For my second leather project I wanted to try my hand at a paper pattern. I chose the GI holster pattern from Tandy to compliment my GI pattern 1911.
First step was to cut out the leather components. I used a very light coat of spray adhesive, but in retrospect that was a bad idea. Even though the vast majority came off fine there were a few spots it was stuck. Live and learn I suppose.
After the components were cut out using a box cutter, hole punch and and my Cold Steel Code 4, I punched all the stitching holes for the belt loop, Sam Brown button and main seam. For most of the holes the 4-prong punch was adequate, but in the curved and three layer sections I had to use a single punch.
With the holes punched I used the stitching saddle I built in the last project. On the leg strap I used a Chicago screw I had left over from the gauntlets to secure the buckle. I prefer doing a saddle stitch as I go and I improvised a beefier box stitch in the top corner where most of the wear would happen.
I probably should have used this as an opportunity start embossing, but when you have a laser cutter it's almost a shame to not use it. After many delicate adjustments and scientific tape-measure-shimming the etch went fine.
I had assembled too much of the holster by this point so the slicker wheel could only help in some places. For inside edges and thicker parts I had to resort to using a spoon. The real trick is making sure it's damp enough to have an effect but not drowning other parts of the project. As you can see above, I put a screw and nut through it so I could chuck it in my drill press; I needed to slow the gearing down to not burn up the edges, but this gave me much more control.
I used a shop towel again to apply the dye. I've decided this is inadequate and I've ordered cotton ball applicators for future projects. The dye is a bit too mottled and it feels like I am losing quite a bit of dye to the paper.
I am happy with the final result. It still needs some saddle soap but after wearing it for a day I can say its quite comfortable. This leather stuff certainly is a lot faster than armor.