Sandra introduced me to Lekala patterns in December.
I was like 'Are you sure about these patterns?'
And Sandra said 'Yes. Try on this exercise top for size.'
and I was like "Mmmm?" Sandra's right. Sandra has the knack for pattern/fabric brilliance.
Sandra's a sewing technical wizard. I mean, she won last year's Tessutis gridlock contest.
So I was thinking, "mmm. I'd love a new, cool jacket for the weekend'.
Not that I need a jacket. And I wanted a pdf pattern 'toot sweet'.
So off I go, Lekala looking and spotted something close to what I wanted and 'bazinga' out of the ether it came.
You'll notice I've changed this to a v-neckline and added welt pockets. This bomber jacket works nicely with my purple pins. DH advised me to add shoulder pads and I did.
I'll tighten the waistband ribbing by 1/3 on the next version. There is another version in the pipeline.
"How'z that" for a sixer. A workable pattern for $2.50 from Lekala patterns.
Talk about a sewing diversion...
PS. This jacket is my wearable muslin so it'll be thrown around a lot.
- Remnant denim with woven lines of roses in the fabric.
- Poly rib knit used on the cuffs, welt pockets, waistband and neckline.
- Polka dot poly chiffon used for the lining and pockets (John Kaldor)
- Open ended zipper used as the closure.
- Shortened the sleeve length.
- Round neck adjusted to V-neckline.
Making this jacket takes a bit of experience. What I mean by this is you'll need to plan to use more than your standard sewing foot.
You'll need to use your zipper foot and a foot to 'stitch in the ditch' with.
Topstitching is one of the cool features on a bomber jacket.
Choosing a rib knit
If the rib knit you use has no elasticity, add soft, wide elastic inside the rib knit.
Check the rib knit you use feels soft on your skin. This knit sits on your skin so if it's scratchy, don't buy it.
Also, don't worry about buying an open ended zipper to size. I had to buy a 50cm zipper but I made sure the bottom end was sewn onto the jacket and I trimmed the top of the zipper to fit this jacket. I only needed a 25cm open ended zipper for this jacket once I made the neckline a v-shape. There's no way I would have found 'the right zipper' in time. I bought my zipper from MyHung for $2.50.