“In the Shop” with Jackie Robbins Episode #16 Custom Lambskin Vest





In the Shop 2015 - Version 4

“In the Shop” with Jackie Robbins Episode #16 My friend and client from many years past looked me up recently and wanted to know if I could replicate a vest that she had owned for several decades. It was lovingly worn past repair and the size needed to be adjusted. “Of course, and I’d love [...]

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In the Shop 7-2014

This client wanted a jacket with changing sleeves and belts. A challenge, but not impossible. See the process as we designed and fitted the garment and I sewed together and constructed the piece. The sleeves zipp out and can be changed to another color and pattern of leather. I actually made 3 sets of sleeves [...]

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My old friend Jim Archibald is realizing his passion for Beach Paddle Ball through his new company Malibu Paddle Co. He shapes and constructs the paddles by hand, each piece a work of art. He came to me a couple of weeks ago, asking for a “ferrari” of leather bags to be made to hold [...]

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Here you’ll see how the women’s shearling jacket has come together. From the exertior the jacket is very low-key, all matte black in varieties of grain and slight differences of texture. All the pockets and the general boxyness of the design are reminisent of a jean jacket, which is easy to wear on a wide [...]

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In the shop photo5

Last week I showed you this beautiful shearling jacket that we took to New York for a Leather Waves photoshoot. In the next three episodes of “In the Shop” I will show you how it was made. I started with a bundle of six absolutely gorgeous skins from Italy that were an unusal find. The [...]

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In the shop photo 5

So now it’s time to make a linning and sew it to the finished shell of this Deeerskin Cafe Racer Jacket for D. B. I use a heavy satin lining because it’s durable and wears well and because it’s shiny it so easy to slip in and out of, so it’s dark and slick. I [...]

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In the shop photo5

Ready now to make the lining. I chose something fun and spirited yet in the same color tones to give the jacket a little flair. Next the leatherbound buttonholes finish off the front with large wooden buttons that have tiny daisys carved into them, that brings all the elements together and adds the finishing touch [...]

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In the shop photo5

This jacket had 2 lives! I made it the first time and felt there were some details missing that I could do better and then remade it a second time adding some touches that really made it shine! I had an original design that I sketched and made a pattern for. Then I cut a [...]

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In the shop:Jackie

*Welcome back for part #2 of the making of the newest Leather Purse for Spring 2013 *Here you will see that I used those stitched leather strips to tie-down the metal details to the staps, this gives the bag a bouncy fun look. I love tying things to bags because when the person who is [...]

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Spring Leather Purse and wallet clutch

Just made this one for Spring. The color glows. The gold color metal details sparkle. Trimmed in tonal goat suede with the embossed golden cowhide as the main feature. Front phone pocket, zippered top, fox tail detail, and large barrel beads on stitched laces. In addition the Wallet clutch, that can be pulled from the [...]

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In the shop

Once past the fitting, pattern making and cutting stages of the project I can now begin construction. The first part involves installing pockets, which are quite detailed, the zipper and putting the main body pieces together. Next I make the collar, an important part of this particular jacket because the neck of the client needs [...]

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In the Shop E#4 P#1

I showed you this rugged leather windbreaker for J.H. last week, now I will show you the process we took for making the jacket. J. loves his black nylon windbreaker that fits him in a roomy and flattering way. It’s design is perfect for J.’s boxy, atheletic build and really comfortable for him to wear. [...]

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In the shop E#3 P#2

The next steps on this journey of creating the Valentines Day Dress involved cutting the pieces out and sewing some of the main ones together. I found a great silk de chine fabric that I thought really highlighted the red lizard print on the faux leather and I loved the combination of the black grey [...]

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In the shop E#3 P#1

I wanted to design and make a dress for Valentines Day. Something hot and stylish. I started off with some perforated red lamb suede, but then had a change of HEART, and decided to make something new for my “no-animal” line of leather goods. I had purchased some faux leather fabric that was a beautiful [...]

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In the shop E#2

Yes, this leather Sports Coat is 12 years old, and it is owned and loved by real rock star, one of the best rock guitar players in the business. I believe I made this for him in 1999 or 2000. It was sent over to me for it’s first repair in all these years, something [...]

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In the shop

Good Morning Leather Lovers, today I begin my new online series “In the Shop” with an order that I did for K.R. this December 2012. K. brought me one of her favorite bags that she’d owned for a long time and truly loved. It was created by one of my all-time favorite French designers, whose [...]

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In the shop

    Leather Waves, “in the shop” with Jackie Robbins invites you in to experience the process with custom leather designer Jackie Robbins. Step In; View, Like and Share if you love leather and the creative brilliance of this leather-making-master! www.facebook.com/leatherwaves

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