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Newsletter Archives : Motorcycle Leathers


I wanted to share my news and let you see what's putting a smile on my face this spring.

I've been riding on the back of my husband's bike for years.

Last spring I decided to get my license and my own bike.

I started with a little trainer, a Honda Rebel 250 then moved up to this beauty.

It's a 2003 Honda Shadow Ace 750.

My husband Dan found it while searching the ads. (One of his favorite pastimes!)

Do you like my leathers?

Finding leathers for a full-figured petite like me is impossible.

So, our resident seamstress, Vija made them for me and did a beautiful job.

The pants are made from our #605 Jeans pattern and the coat is a
modification of the #204 Jeans Jacket.


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These jeans are so comfortable and the fit over my curves is fantastic!

We've made samples in denim and stretch twill. Many of you had a chance to try on these samples when we toured the spring sewing shows. The response was a definite WOW.

If you are making the jeans in a woven fabric, like a heavy denim, cut your size in the same way you'd cut any of our pant styles.

If you're cutting from a fabric that has stretch, like a woven cotton/spandex twill, you may find that one size down is perfect.

We recommend that you start by making one pair in your regular size and evaluate.

For my motorcycle leathers, we cut the pants from the #605 Jeans one size up to accommodate the thickness of the leather.

The length was extended 1-1/2 inch to ensure complete coverage when my legs are extended on the bike. (This makes the legs a bit too long when I'm standing, but perfect on the bike.)

We eliminated the back pockets, and we added a washable fine cotton/poly lining.

Jeans Jacket with Classic Styling

The Jeans Jacket is sooo popular this spring.

We're seeing it in all kinds of fabric and with many modifications.

This one is cut generously, so if you plan to wear it over a sweater or a hoodie, you can cut your usual size and know there will be plenty of room.

If you want it to fit closer, as many of the girls are doing, cut one size down.

Here are the steps we took to modify the pattern for my motorcycle jacket.

We cut up two sizes to accommodate kasha lining, thinsulite, the thickness of the leather and an occasional extra sweater.

The lower band was eliminated.

The front was lengthened to just touch my leg when seated.

The back was lengthened so that it would just touch the seat of the bike when I'm in riding position.

Instead of snaps, the front has an inside double-separating zipper.

Outside pocket flaps were eliminated.

The sleeves were lengthened and the cuffs eliminated.

Side pockets are zipped and there are two inside pockets faced with leather.

Much of the top-stitching was eliminated because with leather, the seam allowances are glued.

I'm delighted with the entire ensemble.


I hope you enjoyed reading about my spring project and that it inspires you to make an outfit that puts a smile on your face!

Take advantage of a 10% discount on these new pattern styles, #204 Jeans Jacket and #605 Jeans until May 31, 2007.

Be sure to mention the newsletter offer when you contact us.

Happy spring sewing from everyone at Petite Plus Patterns!

Kathleen, Dan, Vija and Sheila

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