signature leather collection

About the Collection


Marva Ballard has been designing unique leather wearable art garments under the label M.G. Ballard Designs since 1982.  Each piece is individually made to order, giving the customer options in color and letting them share in the creative process.  In addition to the inlaid leather technique, she also uses embossed patterns to create interest with texture.   Please use the information below to determine the best size to order. 

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Coats and Jackets


M.G. Ballard's specialty specialty has always been leather wearable art coats and jackets. These statement pieces have continued to stop traffic and garner attention since 1982. 

Decorator Pillows and Wall Hangings


M.G. Ballard began offering her art on Leather wall-hangings and decorator pillows for customers who loved her work, but who were a little more conservative with their wardrobes.

determining the size to order

Method 1

Using Your Body Measurements

Use your body measurements and use the Leather Finished Garment Measurement Chart to determine your size.

With using this method, keep in mind that when ordering leather garments you must leave room for WEARING EASE to give your body room for movement since leather does not stretch.  Once you know your body measurements, use the Suggested Wearing Ease guidelines below to determine how much wearing ease should be in the bust, waist and hip area.  Add those numbers to your bust, waist and hip measurement and use the Leather Finished Garment Measurement Chart below to determine the size to order.

Suggested Wearing Ease:

Bust area – Add 2 to 4 inches to the bust measurement. The larger the bust and body size the more ease to factor in.

Waist area – Add ½ to 1 ½ inches to allow for turning around, bending and raising arms.

Hip area – Add 2 to 4 inches, again, the larger the body size, the more ease to consider.

Click the image to the right to download a measurement sheet you can use to record your measurements.


Method 2

Using Garment Measurements

Use the measurements of a garment that fits you well from your own closet and use the Leather Finished Garment Measurement Chart above to determine the size to order. 

When using this method you simply find a garment in your closet that fits you well and has a style similar to the garment you are ordering (ex. a fitted jacket if you are ordering a fitted jacket). Lay the garment flat and measure it from side to side in the areas indicated on the diagram above. Since the garment is flat, you must double the number for the measurements indicating circumference to get the total number of inches. For lengths (jacket length, sleeve length) you don't have to double it. 

Order the garment size that most closely matches the measurements of the garment from your closet. 

Download the Directions


Please use the chart above to select colors for the leather items in the Signature Collection.

 You may also email us at with your contact information and measurements, as recorded using the measurement sheet above.  


Fitting Method 2 - Garment Measurement Form (pdf)