Measuring for a custom made Leather Jacket

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Getting measured for a custom made Leather Jacket

This post is to help you on the task of measuring for a custom made Leather Jacket.  All my leather jacket listings at WWW.LEATHER-SHOP.BIZ have a sample guide to help you take measurements for a custom leather jacket but even that guide is a little confusing to some customers.  To help you on measuring for a custom made Leather Jacket be it a motorcycle jacket or a regular leather jacket i am including another guide here today that i think is even better and shows you exactly where to measure.  

Now this guide below is really meant for motorcycle suits but i think  it is perfect for all leather wear,  you just need to take the measurements that apply to the item you want.  For example if you want a pair of leather pants you would not need to take chest or sleeve measurements and if you wanted to take measurements for a leather vest you also would not need to take arm measurements and so on.

NEVER take the measurements alone always have someone measure you.

The only item needed for measuring for a custom made Leather Jacket is a fabric Tape Measure and it costs $1-2 and can get them at any Dollar Store or Pharmacy (they usually have a shelf for sewing) or of course a Fabric store.  If you don’t have one or can’t find one locally or don’t want to spend a buck you can use a piece of wire or string and a tape measure you have in your tool box.

Also wear the clothes you would normally wear under a jacket like a t-shirt or shirt.

For chaps wear your pants or jeans unless you want to wear the chaps bare bottom (not kidding) otherwise the chaps might be too tight and you will have to wear them bare bottom, unless that’s what you want then never mind.

I added a * sign next to the measurements you would need for Measuring for a custom made leather jacket or shirt.

Do not add anything to your measurements – we need your actual body measurements.

1.  Wrist *
2. Fore arm *
3. Bicep *
4. Neck *
5. Chest (under armpit) *
6. Waist (at belly button) *
7. Hips *
8. Thigh (10cm from crutch point)
9. Knee
10. Calf (10cm from knee point)
11. Ankle (at ankle bone)
12. Shoulder width (from shoulder bone to bone) +
13. Back length (neck to waist) *
14. Elbow to wrist *
15. Sleeve length (shoulder to wrist) *
16. Knee bone to ankle bone
17. Waist to knee
18. Side length (waist to ankle)
19. Inside leg (crutch to ankle)
20. Total length (neck to ankle)
21. Shoulder (neck to shoulder bone)
22. Weight (kg)
23. Women Only – under bust measurement
24. Age
25. Height (cm)


In case you wanted more info.

Below are a couple of links to pages on  on How to measure for a custom made Leather Motorcycle Jacket. These links below will open in a new window so you don’t lose this page.

  • Link to a page – How to Measure for a Motorcycle Jacket . The instructions are really simple and explained well if you want to go with their guide then send us the measurements numbered 1 – 10

If you stumbled onto this page and haven’t bought a jacket yet then visit my store at WWW.LEATHER-SHOP.BIZ We have 100’s of style of cowhide leather motorcycle jackets as well as Lamb Nappa leather jackets and coats all custom made for you.

When you have your measurements ready send them to me in a e-mail to ron@leather-shop.bizwith the style #, color, free options you want plus any special requests.
Thanks for reading my post Measuring for a custom made Leather Jacket i hope it helped you understand the process and hopefully will result in you getting that perfect fitting leather wear item.

How to Apply a patch to a Leather Motorcycle Jacket

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You can order any leather item from our store and we can make any patch and sew them on for you at the factory just contact me for price.  Just send me a pic or drawing of the patch or design and size  you want to and i will give you a price, it is actually not expensive.  If you have your own business this is also a great way to show off your logo on a custom made leather wear item.

Here is the original link where i got this info for the DIY- Do It Yourselfers


Don’t use cotton thread for sewing patches onto leather. The chemicals used to tan leather will weaken the cotton thread over time.

1.  When putting a patch on leather the iron on backs seldom work well. They are made for cloth or denim. The high heat may damage the jacket. Some of the glues are not formulated for leather and won’t hold long term.

