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Topic: Tapering Leather Pants: tips? :3  (Read 1867 times)
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« on: October 27, 2010 06:12:04 AM »

Hey guyyyys!  Cheesy
I was wondering if anyone here has had any experience working with leather at all and if they had any tips for me before I start sewing away.
I'm tapering a pair of leather pants for my friend's halloween costume, he's going to be a metalhead guy and wants to make his pants a bit skinnier.  Tongue They fit around the waist, they're just a bit wide legged. The pants are in fact real leather, and they have a layer of nylon lining inside.
I think I can figure out a way to do these, but I'd like to get an opinion or two beforehand!
<3 thanks. me love you long time. ^_^
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2010 01:54:14 PM »

Some general tips: use a heavy duty needle so it can punch through the leather well (a leather needle if its thick, but a non-leather needle will be fine too if it's on the thin side). It might stick to your machine, so in that case, you can use a teflon or roller foot, or just layer some tissue paper over it. Once you make a seam, it's not going away, so leave yourself extra room. You can always make them even tighter, making them looser will be a problem. Pins will leave holes, so you can use tape to hold things together. Also, make sure he can still get them over his feet! Feet are bigger than they look when you have to get them into pant legs.
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2010 05:00:14 PM »

Yep, everything N30N said! The few times I've sewn leather or vinyl, I've put a strip of newspaper both under and on the leather sandwich to keep it from sticking. You may also want to consider putting a zipper at the ankles for easy on-off-ness. Since these are just a costume for a buddy, don't worry about the lining. Just sew it at the same time as the leather. If you were gonna be selling them, then you would definitely want the neat finish of re-doing the lining and shell separately, but seeing as how he'll likely wear them only a few times, I say "meh." I wouldn't just tear the lining out, though. He would have some very sticky pants if the leather was directly on his skin, but hey, he might like that idea Wink

Best of luck!

« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2010 07:17:46 AM »

Oooh thanks you guys! I got some heavy duty thread and leather needles so I plan on working away on that today. I'll see what I can do with the newspaper Smiley
I'll be sure to follow up with the results.
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2010 12:41:25 PM »

HEY GUYS it worked so perfectly! Cheesy
He wore the pants for a show as a part of his 80s metalhead costume and it was just beautiful. LOOK!

thanks you guys. :3
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2010 01:42:56 PM »

Looks great!!
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