Want to make your own version of a leather bomber jacket? Instead of buying online or go shopping for your leather jacket, why not try this time to make your own personalized version. It’s very practical and cool idea to invest in an on-trend outwear piece. So follow the tutorial below and learn to sew a stylish leather bomber jacket.
Sewing Tutorial | Learn to Sew A Stylish Leather Bomber Jacket
Be a Show-Stopper with this DIY Fashionable Jacket
Whether you’re a fashion devotee or not, you’ll love this leather bomber jacket. And no matter who or what age you are, you can always wear it. However, a good leather jacket is an expensive buy, ranging from $100-$400 depending on the brand. So why would you spend that much when you can sew your own? Today I’m sharing you a tutorial I got from Alexa of Half Baked channel. She’s going to show us how easy to make a stylish leather bomber jacket that looks expensive, but is actually not. So, let’s follow the details here, and don’t forget to watch the video below for the exact tutorial of measurements.
Here are the things you’ll need:
- 5 yards of pleather
- 1.5 Yards of lining
- 1/2 yard of Stretch Knit materials
- Tracing paper
- Separating Zipper (here she used 22 inches)
Step 1. Use a jacket as a measurement reference
Start off by taking a jacket you wanna use as a measurement reference. Using your tracing paper, trace the side seam, the back, and also the neck. With the ruler, connect the side seams and the back with a straight line at the bottom. Also, straighten up any crooked lines from tracing your jacket.
Step 2. Back pattern
Connect your raglan sleeves just take the point from your side seams, and connect it to the half way point of the neck with the straight line. Add seam allowance around your pattern – you can use quarter or half of an inch, and add this to the side seam as well as the top neck measurement. On the back of measurement line, write ‘fold’ because you will be adding that back line to a fold.
Tip: Don’t forget to take measurements of your zipper — should be the same from the block pattern and the light one.
Step 3. Front pattern
Starting off your front pattern, take your back pattern and then place your tracing paper over it. Make another copy of that back pattern (the only difference is your going to drop the front neck and then increase the seam allowance on the front). So for this tutorial, it has dropped 2 inches, but you can drop it a little bit more to make sure the neck area will not be tight. Also, add 1-inch seam allowance from where you write ‘fold’ because it is where you’re going to place the zipper.
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- Quilted poly twill lining
- Spacious patch pockets
- Stretch rib knit cuffs and hem
Step 4. Trace the sleeve pattern
Now you have to trace the sleeve pattern. Put the sleeve of the jacket on top of your tracing paper, and trace the bottom and top part of the sleeve. Straighten out your lines and add your quarter of an inch or half an inch seam allowance.
Step 5. Full sleeve pattern
Make a full pattern of your sleeve with it open, because the way it was traced earlier, was closed and folded. So, take some tracing paper, fold it in half, and with the long side of the sleeve pattern you’re going to take that and put it on the fold, so when you recut and retrace, it will be a full open pattern.
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Step 6. Measure the neck area
Take the measurements for the little-knit pieces that go on the neck wrist and the bottom. Take your front pieces and measure the neck area, followed by the sleeve area, and the back.
Step 7. Measure the waistband area
Do the same for the bottom waistband, but this time, just took the front and back piece. Line them up together with the side seams touching and just take measurements from the bottom part.
Step 8. Measure the sleeve wrist
Repeat the same process with the sleeve, but this time, you will use the full open pattern, so you’ll no longer have to double the measurement.
Step 9. Make a rectangular pattern
Next, you’re going to make a rectangular pattern for the measurement pattern you took. When you’re finished, you should have a neck, waistband, and sleeve wrist pattern for your block knit pattern.
Step 10. Pattern pocket
Now, you’re going to add the pocket. Get some left over scrap paper to make the pattern pocket. So what you’re going to do is fold it in half and make a ‘U’ shape that will fit your hand, not too small nor too big.
