Shrinking a leather jacket?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by pinoy, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. pinoy

    pinoy Senior member

    Messages:
    385
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Hi folks,

    I bought a used leather jacket, and the arms seem to have been stretched out (particularly at the elbow area) by the previous owner.

    Is there any way I can shrink the jacket or restore it to its condition when it was new and have it mold to my body?

    Thanks!
     


  2. warlok1965

    warlok1965 Senior member

    Messages:
    1,547
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2007
    Location:
    Over the hills and far away.
    edit: never mind, wrong answer [​IMG]
     


  3. HEWSINATOR

    HEWSINATOR Senior member

    Messages:
    1,050
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2006
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Wash, gentle, woolite black. [​IMG]
     


  4. Mazda

    Mazda Senior member

    Messages:
    1,037
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2009
    I hope this is a joke or a bad troll attempt.
     


  5. Lostinthesupermarket

    Lostinthesupermarket Senior member

    Messages:
    329
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    This can't even go in Dumb Threads....it's not entertaining enough.
     


  6. wmmk

    wmmk Senior member

    Messages:
    2,689
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2008
    Location:
    Amherst, Mass.
    you can actually take it to a cobbler, who could probably "tailor" it.
     


  7. pinoy

    pinoy Senior member

    Messages:
    385
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007


  8. Bam!ChairDance

    Bam!ChairDance Senior member

    Messages:
    6,115
    Likes Received:
    15,321
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2007
    Location:
    DC
    Wow, if leather can shrink, cows must really fear precipitation. Imagine coming out of a rainstorm with your skin suddenly too tight.
     


  9. robertorex

    robertorex Senior member

    Messages:
    3,148
    Likes Received:
    8
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2008
    Location:
    Thoughts of Trains
    +1 on just taking it to a good tailor. That seems like it has a lower chance of fucking up than any of the DIY methods you're into.
     


  10. pinoy

    pinoy Senior member

    Messages:
    385
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Wow, if leather can shrink, cows must really fear precipitation. Imagine coming out of a rainstorm with your skin suddenly too tight.

    i'm just saying because of wear the leather jacket has stretched out. Thus, I'm just looking to see if I can shrink it back to its original shape / size
     


  11. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

    Messages:
    14,914
    Likes Received:
    93
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2002
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Yes, getting leather wet and then letting it dry will shrink it. It may discolor it and if you overdo the drying process (using too much heat) it will dry out the leather and it may crack, etc. If it were me I'd try a product like Vanson's leather balm or Lexol - use some inside a seam or somewhere to see if it will discolor the leather, and if not, slather that stuff all over the jacket (so you don't get patches that are different colors) and dry the jacket, and see what happens. The moisture will allow the leather to change shape easily and the heat is what will shrink it, so hanging it over a radiator or some other gentle heat might be a good idea, but don't go nuts and throw it in the dryer or anything.

    All that said it might be best, not knowing what kind of jacket we're talking about, to take it to a decent leather shop and see what they have to say.
     


  12. PLaydice

    PLaydice Senior member

    Messages:
    800
    Likes Received:
    1,402
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Location:
    San Diego
    Why dont you throw out your stretched out second hand jacket that DOESNT FIT, and buy yourself a new jacket. Mr "can i stretch leather?"
     


  13. slee1986

    slee1986 Senior member

    Messages:
    176
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2006
    ^ +1 lol, or at the very least buy a stretched out second hand jacket that DOES FIT [​IMG]
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by