How to Make Your Own Motorcycle Pants
Making your own motorcycle pants really isn't as hard as it may sound. Here are a few steps that will help you through the process.
Step 1 - Wash the Leather
The first thing you need to do is follow instructions on the leather material and wash and dry it. The reason for this is because you want the material you are using to be pre-shrunk.
Step 2 - Measure
The first measurement you need is from your waist down to your crotch. Then you have to measure from the right side to the middle of your waist as well as from the left side to the middle. Then write down the measurements. Then pick out a pattern that suits you and the shape of the pants that you want to have.
Step 3 - Cut the Leather
Now, using the pattern as a guideline you can cut out the leather to the shape that it says. You may want to use a knife with a sharp blade as scissors can be hard to cut through leather with. If you measured taller or wider than the pattern allows for then you will just need to extend the leather and cut accordingly.Make sure that before you cut, any edges that need to be on a fold are done that way. This will save you from having to sew more.
Step 4 - Sew
Once you have cut out the leather pieces according to the pattern, you can sew each of the pieces together as well as a long the folds to keep the look clean. You will want to try to use a sewing machine when you are working on this project, however if you do not have access to one a needle and thread will work but it will be harder to get through the leather that way. Once you have gotten a good amount of the stitches in, you will want to try on the pants to make sure that they fit you just right. After you have completed the sewing out the outline of your pants you may want to make a few decisions. Many times, if you are actually using the pants while you ride you will want to add an extra layer in the crotch and backside area so that you have padding. This is a personal choice and is not usually popular for those who are just wearing them for style purposes and do not intend on spending a lot of time on a motorcycle. After sewing the padding in you can hem the bottoms by just folding up and sewing around the edges for a clean look.
Now you can sew on the buttons and zipper. The pattern will have left an opening for both, so using your sewing machine you can sew both sides of the zipper onto its respective side of the pant as well as sewing the button on and making a button hole on the other side.
You are now finished and they are ready to wear.