2.  If using a sewing machine you will probably need a thicker leather needle used for shoe repair. These are made for manual foot treadle machines so you control speed better.

3.  Sewing by hand is what I have usually done.You may need to remove the lining from the jacket in the area you are going to sew the patch in. You may be able to just undo an edge and slip your hand between the lining and the jacket. You will want a good thimble and a sharp smaller upholestry needle. Light fishing line or clear nylon thread is best.

4.  Mark the jacket with chalk where the patch goes so you can see that you are keeping it strait as you go. Do the first stitch from the inside coming out so the knot stays hidden. Work around the patch about 1/16th of an inch apart on stitches. When you get back to the beginning do 2 half hitches onto the first knots and cinch it down. Then put the needle and thread under the edge of the patch and work it to the far side and out or back into the jacket. Cut it so it stays long but the tail is under the patch or inside the lining.

Stitch the patch on by sending the needle back and forth through the leather and the patch, all the way around the patch’s edges. Keep using the thimble to push the needle in without bending it. Keep stitches close to the edge and close to each other for the most secure stitching.

5.  Continue around the patch until you end up where you started. Then, send the needle through the first stitch and loop it around to make a half hitch. Do this a few more times to make a finishing knot. Trim the leftover thread close to the patch so the stitching is smooth.

6.  Restitch the jacket lining after removing your hand.

7.  After all that I am going to tell you that if you are not flat broke save a few hours and sore fingers. A good shoe repair store or tailor can do this by machine for a few dollars. If you go to a shoe repair shop make sure you specify the color of thread you want to use so they do not use a odd color that is on their machine from the last repair job. Chose a color that will be hidden against the patch embroidery.

leather pants – measuring yourself for a custom made pair

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Hey folks today’s post is about leather pants and how to take measurements for a custom made pair. If you want to order casual leather pants you can basically follow the measuring guide below. All you need is a friend to help you plus a pen or pencil also something to write on and a fabric measuring tape, some customers will measure with a piece of string or wire then hold it to a tape measure they have in their toolbox. When taking the measurements around the waist and hips don’t pull the tape too tight or the pants will be tight and uncomfortable. Write down your measurements as you go along it is that easy and should only take about 3-4 minutes.  Once done just to be safe remeasure and if the measurements come out the same both times then you are ready to order your leather pants.


If you want custom made racing or riding leather pants then you will need 2 extra measurements to make sure KNEE armors are in the right spot, lets call these measurements X and XX.  For X measure from the crotch seam to the center of your knee bone and for XX measure from center of knee bone to your ankle thats it. 

Just remember you can also send us extra measurements like the outseam from waist to top of foot if you want and if you are taking the measurements from a pair of pants that fits you good always measure inseam from where the 4 seams connect, just feel around under there and you will know what i mean.

We have alot of styles of pants in our store but we make everything custom so if there is a style you want and don’t see it in our store WWW.LEATHER-SHOP.BIZ  just send us a pic or drawing of what you want and we will make them for you.

Custom made leather casual pants

Custom made leather riding / racing pants

custom made leather Pants and chaps measurement guide

You can also use the same chart for Chaps but when measuring for chaps take the measurements over what you would usually wear under chaps unless you want to go bare bottom.

Here is a link to a video that shows you some of the steps to take pant measurements in case you want to see how some steps are done.

How to measure pants

Thanks for dropping by, i hope this helped you.


This just in breaking news – you can now also use this guide below i have for suits it is more detailed, i only need the measurements that apply to pants.  Example you would not need to measure your chest, neck, arms and so on.

Measuring yourself for a custom made leather Motorcycle / Longboarding suit

Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk)

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Hey folks, I added another Steampunk related video to the blog.  I love Steampunk fashion and the people who wear it.

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Steampunk Antique Butterfly Gear Necklace

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