Hi, I got a great deal of info and ways to get my bake in shape from here. Thank you very much and keep the motor running. Here is a good way to mess with the stock seat. Hope that helps or just give you an idea of what can happen to custom seat that just wants to be different. That is the seat of Erik AKA Corpsegrinder
1.Strip it and change the shape if you want. So you can see the build up on the front and the short back. Also there is a bit of shaving on the sides. Erik did great job shapping it him self.
2. I did cut a bit to lower the back since that was OK with Erik and the silhouette will be nice and lean. I used Hot Knife that why it looks burned. Also I did mark center to be able to align the pattern leather on. Small piece of the foam I cut off was added to the tail to covet the sharp edge from cutting the pan.
3. Now you need a pattern. Well that is where you want to make sure you check everything twice. I used some cotton fabric (non stretch). Did a cross in the middle to match the marking on the seat. Then pin it down by making sure it lays flat (do not make it super tight since the pattern will run small)
4. Add the side panel after marking the style lines (cutting line). I cut some of the material away since there is symmetry and all I need is one good half. Folf the edge of the top panel and tuck the thee under that will help you mark the lines to the side panel.
5. Mark at least couple match points. I did all since is best to transfer to paper pattern. You need to end up with the same amount of marks on both pieces, it sucks if you miscount for some reason.
6. Now after all that just hold for 30 more min before opening a beer. You need a clear head. Transfer the fabric template to a paper pattern. Any big paper works. Just fold in half for the top panel and trace the outlines.
7. Now you can check the marking one more time and count the holes. I did mark the holes on the top 3/8 from the edge so I can get the lace to cross nicely. For the side piece I left Ό SA (seam allowance) for the part that gets overlapped from the top layer. Do not forget to add 2 on the parts that go under the pan so you can stretch it well. Believe me you really need the 2 or you have no grip unless you are doing simple flat seat. For Our Best luck the SS 750 has a pretty hard shape to start with and the under pan crappy shapes do not help at all, but it is all god.
8. Cut the leather and punch all the holes. Take your time, do it right. I had change of hearts and did a bit extra designing on the nose that will look cool and will serve a purpose once I start shaping. That is natural veggie Belly Leather.
9.Get your leather wet if you want to toll it. Tons of try and error to get to know the right amount of moisture on. Best will be just before you notice that it starts drying. You can start tooling it.