(*I know it’s February…)
I stitched up my jacket in a black and white polka dot needle cord. It took me a long time to decide what fabric to sew my bomber in, looking through my stash several times and trawling the fabric shops buying fabric…but not for my bomber.
This cord is actually a fairly recent addition to my stash from a pre-Christmas trip to Palmerston North with fellow WSBNer Sandra. We popped into Levana on our way and later we split up while I did some errands. When we met back up Sandra showed me what she’d bought from Morelands, which included the cord, and I decided I needed to go there too. So we went back and I totally copied her by buying the last of the bolt.
I was originally thinking skirt but eventually my ears attuned to the fabric’s whispering, “bomber…jacket…do it”
Your fabric whispers to you too right?
I only had 1.55m, not enough for sleeves, but actually that much polka dot would probably have been too much anyway so I tested out an idea I had for a jacket with ponte arms and bought a black double-knit and then picked out an emerald lining fabric and mint green ribbing. I was channeling a 50s vibe I think…I might need a poodle skirt…
I drafted a lining from the pattern pieces (Kat wrote a great tutorial here) because I felt like this fabric needed it. My only other changes were to add 2cm in length to the sleeves and shorten the neck ribbing approximately 2cm at Kat’s suggestion to prevent a floppy collar.
It stitched up easily, the welt pockets went in like magic and I love my pocket lining choice.
I changed it at the last second when I found a random scrap of printed cotton in my “this is far too small to keep but I can’t bear to throw it away” box. I have no idea where it came from but it was the perfect match to both the ribbing and lining. You normally can’t see it but I know it’s there 🙂
I also used it to embellish my label.
And that’s it!
I’m really proud of this, I think it’s one of the most well made things I’ve ever made.
As my sewing improves I do notice more things I’d change next time. The arms are still just a tad short but not so much that I won’t wear it. It’s quite a different style to what I am used to, I’ve never owned a bomber jacket before and I find myself tugging it down occasionally. That’s just me getting used to it, but I think I’d like to try lengthening the body next time.
I’ve already worn this jacket a lot, it’s fun and casual and a good weight as we transition into autumn.
Pattern – Papercut Rigel Bomber, Size S, variation 1
Lengthed arms 2cm, self-drafted lining, shortened neck ribbing approx 2cm.
Next time I will lengthen the arms an extra 2cm (4cm total) and lengthen the body, maybe 5cm, need to check.
Fabrics – Needle cord for the body, double knit arms, ribbing.
I’d really love to do a glam brocade or sequinned bomber but I think my next version will be a sporty one, unlined, variation 2. I am thinking marl grey with bright coloured shoulder triangles.
Harriet was unimpressed with the lack of attention, and the beeping black thing on the tall metal tree, it was giving her the evil eye…so she is giving it right back 😉
Really cute combination of fabrics and colours, I love it!
Awesome jacket! I love the 50s-vibe without being too obvious (although if you paired it with a poodle skirt it would become obvious 😉 ). And I also just love polka dots… I made a Papercut-blazer (bellatrix?) and I had to lengthen the sleeves as well, something I normally don’t have to do. The more I see this pattern, the more I want to make it as well…
Beautiful color and pattern combination!
This is so cute! I love the idea to use ponte for the sleeves! Super clever! And your polka dot/mint green combo is really sweet!
This is awesome! I love the daring use of colour!
looks great with the solid sleeves, I love the picture of the inside ;o)
I love the 50s vibe of your bomber! I love the combo between polkadots, mint and green, it’s perfect!
Love the colour & pattern combination. Great job!
I absolutely love this. The col;our combo is fab and the polka dots are way too cute. Great.
Not sure if swearing is allowed here, but that colour combo is fucking awesome!!
I love all the color coordination- really thoughtful!
Oh I love your jacket – perfect combination of dots and solids and the lining is fabulous too. Bravo!
Looks fab! Love the colour combo
Best rigel bomber one i have seen till date..
That bomber is amazing!I will definitely recognise you if I see you walking by 🙂
Love it! I bet the ponte arms are comfy. The black balance the dote perfectly, and the green is fun! Love the combo.