I expect to reach my goal weight soon, and as a reward I’ve promised myself a leather jacket that I’ve been wanting for a while. I love the jacket but it has one problem – it has no fasteners (zipper, buttons, etc.). I still want it, but I want to add some sort of fastener. I have no experience with leather work.
Zipper seems like it’d be the most difficult. The easiest seem to me (just a guess) to be either buttons or metal snaps. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of work on a leather jacket? Do you know what tools are required? Any other suggestions?
If it’s too hard to do it myself, a specialty shop is an option, but I’m hoping this isn’t too difficult of a job.
This one. Feel free to call me a nerd… I have a (very small, but growing) collection of movie leather jackets, and I like to wear them out sometimes (not as part of a costume). Usability is more important to me than strict accuracy, so I’m willing to modify it.
I believe that installing snaps would be easier than installing buttons or zippers. They’re typically installed with special tools (punches and anvils) that are fairly inexpensive. Here’s what’s involved. This is within the realm of a do-it-yourselfer, just be prepared to mess up a few snaps learning/practicing. Take some care to get snaps of a size and durability suitable for leather, and a correspondingly sized tool.
The front of that jacket really doesn’t look like it can overlap nicely to work with snaps. If this was mine, I’d have a zipper added so the two sides can butt together like the dark brown version and add the two snaps to that overlap. You’re looking at probably around $35-50 to have it done. As jacket zippers go, this would be almost brain dead easy to do.