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« on: December 08, 2008 06:07:29 PM »

My lil' rocker sister wants this jacket from Delia's, which is actually a rip-off of an ugly 80s/90s Wilson coat that she doesn't know I own.

Here is the 80s-ish Wilson leather "caterpillar":

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(Just for fun, look at all the copied details: 1) zippered sleeve cuffs, 2) asymmetrical front zipper, 3) hemline belt, 4)crazy diagonal pockets, 5) "epaulette" loops, and 6) collar snaps)

And here is the pleather "butterfly" it must become:

The sleeves need to lose width, the shoulders need to lose bulk, and the overall torso shape needs to be slimmed on top to make it more rectangular and less V-shaped.

Any help on where to start with this?

Thank you, brave crafters!
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2008 10:58:39 AM »

Wow, that's one hell of a re-con.
To change the shape that much you'll pretty much have to take the whole jacket apart.
Sleeves will have to come out and taken in.
Shoulder and side seams will need to come apart and be taken in.
There's probably padding in the shoulders that would have to come out.
Armscye and sleeve cap will have to be re-cut.
If the leather's pretty soft you can probably get away with using a regular machine but if you have to sew through more than two layers you might run into trouble.

I've done similar stuff before, in a costume shop though, and it's pretty labor intensive but not impossible. I probably wouldn't have the tenacity to attempt it at home.

hope this helps a bit and good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2008 06:52:55 PM »

it does, and thanks!!!

I think you're right that it is insane.  :-D

Do you think I will need special thread?  Special needle?
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2008 07:02:34 PM »

Honestly, I think your sister would love yours just as much, without having to reconstruct the whole thing. Besides, your's is "vintage", and that seems to excuse a lot of ugly clothing. xD

It looks like the knock-off jacket is a bunch longer, and it would be tricky to lengthen your jacket without replacing the front zip and creating an ugly seam across the middle.  I would definitley take some width off the sleeves, but other than that, it seems like it would be a lot of work with not-too-great results.


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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2008 04:11:05 PM »

You'll definitely want to use a leather needle and either a walking foot or a teflon foot would be helpful too.
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2008 05:21:06 PM »

You guys are awesome.

Ok, I have some leather needles now--must check around with friends' sewing moms for that special foot.

Thank you for the tip on length, I definitely won't try to lengthen it now.  I actually think it is the right length.  Hard to tell in the pic, but the actual leather on the Wilson is only 2 inches shy of the knockoff's length.  The jacket is so wide and a medium, it plays eye tricks.

She does like vintage, but you're right that the sleeves need to change. It needs a kick in the pants!
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