Denim Motorcycle Jacket

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This past spring I became obsessed with a gray silk motorcycle jacket from Akris, a top European fashion house (see bottom photo). Even though the $3,500 price tag was lightyears beyond my budget, I knew just enough pattern drafting to knock off my own version. And after half a dozen attempts spread over two weeks, I eventually had the pattern of my dreams.

The pattern for my denim jacket features: a collar and lapels with no gorge line; shoulder princess seams and a center back seam; long set–in sleeves; an asymmetrical and exposed front zipper; and a back half belt. The semi-fitted silhouette is slightly nipped in at the waist. Handmade shoulder pads (one inch thick), chest pieces and sleeve headers build up the upper chest and shoulders.

The total cost of fabrics and notions for this jacket was just $25 since everything was bought on sale. The jacket is made of an inexpensive, heavy weight, dark blue denim from Hancock's. It is is interfaced with fusible weft interfacing and fully lined with black Bemberg rayon.

The jacket is jazzed up with the glint of silver toned metal. The exposed, aluminum zipper is trimmed with a remnant of black Ultrasuede Ambiance and features a satin finish zipper pull from JHB. There are ten jumbo sew-in snaps from Dritz -- one 1.25" snap on the lapel, and .75" snaps on the collar (2), cuffs (4) and back half belt (3). Three sets of high energy magnets were used to supplement the zipper closure. Bcause the magnets were stitched to the jacket facings, neither the magnets nor stitching are visible on the exterior of the jacket.

I'm thrilled with my copy of the designer jacket, and since I spent less than one percent of what the original would have cost, my piggy bank is happy, too. Very happy!

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: gallery, blue, denim, motorcycle jacket, jumbo snaps

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thomy writes: This is beautifully done. Good work.
Posted: 7:21 pm on October 19th
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