Behind the Scene at Mode & Pelle (2)

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Sewing at Mode & Pelle

Precision

It takes at least 3 years for a beginner to master the skills of sewing leather.
• Year 1 – straight lines, hidden lines, top stitches
• Year 2 – intricate parts such as pocket openings.
• Year 3 – Joining curves, such as sleeves and collars and putting on ribbing and zippers

Why does it take so long to master the skill? Because no mistake is allowed! Imagine! There is no eraser, there is no correction pen. If stitches are undone (snip, snip), there will be needle holes left behind and the panel has to be thrown away.

It’s like any live performance. Precision and Precision. Kudos to our master sewers who delivered the best workmanship piece after piece! ^^

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Behind the Scene – know thou jacket! (1)

Do you ever wonder how your leather jacket is made? Let me tell you some awesome facts about Mode & Pelle!

Unique and individual

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Behind the scene at Mode & Pelle

Our experienced cutters are master artisans. Leather hides are their canvas. They cut and trace every panel by hand knowing exactly how they want the jacket to look once it is assembled. No machine can replace the masters’ artistry and no two jackets are the same!

Restoration

Restoration Project

“I love shopping at my closet” – I saw this at a friend’s FB status and I can’t agree more! When I was clearing my closet last week, I found this vintage bag from il bisonte, a popular design in the 70s. It was however in a horrible state of neglect, crying out for help.

Here is what I did….

  1. Wipe the leather surface with a dry clean cloth. Get rid of any dirt or mold on the surface
  2. Clean the oxidized buckles and buttons with a bit of WD40
  3. Straighten out all the straps with paperweight
  4. Apply a thin layer of dubbin with a dry cloth, evenly and in circular motion
  5. Put an old T-shirt in the bag to restore the shape

Voila! 20 mins of work (faster than what it took me to write-up this restoration report!) and it is looking pretty darn good. The leather feels a bit stiff but I know once I carry it around, it will soften in no time.

No bad for a slow morning. ^^

Sonya Cross’ Leather Jacket in the Bridge

Sonya Cross' leather jacket

Distress Vintage Biker Jacket

Rarely has a single jacket generated so much interest in television. Not because it compliment the figure of the leading lady or make the character stand out from a crowd or revealing a new trend in fashion. No, no, no. it is much more than what catches the eyes. The jacket has become a legitimate character in the cast and it has its own story to tell.

The distressed cowhide, the vintage biker style, the animal print trimmings and hidden studs all integrated seamlessly together. It embodies the toughness, hardship, basic instinct and mystery of the leading lady.

page3Bravo to the costume designer for picking out the coolest jacket in TV this season.

Do you have a jacket that shows your story? I wouldn’t go so far as to have my jacket run over by a car to make it distressed and interesting.

Simply treasure every crease, stain and mark. That’s what makes your jacket awesome and irreplaceable! ^^