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Author Topic: Spats and Gaiters Discussion Thread  (Read 1795 times)
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« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2017, 04:42:23 pm »

They also sell special sewing machine needles for sewing leather . They have a special tip and are sturdier. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=leather+sewing+machine+needles
 Here are some examples on E-Bay.
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« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2017, 06:44:56 pm »

They also sell special sewing machine needles for sewing leather . They have a special tip and are sturdier. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=leather+sewing+machine+needles
 Here are some examples on E-Bay.
Sadly, I don't have access to a sewing machine. I guess a machine could be used for the straps, because you can lay it on a flat surface. I stitched the rest of the spats/gaiters by hand, and because of the curved edges, I needed to position the pieces "in 3D space" as opposed to a flat surface. I could however, stitch the edges (perimeter) of the spats with a machine, again, because you can lay the edges flat on a table.

Sewing by hand is not that hard. Turned out to be easier than I thought.


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« Reply #27 on: October 10, 2017, 09:31:23 pm »

https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/diamond-hole-chisel-set These help for hand sewing.
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« Reply #28 on: October 10, 2017, 10:12:24 pm »

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That's an interesting tool.
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« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2017, 02:37:41 pm »

Was talking more about the thick eva foam floormats and the like
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« Reply #30 on: October 11, 2017, 05:49:24 pm »

Was talking more about the thick eva foam floormats and the like
I'd be interested to see that in this thread. We need more spats tutorials!
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« Reply #31 on: October 11, 2017, 06:19:10 pm »

indeed. If I get around to doing them I'll post it
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« Reply #32 on: October 11, 2017, 06:42:51 pm »

In other news, I've opted for the one inch wide nylon strap, and plastic buckles. Not Victorian but will be easier to sew on, and easier to clean. I've bought camel coloured thread for that. The spats should be finished tonight. And I'll be finishing the phone case for my new phone. So I guess that will conclude my contribution to the thread. I'll post photos tomorrow.
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« Reply #33 on: October 12, 2017, 10:24:50 pm »

So I burned the midnight oil, and attached a pair of nylon straps and two plastic slide buckles. With my atrocious sewing skills, I had to use a matching thread that would be as invisible as possible. Again I used the thick craft grade thread. I chose a camel coloured thread which nearly matches the suede colour. I will have to sew the whole perimeter of the spats, though as I don't know when the neoprene will start detaching from the leather. It's becoming clear to me that the contact cement alone will not cut it, especially in hot and humid weather, the leather will "curl" away from the neoprene at the edges. I've seen that happen before on suede cuffs I made for my Steampunk watches. For now it's alright as is for Halloween, but I'll definitely have to sew around the button  eyes and the perimeter. It should not take that long, but for me it'll be a few hours extra. I'll keep you posted on that.


I performed field test to see how they behaved in the real world. Very comfortable for a 1.4 mile walk to the supermarket plus a bus ride.

The strap needs to be short enough to make it not drag on the ground. It's a bit tricky sliding the strap through the buckle, but once you pinch the end of the strap it's easy to pull and tighten. Taking it off is very easy, you just angle the buckle outward and it's easy to pull the strap off.

These nylon straps fray rather easily, and a step you just can't forget when buying this material is either using a hot knife to cut the strap to size, or use a razor blade and immediately apply a few drops of cyanoacrylate glue to the sliced end after cutting. This step insures the straps will not unravel.


With the neoprene lining, the leather spats feel fairly rigid and very secure, and the leather bends with your boot and ankle easily, without too many creases. The spats provide a noticeable thermal cover, and they might feel warm on a hot day. Otherwise, I found the added ankle support very pleasant. They do, however, tend to rotate a wee bit about the lower leg, but the spats are held securely in place by the strap.


When I picked up the buttons at the store I noticed a nice small detail. The legend "Equipments Militaires" is engraved in each of the buttons. I found that rather appropriate  Wink you know what they say. "God is in the details."

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« Reply #34 on: January 13, 2018, 05:06:28 pm »

Update on spats or gaiters:

Just a passing comment, but I've been wearing these gaiters for the cold weather in sub freezing temperatures, and me tell you, these are so warm! Great performance. Minor hiccups, such as having to use safety pins so the free ends of the straps from the buckles don't drag on the dirty pavement. One solution would be to make the straps much longer and cut an eyelet so they can be buttoned or snapped at the ankles. Either way the spats worked great. Another complain is the light colour of the spats. They tend to get dye rubbed on from the jeans if you wear them under the trousers'cuffs. Apparently Jean dye is very difficult to remove once it has transferred to the suede. I had moderate success by cleaning with alcohol and scraping (actually peeling off with masking tape) off some of the most stained suede fibres, especially along the edges. The solution there is to wear the spats on the outside of the trousers cuffs military style, not under the trousers' leg.

Other than that, I'd recommend spraying 3M water repellent on the suede, to avoid water stains.
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