Floral bomber jacket and knit skirt

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Bomber jacket and knit skirt

I love my new jacket! The pattern is Rigel bomber by Papercut patterns. The first time I saw it was in Sophie’s blog with her wonderful polkadot version. Since then I couldn’t get rid of the image of my own bomber jacket from my mind. I wanted a bomber jacket, and it had to be in floral pattern. Why? I don’t know, it just had to.

Rigel bomber description: “An easy fit unlined raglan sleeve bomber jacket with the option to make with a geometric sleeve detail or plain sleeve. It features front welt pockets, neck, sleeve and hem ribbing, open end front zipper, and front facing.”

I found the perfect fabric in a small fabric store in my neighborhood. The fabric has a bit of stretch with fuzzy flannel on the wrong side with dark floral pattern that looks like watercolour. The zipper and ribbing fabric all came from the same store. Since the store sells end of bolt fabric in cheap price, I only spent about USD10 for the jacket.

The alteration: I shortened the bodice about 1 cm across the neckline. This way I shortened the bodice as well as the neckline. Then I altered the sleeves to match the length. The jacket actually sewed very quickly but I spent a bit of time with the pockets.

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Pocket - first version
Pocket – first version

At first I used red rayon lining for the pocket bag. I wore the jacket a couple of times before I decided that I didn’t like it. The pocket bag was too small, the red lining showed too much, and the fabric is not strong enough. I really like the jacket though, so I decided to unpick the whole pockets and redid them using the same fabric as the jacket. It was a risky move but I’m glad I did it because now I adore the jacket!

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I also made a detachable fleece lining to make the jacket more winter-friendly. The sleeves were also lined with rayon lining so they won’t cling to my clothes when I wear the jacket. The fleece lining is attached to the jacket by rows of buttons along the center front, neckline, and end of sleeves.

I think everybody needs a floral bomber jacket! This is absolutely my new favorite clothing item. The jacket is stylish, comfortable and very wearable. In fact I’ve worn it almost everyday this week, even when the pockets weren’t properly finished and the lining wasn’t made yet.

Ali knit skirt / picture from Style Arc website
Ali knit skirt / picture from Style Arc website

The skirt pattern is Ali knit skirt by Style Arc. I was quite happy with my first Style Arc pattern that I decided to join the Professional Pattern Club. The membership includes 10% off all pattern, free pattern of my choice, and a gift. The package arrived yesterday and the gift is black Bengaline stretch fabric enough for a pair of pants! I was so happy that I already ordered more patterns so I can use the fabric.

The Ali knit skirt desciption: “Latest fashion, this slim line pencil skirt featuring front draping, plain back and elastic waist. For a plain skirt just cut 2 of the back panels, or for a rouched all round skirt cut 2 of the front panels.”

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This pattern was such an instant gratification! It only has two pieces and everything was done on overlocker so it only needed less than an hour to finish. I didn’t make any alteration other than shortening the hem about 5 cm. The fabric is rather thick jersey that I bought in the same store as the jacket fabric. The color is actually not truly black but rather very dark brown that matches the dark colour part of my jacket.

The skirt is very comfortable and the style is versatile. I can see myself wearing this skirt quite often in the future. So far I had had two successful result with Style Arc patterns, can’t wait to work with the next one!

Jacket pattern is Rigel bomber by Papercut patterns, size 34.
Skirt pattern is Ali knit skirt by Style Arc, size 6.

  • http://threadnoir.blogspot.com Sassy T

    Absolutely love this. Featured on Sassy Sewing Bees https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

  • Nadia Mehdi

    That is the coolest bomber everrrr! If you have time I’d love to hear a bit more about how you made the detatchable lining!!!

  • Mary

    Thank you so much for posting those pictures of the detachable lining! Lovely jacket, I may just copy that.
    Mary in Thailand.

  • http://Whatmissamydid.wordpress.com Amy

    Wow – these are both fantastic. Lining the bomber jacket like that is genius and I love the print. Going to have to look up that skirt pattern too.

  • http://blogmixedemotions.blogspot.fr/ sara

    Gorgeous jacket, and adding the fleece lining is brilliant !

  • http://sakepuppets.com Angela

    Love it! And the snow in Japan looks so fun!

  • http://poofytail.wordpress.com/ Carolyn S

    Your detachable lining is brilliant! As is the rayon lining just in the sleeves. I also bought the Rigel pattern after seeing Sophie’s version, and have been looking for the perfect fabric to make it in. I’m definitely going to use your lining ideas when I see mine up. So glad you posted this!

  • http://www.cocosloft.blogspot.com coco

    What a great jacket! I’ve been wanting a bomber jacket as well, have been looking for a pattern – thanks for this one! And love your lining idea.

  • http://www.madalynne.com Maddie

    The bomber jacket would be my favorite piece as well. Good for you for going back and redoing the pockets. Now that’s a good sewer!

  • http://bonnechanceblogspot.blogspot.com/ angela

    Wow that bomber is so so adorable! I just love the fabric you chose, and the detachable lining is amazing!

  • http://seamsoddlouise.blogspot.com seamsoddlouise

    That jacket is amazing, the detatchable lining is fabulous. Great idea to have floral feminine fabric juxtaposed with that masculine shape. Genius.

  • http://satinbirddesigns.blogspot.com Andrea

    Two great pieces, styled in such a pretty way. Your photo shoot is so fun! The jacket with the removable lining is just fantastic.

  • http://www.notesfromamadhousewife.wordpress.com lisa g

    fantastic jacket! your stitching is impeccable, as always. love the removable lining!

  • http://flowercatdesigns.wordpress.com Kelly

    I love both pieces!! The jacket is clearly a winner, and the skirt looks so comfortable and versatile. Beautiful!

  • http://gingermakes.wordpress.com Ginger

    This is such a great pairing! Your bomber is ADORABLE and I’m so impressed by the removable lining- what a great idea! The skirt looks adorable, too!

  • http://Www.misslulusews.com Miss Lulu

    Love, love, love that jacket. Great idea to add the fleece lining. Now you can wear it for the next few months all the way into late spring. Great colour combination.

  • NzLola

    You’ve sold me on the Rigel! Really awesome pieces. You’re inspiring, but here in Chicago, we’re all way over the winter. No one is smiling in the fluffy falling.
    This was a great way to start the day! Thanks.

  • http://buttonandneedle.blogspot.ca Chloe

    Fabulous jacket! And what a great idea to add the detachable liner – cozy and stylish at the same time.

  • http://Sewrachel.blogspot.com Rachel

    Thos look amazing! I really like that skirt. I’m working on my first style arc designs now. That club sounds like a good deal! Maybe if mine come out as good as yours do, I’ll join !

  • http://vacuumingthelawn.blogspot.com/ Kyle

    Your outfit looks amazing and I. LOVE. THAT. SKIRT!!!!!!

  • Sandesh

    Wow…..both items look fantastic. I have been thinking about the bomber pattern for awhile (since seeing Sophie’s one too), but you have just sold me, it is definitely on my to do list.
    Congratulations on taking lovely pictures in a blizzard too !!!

  • http://www.cirque-du-bebe.blogspot.com Cirque Du Bebe

    This jacket is a work of ART! Firstly the fabric is so bomber perfect and that inner jacket contraption idea is very very clever. Props to you!

    • http://verypurpleperson.com Novita

      Thank you Sophie! Still in love with your version! :)