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Leather Lacing for Fantasy Fur Jacket

Jun 13, 2011
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I needed to experiment with different materials and methods of lacing, to see which one world work best for this project. This is a photo of the first experiments, which weren’t satisfactory for this project. I’ll keep this sample, because I liked some of the results, but just not for this jacket. Here are initial experiments with the actual leather for joining the shoulder, and the fur to the leather. These are two variations of the join between the upper yoke and side yoke. Another variation of joins. This is the combination of joins I decided on for the project. This is a close-up of the join between the leather and fur. I liked this one best because it camouflaged the edge of the leather best. I used the pinked edge the rotary cutter gave, to mark the repeat. Then with the chisel punch, I punched the holes into the upper yoke. After punching the upper yoke, I glued the upper yoke to the lower yoke, with contact cement  using a lapped seam approach. Here’s a front view. And a back view. You can see where the upper yoke laps over the lower yoke. And here’s an inside view.  Next I’ll cut…

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  1. jillsart October 25th

    I am entranced with your whole process PLUS, PLUS, PLUS, I bet even I could follow your easier than easy instructions!

  2. imlady June 19th

    It is always good to read your articles and see the quality of your work.

  3. User avater KennethDKing June 17th

    to prterrier:

    Thanks for the suggestions! I'm using the synthetic lacing for this project, precisely for the reason you mentioned--the synthetic has a cotton core so doesn't stretch quite so much.

    And yes, Barge cement is a good product that I use on occasion, but I just happened to have a whole can of the contact cement from another project so wanted to use it up...

  4. prterrier June 16th

    I like what you are doing to the seams. I never would have thought of it even though I've laced many a wallet and purse similar to what you are doing over the seams on the yokes.

    I would like to make a suggestion to you. The leather lacing will stretch some. I think you need to pull the stitching a bit tighter. Not so tight as to make the leather of the yoke inside of the lacing curl, but tight enough so the "braid" formed by the leather is tighter. If you don't, I am afraid that you won't like the end result after wearing it a few times. I invision the "braid" becoming looser and more "loopy".

    A great cement to hold the ends of your lacing is "Barge Cement". Shoemakers use it to repair shoes. It is a great contact type of cement.

  5. Dressmakers_dummy June 15th

    This is truly one of the coolest things I have seen since I started sewing as a kid. It makes me want to get out my 5 skins of blue suede and do something with them.

  6. LaurieDiane June 15th

    I find this process most intriguing! I love the lace stitching and the pattern taking place. I can not wait to see the finished project...It seems finished now with the interesting shoulders and neckline! Sensational!

  7. User avater Ziggybug June 15th

    I am definely inspired to try new things when I read your articles. Your instructions are so clear and concise. I've been itching to do some sewing with leather. The message I get from you is to go boldly and never be afraid to try something new.

  8. User avater carynification June 15th

    I am loving it. I have some extra kaphalon hair from when I get my weaves, and am itching to try something like this. I am thinking maybe a shrug though. You are giving me great ideas. I wish I had you as a personal tutor!!!

  9. dreamlady June 15th

    Very interesting, I loved the leather stitch technique.Very detailed instruction thnx

  10. lei739 June 14th

    Bored? Never!

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