Will this even work? I guess we’ll find out soon enough…
Once the lines are drawn and seam allowances cut, the entire rear opening is glued and turned in along the edge.
From the bottom of the heel pocket:
To the top of the hood:
And held in place with double-sided tape.
I don’t actually sew these to the zipper until it’s partially sewn in. That way I can position it precisely based on what is needed.
This allows me to close up the entire second side (kind of a dry-fit), and make sure the leather on both sides of is properly aligned.
Once I’m happy with the placement of the 2nd side of the zipper, I carefully unzip and use binder clips to hold it in place while sewing. The clips provide additional insurance that the zipper won’t move out of position while being fed through the sewing machine.
It seems to work pretty well for me so far… Next, long strips are cut for the rear tongue.
This sack has two additional sliders, so it can be opened anywhere you like along the rear.
And second: topstitched from the outside, using your first line of stitching as a guide.
Instead of backstitching, I just cut the threads long and tied them from the inside. Gives a neater look…
These are held in place with double-sided tape, and topstitched. Very, very carefully – it’s about as front-and-center as any stitching you’ll do. Highly visible.
So, that brings to a close our sleepsack project.
The ability to make things to your own specifications, and to fine-tune the design to meet your requirements is what custom leather crafting is all about.
These 3 seams get glued and flattened.
The front panel is stitched slowly and carefully, being sure to leave the mouth area open (at least on this version). This is the point where you want to do whatever variations you have in mind for the front of the hood: before you sew on the back.
I use the head form to start molding and shaping the hood. To me it’s the most important part, and it has to fit perfectly.
Take your time to work it, and get a nice smooth opening.
Trim, undercut and skive to get the seam as flat and smooth as possible.
Once I’m happy with the shape of the mouth, the front seam is topstitched. Can you see the path I took around the mouth? I think having no crossover of the center seam kind of gives the mouth a cleaner look.
Once sewn, it’s on to the wood head form for the glue-up of the center seam.
I find it’s easier to glue neatly on the form, and the hood is held in tightly in place with painter’s tape. I also have been gluing first, and cutting the small darts after the glue has set up. Makes for a neater glue job…
Once set up, the seam is flattened…
I like to leave the hood on the form overnight to stretch it out a bit…
This is probably the most nerve-wracking to sew, as the different shapes coming together present a challenge. And it’s a highly visible connection where the hood meets the body.
Fortunately, it turned out okay…
Once it’s topstitched, everything got a little brighter for me. Just stunning… And we’re almost there.
Clip and sew darts on L+R shoulders and L+R rear panels.
…flatten (and topstitch if you like).
|Ready for the next step…|
Next, clip and sew L+R front panels together leaving opening for zipper (align at neck opening).
Keep that transition smooth around the zipper opening.
From the inside: use double-sided tape to hold the zipper in position for sewing.
(a view of the inside)
This part of the binder is so cool looking… Love the foot pocket!
I start aligning at the shoulders and work carefully along the way to make sure things line up.
When aligning long pieces of stretchy material like leather, it’s easy for things to not align. You want to take you time to ensure symmetry between the two sides.
Sew those sides to the front panels once you’re happy with the clips.
…flatten and topstitch. The foot pocket now looks like this:
Clip those puppies in place. Just like the side seams, the shoulders can be tricky to clip, but for a different reason: in this case you are attaching a curved shape (the shoulder) to a flatter shape (the body of the binder), so you are mating two different things together. Take your time to get things aligned just right before sewing.
You know the drill: glue, flatten and topstich the shoulders.
As you can see, I use a couple of boards clamped to my workbench to hold the piece while the glue dries.
It can just hang out for a few minutes while the glue sets up.
Once flattened and sewn, we have the neck hole coming together.
I topstitched this seam as well, although you don’t have to if you want a cleaner look. On this sack, I’m using matching red thread, so it’s a very neat and subtle look. Very pretty with this leather.
Once sewn, you end up with this:
Once that’s done, the heel pocket end gets clipped in place.
This little piece is actually the hardest part of the whole thing to sew.
It’s a little tube that has to be capped just right, a tiny little piece.
I end up putting some foam in the pocket to help it hold its shape while I’m running it through the machine.
I take photos myself, so I appreciate all the work that goes into getting an image like this:
The rigging, the lighting, the location-shooting. My question is “How does he get so many beautiful shots, each so unique and different?” He’ll do an entire setup, in a particular location, with a beautiful model, and then he is posting just a single, solitary shot. Damn!
Obviously, this guy THL has an amazing eye, and a beautiful, willing lovely girl(s) to model for him. But man, what a way with the lighting and setups… One beautiful image after another.
Even the straightforward shots of his fetish gear are pure artistry…
Another movie I had to share (otherwise I couldn’t call myself a friend) found courtesy of Huffington Post: a series of videos of women reading stories while being *ahem* (silently) stimulated until they reach a (literary?) climax. I think it’s an art project. Is it just me, or is this far sexier than any porn movie ever made? Doesn’t hurt that Theresa is completely stunning and gorgeous. Of course, I like weird stuff, so maybe it’s just that… Enjoy!
|A still from the movie. Yes, every boot fetishist hopes to see this whenever a car door opens…|
|Straight off the runway…|
|This sack features an open mouth and nipple access, with the neck pattern slightly shortened in front.|
|I went with red thread topstitching throughout (instead of black) for a cleaner look.|
|The 3 sliders on the rear zipper make it possible to open the zipper anywhere along its length.|
|And a few other tweaks to the pattern for the ultimate tight fit…|