I just picked up a new lambskin leather moto jacket made by Wilson's Leather for a killer price. I've been looking for a black moto jacket and this one seems to fit the bill, baring the fit and "finish", that is.
I'm concerned that the jacket might tear just inside of where the sleeves meet the back of the shoulder as I have some pretty aggressive lats and it gets quite tight when I reach to adjust the stereo while driving, even when unzipped.
My desire is to run it through the washing machine to break it in, get some texture and lose some of the shine, however I am concerned it may shrink too much and put me in more risk of tearing in the back. This is my first leather jacket and I'm not familiar with how resilient lambskin tends to be.
After washing and probably hang drying the jacket I intend to bring it to my friend that is a professional seamstress and have her take the waist in for a more "V" shaped, fitted look. Then I'd like to have her bring the sleeves in at least an inch on each side. However, she is largely against bringing the sleeves in anymore than 3/4" saying they will tear in no time. It's hard to argue with her because of this being her job for 15 years, but I have tried on more expensive jackets with much tighter sleeves...
My questions are as follows:
1. Will washing and hang drying the jacket shrink it and increase the likely hood of a tear in the upper back?
2. Is removing the polyester lining a bad/ dangerous idea?
3. Am I really asking for it by bringing those sleeves in for a nice and fitted look?
4. Generally, how strong/ forgiving is lambskin?
Also I posted some pics of how it is currently sitting right now if anyone wants to chime in on how it fits and whether or not I am out of line @ unicorntearsinfinity.tumblr.com