DIY French Cycle Jacket (aka. Luftwaffe Jacket)

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

  1. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    IMG_3113.JPG I actually prefer it without. You could try a piece like this instead:
     
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  2. navetsea

    navetsea Call Me a Cab

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  3. BobJ

    BobJ Practically Family

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    That buckle is so YOU, navetsea!

    And I mean that in the best way - it's representative of your distinctive style and taste.
     
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  4. SpitfireIV

    SpitfireIV New in Town

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    I like the look of the buckle so I'll see how that goes first, if not then this is certainly a contender.

    I do like that but a tad too modern unfortunately, although it'd add a twist to the jacket! ;-)

    If I could get one of those, but min purchase is 1000, I'd have 999 spares :p


    Nothing much to report really, so I'll throw up a pic...

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  5. SpitfireIV

    SpitfireIV New in Town

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    Got the waiste adjuster straps made up, hope to fit them tonight :) Unfortunately I'm running low on original leather, so one of the straps has a line of stitch holes that I couldn't work around, but I shant lose any sleep over it.

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  6. SpitfireIV

    SpitfireIV New in Town

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    Ok, adjusters attached! :) Machine really struggled with these guys; 4 layers of leather plus the lining material! But we got there in the end and I'm very happy with the results.

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  7. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

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    People pay several thousand dollars to have a jacket that fits and looks like this...
     
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  8. SpitfireIV

    SpitfireIV New in Town

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    If anyone wants to give me several thousand its all theirs! :-D Thanks :)
     
  9. nick123

    nick123 I'll Lock Up

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    Can we name your company? :)
     
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  10. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    Wow man. I don't even know what to say. You slayed this project and the end result is just beyond beautiful. Good God. I'd have sewn my arm to my ass. You made something you could probably make $900 off of or just wear it and be the coolest MF on the planet. My hat is tipped to you sir.
     
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  11. SpitfireIV

    SpitfireIV New in Town

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    I'm open to suggestions :-D

    Cheers man :) I'm gonna try be the worlds coolest MF, hah.

    Well, for now until I sort out a buckle the jacket is otherwise complete :) :) Gave it a clean and conditioning this morn, really perked it up and gave it a beautiful sheen. Between the smell of the old leather and the aroma of the conditioner its almost intoxicating!! :)


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  12. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    I would throw softball size wads of cash at the opportunity to own this jacket. Absolutely beautifully executed...literally couldn't be better. Awesome post to follow. You've done quite well!!!!
     
  13. TREEMAN

    TREEMAN One Too Many

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    Damn good looking jacket !!
     
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  14. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    Greetings SpitfireIV: Man i really don’t know s**t about fine leather but i learned what a boatload of cool is from your endeavor!! Not kidding that’s some way cool mods. And to think, you did it all yourself man. That’s something to be total proud of. Don’t EVER lay that sucker down and don’t EVEN think of selling it, no way!! You’ll regret it every day if you do either. Man, kudos!! Great job!! Love it!!
    Be well. Bowen
     
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  15. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    Really nice job!
    Wear it well.
     
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  16. Cocker

    Cocker Practically Family

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    This jacket is truly a piece of art! Kudos to you, Spit! IMHO, the lack of buckle at the front doesn't detract from the jacket at all. As you said, those were cyclists jackets, with a boatload of variations, so there is really no right or wrong way to do it.

    Now you just need to go to Duxford and take a picture in front of one of the Buchon :cool:
     
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  17. seres

    seres A-List Customer

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    Outstanding work!.... and that's an understatement.
     
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  18. Fonzie

    Fonzie Practically Family

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    Bravo! That has been a really cool project to share, thanks for that.
    The end result is awesome too, congratulations!


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  19. Hide'n'seek

    Hide'n'seek One of the Regulars

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    Have to say you have done a fantastic job there, really a top job.
    I’m not sure for certain if have what your looking for but I will have a look around the factory on Monday and see if we might have a buckle that could fit the bill. We would be happy to send you one.
     
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