The Dave Sheeley Custom Leather Jacket Thread

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by lina, Nov 2, 2020.

  1. lina

    lina Practically Family

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    I've posted several pictures of the custom jacket made for me by Dave Sheeley, and I was about to post new pics on one of the previous threads; but it occurred to me that it's time for a dedicated Dave Sheeley custom jacket thread. I know that a few others here have had Dave make full jackets for them, and still more have had him do repairs on vintage jackets. So feel free to add pictures of your own here.

    The best thing about fall weather arriving is that I can get out the leather jackets! My Sheeley custom is now entering it's fourth fall/winter season of wear, though it seems like yesterday that I got it. Here's a link to the original thread on this jacket, which has more details on inspiration jackets and the design process:

    https://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/my-new-dave-sheeley-custom-jacket-lots-of-pics.91707/

    I'll just say here that I remain completely satisfied with the jacket. Dave uses top quality materials, has boundless knowledge of jacket history, and is clearly very highly skilled in his work. Below are three recent pics of me wearing the jacket, and a few close ups of details.

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  2. Peacoat

    Peacoat Bartender Bartender

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    Love the cut and the color.
     
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  3. ton312

    ton312

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    Always admired this jacket. Great design, superior build. I should really pursue a project with Dave. I’ve flirted with the notion in the past but never followed through. These pics have the wheels turning again.
     
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  4. JDelage

    JDelage Familiar Face

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    How useable are the hand warmer pockets? They look like they're quite high on the torso...?
     
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  5. lina

    lina Practically Family

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    They are definitely up high, but not untypical for the button up vintage style jackets that were part of the inspiration. I'll attach here pics of two main ones that I was partly inspired by -- one a genuinely vintage Sears "Topline" jacket, and the other a Freewheelers "Switchyard" coat. I liked the aesthetics, but they are also pretty functional. It's actually not so much the high placement that limits them, but rather the narrowness of the pockets. But I definitely make use of them.

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  6. steve u

    steve u One of the Regulars

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    MONARCH 1930's AVIATOR MEANDERING ZIP HALF BELT LEATHER HORSE HIDE JACKET
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    This is what I wear 90% of the time.
     
  7. lina

    lina Practically Family

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    ^Yep, that aviator is a beauty. Wow.
     
  8. Dr H

    Dr H Call Me a Cab

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  9. steve u

    steve u One of the Regulars

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    Here's a pic from yesterday...
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    Who's that old man in my jacket? ..
    This jacket is a pleasure to wear though.
     
  10. Jin431

    Jin431 One Too Many

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    Great thread, lovely workmanship, it's enjoyable to read about skilled artisans that no one would know about if not for forums like this. Looks like he works independently and I see the eBay listings, any background info on the maker?
     
  11. Dr H

    Dr H Call Me a Cab

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    Contact him: he’s on FL and VLJF. Very helpful and skilled guy.
     
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  12. Corky Corcovado

    Corky Corcovado A-List Customer

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    @Maverickson Cool thread! I'm in line for a build,can't wait!
     
  13. huy tran

    huy tran New in Town

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    Here is mine. This jacket is modeled after Monarch MFG and Freewheelers Caboose.

    This jacket is exceedingly comfortable and the craftmanship is SUPERB.

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    John
     
  14. lina

    lina Practically Family

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    ^Dave does some of the best jacket backs in the business.
     
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