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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Handmade leather jackets – Kiss Leather Jacket – I was made for lovin’ you

Handmade leather jackets – Kiss Leather Jacket – I was made for lovin’ you

Recently I had the pleasure of making this fun Kiss leather jacket for Jess a mega-fan wanting to wear it for her wedding — super cool.

All my leather jackets are made from real leather and you can read more about why I make real leather jackets by hand here 

I absolutely love the requests I get through for designs on the back but this one was a fun challenge to make, I’m not gonna lie when the bride contacted me it had me a bit nervous.

Just the font in itself was a bit tricky to get right but with perseverance, I got there in the end.

With Jess being a huge Kiss fan and her first dance being to this song we decided to go for the lyrics ‘I was made for lovin you’ on the back in the style of font they use.

I used a black glitter fabric for the lettering.

We also added a green mermaid glitter star behind it to compliment the glam side and the star face design one of the members has.

Here is the Kiss leather mid – design

For the leather jacket itself, we used silver leather in a short-waisted style so it sat perfectly with her dress and had an emerald green lining to match the star colours on the back.

I was a bit worried that the glitter would all merge together and you wouldn’t be able to read what it says but it worked out really well in the end.

The finished look of the Kiss leather jacket

Jess was so happy with the whole design of her jacket and was blown away by it been exactly how she wanted it to be. She even sent me a film of her opening her jacket when she received it through the post.

If you’re looking for that edgy style on your wedding day or even just for every day, then my handcrafted personalised leather jackets are just for you. Just like Jess and her Kiss leather jacket!

Services include:

Back patches: Have a certain theme, colourway — no idea too big or too small, I’m always up for a challenge.

Made to order jackets:  are available to buy from the born to shop page where you can invest in one of my hand-drawn designs but if you have a specific design in mind please contact me as the price may differ,  I’m already excited to hear your ideas.

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.