Leather is an excellent material. It’s natural, hardwearing, and improves with age. However, as leather is a skin it needs to be treated with love and conditioned from time to time.
This jacket is an well worn favourite, and came to me with the charming instructions “un-f*** it”. The problems were as follows:
- Paint on fronts and sleeve
- Uneven colour, especially on sleeves
- Lining torn
- Pocket bags shredded
- Leather generally stiff and dry
- Missing buttons
Firstly, the paint was gently scraped from the surface of the leather with a very sharp blade.
Next, a weak solution of dark brown leather dye was made, and applied to the jacket with a cotton cloth. This was done in layers to avoid streaks and dark patches, and to retain the leather’s character. Be careful that it doesn’t bleed and mark the lining.
The rips and threadbare areas in the lining were identified. As my machine isn’t butch enough to completely reline the jacket I unpicked a seam to gain access to the interior and set about patching the original where necessary.
A wide piece of lining material was applied over the lower half of lining to cover multiple areas that had worn thin due keys/ phone in pockets and sitting whilst driving.
New pocket bags were inserted, using a double thickness of tough material to guard against pointy keys and hefty technology.
A leather balm was applied to the jacket with a cotton cloth, and left to soak in overnight to condition the leather. It was then buffed up to a shine using a mitt made from a coat hem I chopped off earlier. Once checked over, the lining was closed and buttons replaced.
The finished jacket is smarter and softer, but still retains the character built up through years of wear.
Restoration of leather items from £30 – £100.
Mending is priced/ hour with a minimum charge of £15.