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RAGS TO RICHES

This project is heavily based on the idea of conservation. What could I make with only things I already had in the house? Items used to fabricate this jacket have been scraps of leather I had saved up over the years, some remnant cloth, and a used YKK zipper. The rivets were probably the only items used that weren't given a second life.


SEWING MACHINES

There's a misconception that you need to be rich to afford equipment that will allow you to make beautiful luxury goods. It's not necessarily true, but specialized machines do give you better results. However, you can get away with sewing lightweight leathers on your average home sewing machine. There are some long term cons in doing so, but if it's a one time project or you're just testing the waters, use what you've got. I started off with a $200 Kenmore sewing machine then went to a Singer Heavy Duty ($230). And for the people who still don't believe me, everything on my fashion Instagram page: @jessica.barter has been sewn on the Singer machine. I'm not saying the Singer Heavy Duty was an amazing machine because it wasn't. It broke 4 times in a short span of 5-6 years, but I'm also very aggressive with my tools. Anyways, what I'm trying to say is you can still get away with making a couple of intricate pieces before the timing on your machine seizes. I've upgraded to a JUKI Exceed HZL-F600 ($1049) since. Pricier, but more convenient. You don't need fancy tools, just a vision, and passion.

It's important to note, that you'll need an open-toed walking foot attachment to make running the leather through easier on home sewing machines. Teflon feet don't work as well.

Step 1: ASSESSING YOUR LEATHER SUPPLY

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If you're making your jacket out of full skins, then you don't have to worry about this part. For the people who want to put their leather scraps to good use, this is the part where you get a good gauge of how large your pattern pieces can get in the drafting phase. Start sorting them into different piles by size and texture.

VKBakes6 months ago
Wow! I bet your boy is feeling really cool
squishywhale (author)  VKBakes6 months ago
I'm not sure he's grasped the concept of "cool" yet, but I'm sure he'll like it when he's older.
IAMlock6 months ago
I like your design, it looks so cool. Your boy must have love the jacket!
This is fantastic! He looks adorable :)
squishywhale (author)  Penolopy Bulnick6 months ago
Thanks. :)