Five Star Leather Jackets

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  1. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    I think it’s a good job by the builder! I agree that it lacks the taper and curves, but wow it’s still impressive. The collar is off- looks like the original was curved up at the tips, and 5* cut it at an angle (the 2d comment applies). The back curve isn’t a measurement thing so much as a direction and drawing thing. I like the length, but feel the front should drop another inch or 2.
    Sleeves tapered, yes. They got the patchwork and pockets right though. My issue with 5* at the moment is that while they are competant at sewing and copying, there isn’t a creative force behind the scenes pushing designs to make them all they can be. It’s almost like a computer just outputting what we input...not a bad thing, but not insightful either. After all, it’s in their interest to have you order #2. It would really up their game to have a creative designer come in on their end to make suggestions we can trust and say “I didn’t think of that”, or who tells us “No, bad idea!”
     
  2. red devil

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    Hmm... It is true that my other jackets have been made with input from the maker. While for this one only my ideas. It reminds me of when I was making leather jackets in Hong Kong years ago. You would come with a pic, get measured, go through a fitting then your jacket in a few days.

    It was hit and miss but loads of fun. The one that came out best was blue with a greyish fur collar.
     
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  3. Hobbes1

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    My experience with pricing for leather jacket(s) is as costly as $330. Including shipping to US.
    It's $30 for customizations of any sort that they have on offer and $30 for shipping via DHL, in a bag.
    Therefore, you should be able to calculate a bit with that and your sizing as the larger the jacket the higher the base cost.
    I don't have experience with shearling jackets.
    HTH
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  4. torfjord

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    I was charged 350 $ for my jacket which will hopefully be finished tomorrow (emailed Shawn first time Monday last week). He’s been easy to communicate with and has been quick to respond despite the 4 hour time difference. I hope the jacket is as good :)
     
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  5. MrProper

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    Mine was between $ 340 and $ 560 (shearling)
     
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  6. MrProper

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    Yes, I have thought that many times. Someone who challenges their own ideas and also makes suggestions on how something can be improved or which idea may be less good. But I could also imagine that this is perhaps such a cultural thing, according to the motto that a suggestion for improvement could be interpret as a criticism, so better not
     
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  7. handymike

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    It is the difference between a $370 maker and a $1000 maker.
    Problem is that by the time you figure it out on your own it’s already at $740 (or more).
     
  8. red devil

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    I think they don't want to be criticised for their advice? If they suggest something that the buyer ends up disliking? At the moment it is a very clear "you are choosing everything at your own risk" deal.
     
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  9. handymike

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    I think it’s an easy way to get out of a re-make...This is a choice perhaps, or a cultural difference, either way it leaves me waiting in the wings for the moment.
     
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  10. MrProper

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    I‘m not a tailor, but I think I would try like this:
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  11. CRP

    CRP New in Town

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    However, the workmanship (stitching, attention to detail, willingness to experiment with new designs...) is superb. Obviously the patterns need to mature, but considering this is a jacket made from pictures and email texts I consider it a great job. With the input from all the FL members and unique requests being fulfilled, it is only a matter of time before 5* patterns will begin to mature and match up with the workmanship.
     
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  12. red devil

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    Thanks! That could work, maybe I should try it with a denim version? Would this work in denim?
     
  13. Bahabp100

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    This looks quite amazing to me . !!!
     
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  14. ton312

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    I would attach a measurement to each of mr propers lines in the pic above. That could correct the problem. As discussed the jacket needs to be hourglass shaped a bit and less uniform in measurement from pit to hem. Essentially a Halfbelt without the belt. Like mine:
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  15. red devil

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    I get the feeling it would help to add measurements between the 2 vertical seams as well now that I think about it
     
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  16. Marc mndt

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    I would use clamps to 'pin down' the extra leather, following the seams. Then I would use chalk to mark where the seams should be and send a photo of it to Shawn. Best to measure that too. Otherwise you might end up with a jacket that is too tight or just out of shape.

    Similar to how a suit jacket is pinned. (Don't use pins, use clamps :)) 718A06B2-2BD2-47FA-AD81-2FFED6CD5F90.jpeg
     
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  17. CRP

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    Mine was $300 with custom sizing, additional inner pocket, elimination of upper two pockets, and addition of lower hand pockets. I took the basic cafe racer on his website and modified it, so just a modification of an existing design.
     
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  18. handymike

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    Your body is already making the jacket do the right thing. Just need to trim off the excess.
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  19. red devil

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    That's how you did it with your mock up isn't it?
     
  20. red devil

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    Good point, I hadn't figured it out. If you get rid of the excess, you indeed will get the curvy seems and a nice back
     
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