Step 11. Cutting out leather pieces
Now that you have all your patterns done, you can start coming out with your leather pieces. Make sure you are cutting on two layers of fabric, and you can cut out your sleeve, your back and your front pattern (just remember that your back pattern needs to be on a fold).
Step 12. Pocket lining
Once your done cutting your leader pieces, repeat the same process for your lining. To cut your pocket lining, just use four layers of lining. Then you’re going to pin and cut it out.
Step 13. Cutting knit materials
When cutting the pattern pieces for your knit material, you should have two sleeve wrist pieces, 1 neck piece, and 1 waistband piece. If you made a pattern piece on a fold, just remember to cut your waistband pattern on a fold.
Step 14. Pattern pieces
Your final pieces will be one long waistband, 1 medium length neck piece, and 2 small wrist pieces.
Step 15. Final pieces
Once you’re done cutting all the pieces, you should have the following:
- one leather back piece
- 1 lining back piece
- 2 front leather pieces
- 2 lining front pieces
- 2 leather sleeve pieces
- 2 lining sleeve pieces
- 4 lining pockets
Step 16. Pin the pocket into the leather pieces
Now, pin your pocket to the leather pieces before sewing up the sides seam, so just take a piece of pocket, laid it on the side seam, pin, and sew on the right side of your leather.
Step 17. Sew the pocket into the leather pieces
Now that you’ve sewn the side seam of the jacket, take your back piece with the right side facing up, and the pocket facing out, and take your front leather piece, and lay it on top with the right sides facing each other. Then you’re going to pin and sew along the side seam or around the pocket and then back down the side seam. You should not sew along straight the side seam or else you’re just gonna close up your pocket.
Step 18. Sew the sleeve piece
Grab your sleeve piece, fold it with the right sides facing and so along the edge of the sleeve.
Step 19. Attach your sleeve piece
To attach your sleeve piece to your body piece, turn your sleeve piece inside out, then open up your body pieces. Then, starting from the armhole point, match them up and then just start to pin upwards until both seams meet in the middle. Go ahead and repeat the same process for the lining.
Step 20. Sew the outer edge of the wrist pieces
Now, take your two wrist pieces, fold them in half horizontally. Then sew down the outer edge or the side edge.
Step 21. Sew your neck piece to the body piece
Fold your neck piece in half and place your body piece with the right side facing down and start pinning along the top edge of both pieces. Once you sew in your neck piece to your body piece, cut off any extra rib piece you have, that way you can see where you will be pinning your lining.
Step 22. Attach the lining of the jacket
To attach the lining to your jacket, flip your jacket with the right side facing up, now lay your lining on top of it, with the right side facing down so that both right sides are facing. Now you’re going to pin and sew along the top edge of the neckline.
Step 23. Repeat the same process for other pieces
Now repeat the same process for the waistband, but this time, you can pin and sew everything at once, so you can sew your lining, your leather piece, and your knit fabric all at once since its just bunch of straight line.
Step 24. Attaching the zipper
Before sewing up your waistband, make sure you leave about a half an inch on both sides that way you have some room to sew with your zipper.
Then attach your zipper. Start off by folding in about a quarter of an inch in your lining all the way down. Now take the corresponding side of the zipper. With the teeth facing out, your going to start pinning it along the folded edge of the lining all the way down. Once you pinned on your zipper, take the other side which is your leather side and fold. Once pinned on your zipper, take your leather side and fold it inwards, about a quarter, and fold it on top of your zipper.
Step 25. Sew the cuff
The last step in finishing off your leather bomber jacket is to sew on that cuff to your body, so go ahead and make sure your lining and your leather sleeve seams are in placed and lined up correctly. Take your knit cuff, fold it this time and slip it over your sleeve. Then, you’re going to sew along the other edge of both the sleeve and the cuff.
After all the sewing…
Once you have sewn everything, you are completely done. And now you can enjoy wearing your leather bomber jacket.