Green Lantern Leather Jacket

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  1. gstqfashions

    gstqfashions Member

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    I am in the middle of an interesting project this week, a Green Lantern leather jacket! Let's get down to it!

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    This is my mockup.

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    This is the back of the jacket in progress.

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    This is the bottom of one of the sleeves.

    The exterior of the jacket is all lambskin leather in black, dark green, and black perforated. I've also included some spandex panels at the sides and underarm areas.

    That's about it for now. I hope to have more pictures this week. Thanks for looking.
     
  2. MattMunson

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    Looks amazing! Excellent craftsmanship! Sewing leather is somewhat of a holy grail for me, as it's something I'd really love to learn how to do. You make it look really easy!

    Any chance I can convince you to show pics of the back sides of those pieces, so I can get some insight into how you made your seams lay down so flat? Inquiring minds want to know!! :D
     
  3. gstqfashions

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    Sure! I'll remember to take some pictures of the inside when I start work again tomorrow.

    As a general rule for leather, you want to pound the seams flat with a mallet. At that point you can either glue the seams flat OR just topstitch them. I really like the look of topstitching, and since I've got a great machine for it, that is what I tend to go for. Also, I learned just about everything I know about sewing leather when I worked at a car upholstery place, so there is definitely a lot of that influence going on (*ahem* racing stripe on the sleeve and the extra long stitch lengths).

    All of these seams have been pounded open so I can keep bulk down at intersecting seams.
     
  4. gstqfashions

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    As requested, here is the back side of one of the pieces with intersecting seams. I have some light interfacing on the back of both pieces.

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    This is the center top front and the shoulder pieces. I shaped the shoulder pieces a bit on my pressing ham with my iron/steam after sewing everything together.
     
  5. VaultUK

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    This is a great idea and great work .i will be following this
     
  6. pinder91

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    I'm with Matt... I love seeing leather work get done. Can you post up a picture of the machine you use? I've been looking for something a little more heavy duty so I can attempt some leather work, but haven't had time to look into it yet.

    I'll be keeping an eye on this thread!
     
  7. EHyde

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    Thanks for sharing this! I'm interested in learning more about how to sew with leather, and this thread looks like it will be very helpful.
     
  8. EyeofSauron

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    oh wow this allready looks so amazing, cant wait for the finished thing
     
  9. Spade

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    Im interested to see the progress of this. ive been playing with the idea of making a leather backpack. Great start!
     
  10. MattMunson

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    Woah! Those pictures are VERY insightful! That really helps me understand your process a lot, and I really appreciate you taking the time to post them. That is immensely helpful! Thanks!

    it looks really great so far! Can't wait to see more.
     
  11. MattMunson

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    Check out their facebook page. I don't want to repost information from there, as it's not mine to repost, but a recent post disclosed the sewing machines used, settings, threads, needles, ets. Really good stuff.
     
  12. pinder91

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    Good looking out, Matt. That was a very useful post. Now as long as I don't lose the information... :lol
     
  13. gstqfashions

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    Some more progress on the shoulder/collar/front area.
     
  14. gstqfashions

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    Made more progress yesterday with the jacket. Here is the outside.

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    I'll be moving on to the lining and facings next.
     
  15. jordanc1988

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    Looks amazing! cant wait to see what it looks like when its finished.
     
  16. Anakinos

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    This is a great build and Im bumping to see if there are any updates
     
  17. titord12

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    i hope you put up more pics. it looks great so far. * i want one
     
  18. The Ronin

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    The french seams are IMPECCABLE! Bravo sir!
     
  19. Monster Dave

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    NICE work!!
     
  20. Jaina

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    This looks absolutely fabulous and I admire the clean crisp lines of the tailoring, craftsmanship indeed!

    Will be checking back eagerly for progress! :)
     
  21. mirsylus

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    WOAH.. thats pretty awesome....
     
  22. Dynomitediego

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    Amazing work!!
     
  23. Comicpit

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    How thick would these jackets be?
     
  24. Speck

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    Any update on this? I love what you have so far!
     
  25. redsilver

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    This is awesome!
     
  26. gstqfashions

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    Jacket is done. Here it is! Technical info:

    - Three leather hides (all lambskin, black, black perforated, and dark green)
    - Rayon lining
    - All leather is backed with fusible tricot interfacing
    - Stitched on my industrial machine with 138 weight poly thread
    - Roughly 50 hours of work

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    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012
  27. TheValeyard

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    Now that is a thing of beauty! Well done.
     
  28. EyeofSauron

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    im a little disappointed that you didnt incorporpate the GL symbol, but other than that, its amazing
     
  29. Bradleyw

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    That looks amazing. if you ever do a run im gonna be signing up. well done very very impressive
     
  30. pinder91

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    That turned out beautifully! Great job. Thanks for sharing the technical specs as well. It'll help if I ever attempt any sort of leather work in the future. :)
     
  31. gstqfashions

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    Subtle is the name of the game here with this jacket. It is more of a normal-wear piece as opposed to a costume piece. I thought about incorporating the symbol, but just didn't like the thought of breaking it up down the center. I also thought about offsetting it like Kyle Rayner...but the design is supposed to be more Hal-inspired and beyond that, I didn't make an excessively complicated jacket pattern just to cover part of it up with an emblem.

    That being said, I do have an emblem! It is getting a velcro backing so he can put it on a t-shirt to wear with the jacket...Hal Jordan incognito =)
     
  32. EyeofSauron

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    i still love it and would wear it all the time :D just one thing i noticed ;)
     

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