DIY French Cycle Jacket (aka. Luftwaffe Jacket)

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by SpitfireIV, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. SpitfireIV

    SpitfireIV New in Town

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    Cheers guys! Very happy with how its turning out.

    Going to recycle the old buttons from the sleeve for the pocket flaps...

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    Been looking for a buckle like the one pictured below, but have had no luck, even something similar in style or closing, in fact, I've tried all kinds of search terms but its not turning up any results. Is there a name for this type of buckle?

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  2. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    Very cool project :)
     
  3. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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  4. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    Try contacting @Cooper A-2 .
    He is involved in a project using those buckles.
     
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  5. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    Great idea :)
     
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  6. SpitfireIV

    SpitfireIV New in Town

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    Thanks for the advice guys! :)

    Got another bit done earlier, ie the waiste band on which also tidied up the lining.

    End of the paper clips! :)

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    All three sections in place and side vents established...
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    Close up of the vent. Have yet to make up the straps and D rings...

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    Pity about the line of holes on the back panel from the original elastic, but I can live with them.


    So far so good ;-)

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  7. Monitor

    Monitor

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    Man..!
     
  8. Cocker

    Cocker Practically Family

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    My thoughts exactl! That's one damn cool looking jacket already!!
     
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  9. SpitfireIV

    SpitfireIV New in Town

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    Another little bit done...

    The cuffs looked a little...bare and were a bit worn too, worn very thin on the edge in a couple of areas. So, I put a band on them to tie in with the waiste band...

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    Really makes a different, gives a more finished look I reckon. There are also close tabs incorporated that I'll put snaps on.

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  10. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    YES...Yes...YES!
     
  11. seres

    seres A-List Customer

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    This thread is getting better and better!
     
  12. Steve27752

    Steve27752 One of the Regulars

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    I'm loving your work on the jacket. I am not sure about the style of buttons.
     
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  13. SpitfireIV

    SpitfireIV New in Town

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    Thanks, I'm not sure about them myself, I'll try different ones tomorrow for comparison, watch this space ;-)
     
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  14. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    Greetings All:
    Couldn’t resist comment any longer. Absolutely Totally Friggin Amazing project you have chronicled!! What a sweet undertaking. Very much an inspiration to this newby. Thanks man for your step by step. Way cool!!
    Be well. Bowen
     
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  15. Monitor

    Monitor

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    That's some serious magic going on here. What's also crazy is that the jacket is turning out to be one of the nicest Lufwaffe repros on the market! I mean, the details, the cut, everything!
     
  16. Fonzie

    Fonzie One Too Many

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    So @SpitfireIV, when are you gonna start taking orders?

    Is there a waiting list already for a custom size of this jacket? [emoji6]


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  17. torfjord

    torfjord Practically Family

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    This is beyond cool. Jacket looks amazing.

    I’ve never considered or been a fan of this style, but this thread is making me really want one.

    Awesome work!


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  18. SpitfireIV

    SpitfireIV New in Town

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    Guys, again thanks very much for your kind comments, its much appreciated, glad you are enjoying the thread almost as much add I'm enjoying working on this project..

    As for taking custom orders.....not anytime soon I'm afraid :p


    Swapped out the buttons today for a set of German pebble finish buttons, I guess they would be somewhat period correct (even if they did come courtesy of a DDR officers tunic :-D ). I like em though...

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  19. mr_lits

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    Have you found a buckle set for the waist? Interested to see what you scrape up for that. Like the new buttons way better. Great project to watch take shape.
     
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  20. SpitfireIV

    SpitfireIV New in Town

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    Thanks, might try and make a buckle myself. How hard can it be.....right? :-\
     
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