE FOUND MY PERFECT DRESS; DO YOU DO REPLICA’S?

I do NOT make direct copies and this is something that I am not comfortable with doing. I know it sounds harsh but I’ve spent years and sleepless nights! (at uni) developing my skills and learning my craft. However, I am happy to take ideas and elements as inspiration to help me design your dress or outfit. 

HOW LONG DOES A BESPOKE GARMENT TAKE?

Handmade leather jacket:

If you are looking at a personalised jacket please allow 6 weeks to get in touch but it can be made within 3 to 4 weeks, depending on design.

Jackets that are ready to buy from my shop can take 2 to 4 weeks depending how busy I am.

Bespoke clothing:

The process of a made to measure outfit can take 6 to 8 weeks (depending on the garment been made) with a final fitting required to ensure the perfect fit and finish.

Wedding dress / Bridesmaids:

A custom wedding dress takes time and skill and can be completed in 5 months but if you were looking for a lot of detailing I would recommend 8 to 9 months as this process cannot be rushed. 

You can read more about my services here 

 

HOW MUCH IS A BESPOKE DRESS/ OUTFIT?

It’s hard to give you a exact price when it comes to bespoke as prices can differ depending on style, fabrics and design details.

As a guide price:

bespoke garments from £300

leather jackets from £218

wedding dresses: from £800

I take 50% deposits after the quote has been finalised and I do offer payments plans for the final payments. This can be discussed in the consultation 

I offer a free consultation where all of the above will be discussed.

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

Yes, all my bespoke work is by appointment only.  You can contact me here to arrange a free hour consultation. 

WHEN WILL MY ORDER BE READY?

I aim to have your dress or outfit ready 2 weeks before, if you have a specific date please state this in the consultation.

HOW MANY FITTINGS WILL I NEED?

It all depends on the design and style of the dress, but as a guide it can take 2 to 4 fittings.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T MAKE MY APPOINTMENT?

Please let me know if you cannot make you appointment and we can reschedule.

Please arrive on time for your appointment so we have plenty of time to go through everything, if you are running late please contact me ASAP as we may have to reschedule.

DO YOU OFFER REFUNDS?

As all my garments are individually made to measure, I do not offer refunds on dresses or deposits.

 

I hope this has helped give you an outline of any questions you may have but as always please drop me a messgae if there is anything I haven’t mentioned. 

 

Bridie x 

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How I learnt my skills to pay the bills, Meet the maker

How I learnt my skills to pay the bills, Meet the maker

Hi, Hello, Bonjour, Hola …. 

I get asked a lot about how I go into making clothes so I thought it was about time that I wrote a little post about the maker (me) behind Born to Thread and how my skills have led me to pay the bills. 

Ever since I was little I was always draping fabric around everything, drawing pretty dresses and even cutting holes in the middle of the fabric to make something! (sorry mum, at least I know how to cut out properly now)!

I always admired my mum and grandma making clothes and every opportunity I got to help I would, so I guess my passion stated young.

My one memory of sewing was sitting with my grandma on a rainy Saturday afternoon creating little craft pieces, its something she loved to do and I was always excited when she suggested making something and nothing was a problem.

I think it also gave her an excuse to watch kids tv and films too!  

It was always exciting going to visit fabric shops too there is nothing better than getting to see and touch fabric in real, which is quite annoying that most fabric is online now as much as they have an amazing selection it’s just not the same as visiting a fabric shop. 

I started my fashion journey at Harrogate college where I did a year of art and then went on to do an ND in fashion and textiles.

Through the 2 years I learnt how to work on different briefs and design collections around them. I also had my first try at pattern cutting which was very confusing when I first started and many mistake was made! I wasn’t amazing at maths but I persevered and the more I did it the more it got easier.

Here is one of my first creations! I’ve struggled to find photos of these as it was such a long time ago.

Insert cringe face…

My next venture was to University, I wasn’t all that keen on going to be honest but my teacher pushed me to go and I’m so glad that I did because my I got to advance on my skills so much. 

I studied at Cleveland college of Art and Design for 3 years, I did a 2 year FDA Fashion production where I learnt advanced pattern cutting and sewing techniques. 

This course was mainly about the making of the clothing so you focused on all the production techniques used to make and finish off a garment. 

I absolutely loved the making side so I found this course really interesting and really helped that I had amazing teaches with incredible skills to push me. 

We also worked on live briefs with fashion companies which was a real eye opener and the timescale had to be spot on. I actually won a placement with Tesco’s childrenswear through one of these briefs which I was super proud of myself. 

I created a final collection for this course, at the time I was obsessed with couture and always have been inspired by vintage fashion. This collection was inspired by Marie Antoinette, French Frou Frou and the costumes from the film Sweeney Todd.

An array of mixed culture all rolled into one collection.

 I then went on to do a 1 year BA Fashion enterprise which was hardcore I’m not going to lie!

In this year I had a dissertation to do which when you’re not a writing type of person was HARD, lots of all nighters and early morning starts were involved in this. A business plan to create and a whole collection to go alongside of this, so many things to think about! 

But it was great organisation skills and learning how to keep a good time schedule especially when making clothes.

My advice to anyone on there 3rd year of uni… get organised and get prepared.

Also side note the fashion industry is not at all glamorous, it s gruelling, hard work, stressful but if you can push through all of that then your reap the benefits. Just keep going!

I had taken a year off in-between this so I when I went back it was amazing how much my inspiration had changed and style of collection I wanted to create. I fell in love with tailoring, British heritage and suits from the victorian era, especially the dandy influence.

For this collection I also took inspiration from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland film because I just think the costume skills that are used in these films are blummin amazing. You can get so much inspiration from the details and colours that are used.

The fabric I worked with was Harris Tweed to push the boundaries of the typical tweed jacket, I was obsessed with all the bright colours that they did and why weren’t people wearing them and just sticking to the boring green tweed! 

Yes, I’m a sucker for colour, but I mean life’s better in colour isn’t it?

I was super proud of this collection and I really pushed my skills with tailoring, it was no walk in the park but it was totally worth it.

Im kinda going back to that now with my jackets, I’ve always loved making them and I find it really satisfying creating a good fit and style to them.

I’m so grateful for all these skills I’ve learnt from the amazing teachers I had because their knowledge was incredible . I always knew that I wanted to start my own business creating fabulous clothes for people to make them feel empowered by what they wear, so that’s where BTT started   

Which brings me to today I’m 32 and I’m still loving creating, I’m also still learning in fact I’ve probably learnt more running my own business than what I did learning at college and uni? 

Education can give you the skills but nothing can prepare for going out there on your own and trying to make it, in whichever way you choose.

All you’ve got to do is keep upping your game especially when it comes to business, You’ve got to keep on top as its forever changing. 

It’s not easy and self employed life can be very stressful lonely place at times but the one thing that gets me through all of this is my amazing customers. When I see your face light up wearing something I’ve created for you, it feels incredible and thats what success is for me. 

Want to know more about my services or interested in starting out in fashion and would like some advice please contact me here.

Bridie x