How to Make a Bespoke Leather Jacket
Saturday, 05/18, 8:00am – 12:00pm, W208, Sheridan College
All skill levels welcome!
A 2-time World Leather Debut blue ribbon winner, Julie Pierce has a lot of information to impart regarding the creation of bespoke leather clothing. She has created an extensive outline for this workshop, designed to walk you through the entire process of creating a leather jacket that fits perfectly. Beginning with a design consultation, you will be able to ascertain your customers wants and needs. Julie will provide you with her trademarked JJ Pierce Co. Worksheet to get all of the important measurements correct. She’ll discuss pattern development, how to make a mock-up, check for fit, create a final pattern, source the materials, cutting the leather and finally, construction. Additionally, there will be tips on pricing and sewing machines, and you’ll pair up with someone in the class to practice taking measurements (she’ll provide tape measures). Participants should have a basic understanding of sewing machine operation, garment construction, and fitting. Everyone is welcome, however.
Materials to Bring: Note taking materials. Cameras are welcome.
Julie Pierce has been sewing by hand for as long as she can remember and on a machine since a 1970 home economics class. In the years since, Julie has made everything from bridal gowns to rodeo royalty wear. Julie first began making leather clothing in 2009, when she completed a leather jacket to wear at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Currently, Julie operates JJ Pierce Co. in Lewiston, Idaho, making bespoke leather garments.