Five Star Leather Jackets

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead A-List Customer

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    most of us haven't gotten our first jacket perfect, so you're in good company.

    It's definitely a preference thing, but 6 inches is way too big IMO. I think 3-4 chest, and like 1.5-2.5 body. Bottom hem I go pretty skinny, like 1. But I live in Los Angeles, so I'm not layering under jacket, pretty much can wear with Tshirt or thin long sleeve/hoodie.

    The build looks good though. I was working on a very elaborate mock up of a J100 but put it aside. Just decided to do it top of the line with Field Leathers and call it a day. There's a couple frankenstein sort of builds in the military genre I'm thinking about though for fun jackets, so I'd go back to 5 Star for those. But now having access to several more jackets, I think the leather is fine, but it's not wow factor. Not expecting magic for $300 so it's not like I'm disappointed, you just need to understand what you're getting. I think the create your own model is well worth the money for sure. And it's just damn fun. But I wouldn't be surprised to see some disappointed threads coming up. You really need to understand the measurements. Luckily a lot of people have paved the road, so if you put the time into reading this thread and a few others, you'll definitely increase the odds in your favor.
     
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  2. CRP

    CRP New in Town

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    I hear ya bro. Fivestar for me is the perfect place to experiment with my fit without costing me a fortune in headache and time. Pretty happy with this first attempt and can hopefully dial in the next one. I just love getting the exact thing I want to my measurements (and fit is everything). Granted horsehide or some of the other leathers may be more exciting, but nothing seems to be as comfortable or durable as goat. Hopefully, I can get the shoulder peaks smoothed out as well and then all will be perfect in the world. Its scratching my itch for now! :)
     
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  3. ton312

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    I think that looks pretty damn good!! Little extra room in the body but overall solid!!
     
  4. Bahabp100

    Bahabp100 One of the Regulars

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    My FiveStar has suede lining on the cuffs and collars only. For contrast . Using the “golden” color. I guess just cause I could I did.
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  5. Hobbes1

    Hobbes1 Familiar Face

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    I also want a cafe racer from Five-star. I'm struggling with measurements though. My previous jacket from them fits tighter unless I have only light T-shirt or wool shirt underneath. I would like to be able to layer a t-shirt and sweater under the CR without it being too baggy overall.
    Are you saying you got your body measurements plus 6 inches in the chest and waist? I feel like your jacket looks good but would be too roomy of a fit for my liking. Could you please clarify how Shawn applied the 6 inch addition? Thanks!
     
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  6. Hobbes1

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    When you talk about adding, do you mean your body measurement for each area plus 3-4"....so if my chest is 45", plus 4" gives 49" divided by 2, thus ask for a pit to pit of 24.5"?
     
  7. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead A-List Customer

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    Yep, exactly. On waist and bottom hem, you do half since you usually give 1 side. So if you measure a 40 hip (bottom hem), that's 20 + .5 for me to get a snug fit (equals 41 total measurement)
     
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  8. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead A-List Customer

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    Where ever it fits tighter, add a little to that measurement. Just keep in mind how the math works. So lets say you want an extra inch in the chest to fit a sweater, you're adding .5 to ptp measurement.
     
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  9. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    The sample pack arrived from @Will Zach today... I think that the Seal Goat has the best color, but the Distressed Buffalo has my favorite texture. I might need to do some experimenting before sending these to @Claybertrand....i have also found the epitome of a 40s half-belt to work out the numbers with!
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  10. CRP

    CRP New in Town

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    To clarify, I asked for a jacket I could wear with a light sweater underneath. Shawn at Fivestar suggested adding 6 to my body circumference measurement: chest 45"+6"=51", waist 38"/belly 39"/natural waist 38"=45". The chest ended up being snug with a sweater, but perfect with a t-shirt. The waist ended up way too large, so I'm having it reduced by another 2".
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  11. CRP

    CRP New in Town

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    Waist with additional 6" was too large and did not taper enough:
     

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  12. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    Even with 37” being my belly measurement, a 19.5” bottom hem fits great. So I’m like 2” bigger than actual measurement on a slim-fit jacket...6” is nuts!
     
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  13. CRP

    CRP New in Town

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    T-shirt only or with thin sweater? 2" is very trim. I'm in Michigan, so it gets a little chilly every now and then. SoCal probably not so much. I'm trimming my jacket going down to 4" spread in the waist, but I'm not brave enough to try a 2" spread like some of you veteran leather jacket aficionados. At least not yet!
     
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  14. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    In time ;)...
    I can wear mine with a sweatshirt or light sweater, but Michigan- oof. Maybe some sort of insulating vest would work.
     
  15. JustinW

    JustinW One of the Regulars

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    I’m still tempted to order a CR from them ...
     
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  16. Zoo

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    I hear you, I am starting to look at jackets with a quilted lining to wear until it's really cold enough to pull out my shearling jacket.
     
  17. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    My Sears long half-belt is done in Seal Brown goat. Didn't bother with samples.

    I sent just one email to Shawn with photos, measurements and specs (some thanks to ton's work - collar and sleeve opening and bicep width) and he sent one back.

    Here's a sneak peak.

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  18. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    Cripes... now I want to make a copy of the cool half-belt jacket Handymike just posted.
     
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  19. MrProper

    MrProper Practically Family

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    Exactly
    I like my jackets to be tight or well-fitting, so the jacket measurements are close to my body measurements, depending on the material thickness and desired space.
    Most of the jackets have half body circumference plus 1.5" to 1.75".
    So with a chest size of 43.3" in the relaxed state, this results in a jacket p2p of 23.2" to 23.5" and at 34.25" hip I have 19.3" to 20" jacket waistband. For the natural waist I usually take the same measurement as the jacket waistband.
     
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  20. torfjord

    torfjord Practically Family

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    Having suede lining on small details like that is something else entirely. Quite clever and looks good too. I was referring to the idea to have the whole thing lined in suede.
     
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