Loved the jacket he recreated from original trousers !
I think this is it Ken. Enjoy!I missed that one, do you have a link?
That post, esp reading it today, breaks my heart - what little is left of it.Re: A.M. Clothing Irvin Jackets-the ultimate RAF fleece jack
Andrew, I must say I was surprised by your announcement, and specifically its timing.
As you will know from reading my posts, I've been working on my repro Irvin jackets for three years. In that time I have sourced the correct industrial sewing machines and become skilled in their use. Using the most closely matched sheepskins I have produced highly accurate reproductions from a deconstructed 1941 original. My jackets have been universally welcomed on the forums, and have received terrific praise from purchasers, as you will have seen. One of my proudest moments has been receiving a resounding endorsement from Wing Commander K.H.H. Cook DFC - a member of the Dambusters Squadron.
After an extensive testing phase, I posted that I was ready to accept orders for production jackets (numbers 6-12), so you can understand that the timing of your announcement is disappointing. I have invested everything - blood, sweat and tears - to reach the point where I’m ready to take orders for jackets. I've been very open about what I've been doing, and have shared all of the progress on the forum. It's been a long, hard slog to get to this point, but it has been a labour of love. For me, making reproduction Irvin jackets is all I want to do.
The fact that you made your announcement the day after I posted to say I was now ready to take orders, feels like you are trying to pull the rug from under my feet. Your post reads like a condensed version of what I’ve said my aims and aspirations have been throughout the various posts about my project.
I know that making accurate reproduction Irvin jackets isn't a copyrighted idea, but I just wish that you'd let me know your intentions. Nobody should be frightened of competition, so I look forward to seeing photographs of the jacket you’ve had made.
Agreed, but and please be honest, if that had been your original Irvin sent for a restoration, would you have be happy with the work?Ken,
Yep, you know your sewing shit, but the "errors" you point out on Jonny's jacket make it look all the more like a wartime rushed jacket - same as most of my original Aero A-2's. Just my opinion!
If I was sending an original in for restoration, I'd expect whoever does the work would match every irregular stitch hole.Agreed, but and please be honest, if that had been your original Irvin sent for a restoration, would you have be happy with the work?
And this is the very heart of the matter. If a post could be quadruple liked and triple rewarded this one is it for me.Let’s not off track here.
Johnny Boys leather jackets are no more.
It’s clear when as an individual / company that the more jackets you make the more experience one gets and the greater the end result products.
Earlier goodwear’s can be considered not to be the high of standards they are today. Exchange Goodwear for the other named makes as well.
Perhaps if the carpet had not pulled from under him at the birth of the company he would have made more jackets.
Developed and improved his products and techniques over the years.
And still maybe be in business.
That could be considered the issue with this thread.
Not as put “well meaning amateurs”clearly bumbling along playing secret agents