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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Whats been happening

Whats been happening

Whats been happening? Well I’ll tell you its been a busy few months over here in BTT HQ! I’ve had sparkly sequin bridesmaid outfits on the go which are all ready to be posted out for a December wedding.

I also had a custom jacket for a Beetlejuice themed wedding which I made back in September… I mean how cool is that.

The bride made a definite decision that she want red and a black and white striped lining to be involved, so for the back patch we went for a red glitter heart and a pearlised white leatherette for the ‘wifey’ writing, both elements are all cut out and handmade specially to use on one of my jacket which are also handmade from scratch. 

I found this awesome black and white striped fabric online and knew it was a must to use for the lining, everything was starting to team up really well and went with the theme of the wedding deliciously. 

The shape and style of the jacket was cropped which meant the length was cut shorter, with this style sits nice and fitted into the waist. This is also a perfect choice if you didn’t want to hide any detailing you had on the back of the dress. 

Last week I received this awesome picture of the bride who had finally eloped to Vegas to marry the man of her dreams. Don’t you just love the whole look and how rad does the jacket look with her kickass red dress – Goals right there! 

Here are some more close up shots for you to feast your eyes over. My 2018 books are now closed but if you are looking for your very own personalised handcrafted leather jacket for 2019 then contact me today so we can discuss! 

Personal style – rad to the bone skirt

Personal style – rad to the bone skirt

The best thing about been able to sew is that I can make myself clothing and I really enjoy this when I get a chance to, so I thought I would start doing a series of posts on the handmade clothing that I make myself and how I personally style them.

So first up is my rad to the bone skirt, this has to be one of my favorite items of clothing that I have made for myself. I’m pretty obsessed with Alexander Henry fabric and the prints that they create, if your and avid sewer and have not heard of this fabric brand do check it out you won’t be disappointed, Its available form most online fabric shops.  As soon as I saw this fabric I knew I had to use it for something.

I decided on a calf length skirt with a curved waistband which sits perfect and snug on the waists and curves out to fall over the hips, I love this style of band as it gives you a little bit of definition and makes the skirt hang beautifully down.  The colours are great too because it can be worn with absolutely anything and still look smart casual.

I love to style this skirt up with a Bardot neckline top which is a personal favorite for me as I find this style flatters me more than a v or basic round neck. When wearing something like this it’s great to just experiment with what top suits you and it won’t take long, you’ll be rocking your style in no time.

If I’m going to a fancy do and want to wear this skirt I also team it up with a blouse which gives it more of a dressed-up feel.

Just so happens that when I made this skirt I found a lovely pair of velvet heels from TK Maxx which was a colour match perfection to the skirt. Now I have this great outfit that I can dress up or down for whatever event.

If you’re looking for a skirt similar to this, please do contact me as I do offer a Bespoke clothing service.

Creations from the studio – The biker jacket

Creations from the studio – The biker jacket

This month I’ve have been working on making my very first real leather jacket. A client came to me with very specific detail of how they would like the jacket to look. Taking the basic template, I have already I set to work creating the different panels for the jacket to and made sure that they all lined up right.

When I was happy with this I made up a toile of the jacket and fitted it to the client to make sure they were happy with the panels and how they fitted with the shape.

You want to make sure everything is spot on when it comes to leather as it can be a nightmare to correct. After all my double checks, I could finally cut out in the fabric. This was exciting and terrifying at the same time as I had never worked with real leather before so it was kind of like been lead in blindfolded, also praise to You Tube for the handy video and tips and techniques on how to handle it.

Once I had all my panels cut out I could then see how the line of the jacket was going to look. I was pretty happy with how it was looking so I could set about making it up.

The sewing parts!

If you have never sewn leather before I would highly recommend reading up about it first, there are lots of tips online on how to. You will need a Teflon foot (usually white) and leather needles for your sewing machine. These are a definite investment as they will make sewing a 100% easier and you won’t be tearing your hair out!

Before I can actually sew it altogether I had a couple of panels which needed the top stitching detail on first, so I had a back panel, 2 panels at the front and the top of the sleeves which needed the diamond pattern and the sleeves just straight lines across.

When doing these patterns, you need to make sure all measurements are spot on! i.e. the spacing in between each line and stitch length, although there is no right or wrong way to it just take your ruler and create but for this jacket I needed all the measurement to be exact.

You can see from my photos the pattern starting to take shape.

Once all these panels are in place I could then go ahead and sew it altogether, I usually start with the back panel and work towards the front. One thing I learnt whilst reading up about leather is to roll the seams flat, obviously you can’t iron them or you’ll end up with a melted jacket… I mean if that’s the look you’re going for crack on!

I had a handy little roller from a lino printing set, so I just used that and it did the job fine. You could probably pick on up off eBay. It just helps to get flat clean seam and also sets you up for when you do the topstitching.

Now I don’t have a leather machine but I have a heavy duty industrial machine called Betty and she did the job just fine when it came to topstitching, don’t be afraid you’ve got to handle the leather, don’t let it handle you!

So, I bossed all of the seams and topstitching on the jacket and was pretty straight forward as I was used to doing it on my leatherette jackets. I could then move on to creating the jetted pockets (the ones you see on all biker jacket) I’m not going lie these pockets scare me a little as they always look so complicated and I haven’t done one since I was at uni which was like 10 years ago…

Anyway, many You Tube videos and samples later – so I made sure I nailed it first go because once you stitch the leather it marks it and you can’t really correct it so you’ve got to be super spot on when doing them.

First of all, you’ve got to prepare all the pockets by stitching the facings onto the zip then the pocket bag (what you put your hands in!) onto the zip as well. Make sure you measure your zip first (the opening bit of the zip) and make sure that measurement matches the opening you make on your jacket where the pocket is going to sit.

See photo for what it should look like, accuracy is key!

Once this is all done you can stitch your zip in to the opening you made, make sure you practice your topstitching as the layers of leather can be a bit thick when it comes to this bit.

I had 3 pockets in total to do and each one I did I got better and I was really happy with the result of them.

The next mission was to take the same process as above and repeat it on the sleeve hem (see picture) so you get the opening to make the sleeves wider at the bottom. This was exactly the same just you have the open section at one end. Make sure you get the zips the right way up too! Nothing worse than stitching it in and realising it is the wrong way…

Once they were in place I could then attach my sleeves to the main body, this is where it all starts to come together and start looking like a biker jacket.

I could then attach the collar making sure to roller all those seams so it looks clean.

After this process, the actual jacket is all ready for its lining to be sewn in. We went for a black and white satin polka dot fabric which complemented the leather so well and really made it look finished off.

After all the lining is in place the final topstitching can be done around the edge of the lapels, it’s one of my favorite details on a biker jacket as you can be experimental as you like or just keep it simple.

One final check that everything is in place and looking fine diddly dine, I added my guitar Born to Thread guitar plectrum to give it a seal of approval that its finished.

I do take order for real leather jackets, please contact me hello@borntothread.co.uk for a quote.