I’ve reached another level in the sewing world; red moto jacket…

FYI, I made this faux leather moto jacket…LOL! Its been some journey over the past 6 months and today I’m happy to show off my latest and most complex creation. As I explained earlier this week my GIRLFRIEND and I saw something we both wanted to create and we went for it.

After we gathered all the tools and supplies needed we went to work in the studio and came up with a dope finished product. There are a little more pictures than usual in this post, but I couldn’t leave out any detail with all the hard work we both put in.


Pattern: Simplicity 8174
Pattern Description:  Moto Jacket
Pattern Sizing: 14
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done? Kinda
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like how easy it was to modify.
Fabric Used: Faux Leather
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added a collar, belt, sleeve zippers, & breast pocket.
Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? Yes

shirt- H&M; jacket- Simplicity Pattern 8174; pants- H&M (similar); shoes- Aldo (similar)

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    February 23, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Mr. Norris you put a hurting on that jacket! What are you trying to do, out-sew Mimi?….LOL, great job!

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    February 23, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Really awesome jacket! You and Mimi are adorable together!

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    Carol Crocker Ware
    February 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Nice work and Kudos to your accomplishments in such a short time! The jackets look great!!

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    February 24, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Great jacket! How do you make the shoulder and bodice adjustments for men?

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    February 24, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Dope Lining fabric!!! I love it!!!

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      Norris Danta Ford
      February 27, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Thank you!

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    June 17, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Really love this jacket! I saw it on your video! It looks great!
    I’m new to this sewing/tailoring thing, so I’ve just been watching a lot of your videos for inspiration.
    I hope to be as good as you some day :]

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      Norris Danta Ford
      June 21, 2017 at 10:19 am

      You will sir…I’m still somewhat a beginner b/c I’ve only been sewing for 8 months. Keep at it and if you really want to get the basics done sign up for our which is literally from the beginning. First Class taking the sewing machine out of the box. It’s $11.97 a month and you get access to coursed every month that builds on the last.

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    October 24, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Hi Norris. The jackets are beautiful! And to think that you’ve only started sewing recently. I notice that you did quite a few modifications, adding the collar, ZIPPERS IN THE SLEEVE SEAMS….nice…and various buckles. Which brings me to my question. I’m planning on making the jacket for my daughter using faux suede, and was wondering where you got the zippers, buckles and eyelets used? Thanks for any help you can give.

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      Norris Danta Ford
      October 24, 2017 at 11:56 am

      I got them from a place in DTLA called Zip-Up (828 Wall St). Thank you for checking out my site and showing interest in my personal style. I hope this information helps and here’s a link to their site if you’re not local.

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    October 24, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you so much for the information about the zipper source! Really appreciate it. I took a look at the site, and as the zippers come in two lengths (at least that’s what it looks like) I’m guessing that for Mimi’s jacket, it was shortened at the top? Also, the YouTube video showing how you put the jacket together isn’t up. I’d be curious as to how you drafted and inserted the piece that goes under the zippers in the sleeves. Just wondering. If you haven’t the time, I understand! Again, many thanks.

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