Do you personally cut the patterns? You got that fashunz school education? Seriously curious.
I do personally cut the patterns; I have a standard block I use (and want to continue to use for the rest of the existence of the TOJ) and I modify it to fit each person based on their instructions and the type of jacket I'm making. So far, I've been happy with the results, the fits are turning out pretty well (refer to superfuture thread to see more user fits) and I think the jackets on their own have a nice elegance that comes from the pattern. The leathers are made from modified patterns based on the varsity jacket (pictured above) so people who've bought those will be able to size themselves pretty easily for future items.
My personal education, I have a plain jane bachelor's degree in Business, and haven't really used much of my college education beyond the bitches and the booze since graduation. Pretty much only the bitches and the booze, so for this, I am most definitely self taught. I guess I'm better with a measuring tape, ruler, and swiss curve than the average person, I did have abackground in the arts prior to college. I can sew, but I delegate the sewing of these items to people who have about 40 years more experience in sewing than me and can put out my product in reasonable time at a much more expert level. I've also owned a whole bunch of nice clothes and know what I want from clothes I'd make myself, so that factors in as well.
I do find this is one of the better things I've done in my life so far though, I'm proud of what I am making here. I like clothes and I think people are going to be immensely happy with the things they get from me, I am pouring a lot of time and work into them. I think it will show once you open the package...
Is there a slight possibility that you could make a jacket out of horsehide? I understand that it will cost significantly more if possible.
In my country, there's not too many horses, unfortunately, so horsehide isn't available as far as I've seen, and I buy all of my stuff at industry wholesale pointsso i'd say that's absolute. My cowhide is competitive with steerhide, I'd say though, it's very tough and extremely weighty, about double that of my lamb. If you want something that looks classic and will take 2 years to break in, opt for the cowhide and I think you'd be very happy.
Also, I'm no vegetarian nor am I opposed to wearing animals, and I know that horsehides in America are taken under fairly careful watch, but I feel better about using lamb and cowhide as offcasts of the meat industry rather than horses, as they're a bit different in circumstance and I find cowhide and horsehide to not look or feel as different, compared to lamb and cow, a situation of diminishing returns and hype value there. I know we're here on the internet talking about clothes that age well, but I want you to get the most for your money now and for the new few years, but honestly don't expect or really want you to wear the Temple of Jawnz when you're 75 and I'm already dead, you would look like sonicvoodoo from superfuture