It’s a tremendous deal whenever I tackle my sewing “in pile.” Why? because it stays un-done for so long. Take this great leather jacket:
There’s a story behind it. Many years ago, like, before anyone blogged, I found an old leather jacket at a Goodwill store. I don’t have a picture of the original jacket, but it was a real piece of work, straight from the ‘80’s. It looked something like a combination of these styles (from Pinterest):
The big giant shoulder pads, the dolman sleeves, and, of course, the drop-waisted double-breasted closure that hit right at the crotch.
I just laugh whenever I think about what it used to be. BUT! The leather was like butta, and I was motivated to cut the original coat up and make a smaller more stylish jacket.
I used Vogue 2827, long ago OOP:
The new jacket turned out great, and so many years later, I still wear it a bunch. It truly gets softer with age, and I just love it.
Look at that collar, will ya? UGH!
Surprisingly, I ran out of leather when I got to the collar, even with that gi-normous style. So I used this fabric called Ultra-leather. I don’t know if it’s still being sold today, but just look what happened over time? BLECH!
This stuff flaked so bad, and little black flakes would get everywhere, while the REAL leather still looked beautiful. I don’t know why it did this, but it was un-wearable. Time to fix it. Yesterday, after sitting in my mending basket for like 9 months, I finally fixed it.
I ripped the old collar out. The flakey mess got everywhere (YUCK!):
I used the original pattern collar to cut a new collar from some leftover stretch leather. I sewed it back at the original seamline, hand-stitched the lining back on, and it’s like a brand new coat:
YEA!! And it only took a few hours from start to finish.
I was so happy with it, I wore it out the same day.
One of my favorite jackets ever!
I’m not sure what caused the other synthetic leather to disintegrate like it did. I have a theory, though. I store all of my heavy coats (along with this one) in a hall closet and, since we live in the South, we have to use moth balls. I suspect the fumes from the chemicals reacted with the synthetic leather of the collar.
That’s my theory anyway. To be on the safe side, I’ll be storing my “new” jacket in my regular closet from now on.