I have been making some improvements to my Youtube channel and so I decided to do a couple of pattern reviews in the mean time. I am always trying to improve Alchimisti and have been learning SO MUCH about this whole blogging/ youtube world. There is so much to learn!!! From editing to improving the video quality and audio of my tutorials, these couple of months have been a course on doing it all (and having a great time doing it)!!
This bomber jacket was actually one of my very few dreaded Unfinished Projects! I started making it in January but sort of gave up on it after a VERY questionable fabric choice for the contrasting sleeves made my life much much harder. Now 10 months later, after much learning (and probably equal amount of failing) I have decided to finish making this fully lined denim bomber jacket. I switched the fabric of the sleeves for a double knit and actually had a great time making it. I also have some pics of the first version I have made of this jacket, which I made last year. So here is my pattern review...
Semi-fitted, unlined jackets have collar, side front seams, bands, exposed front zipper and sleeves with shoulder dart. A and B: welts. A, B, C: side front pockets. D: front pocket. Designed for medium-weight wovens and stable knits.
I used size Small for both jackets.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes! I chose view D but used contrasting fabric for the sleeves for the denim jacket and used view A with contrasting fabric for the sleeves for the first jacket I made (photos below).
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. Overall the instructions were pretty clear. I only wish they would give instructions for lining as well. But the pattern clearly states "unlined" jacket so I created my own lining pattern and it worked well.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The one thing I didn't particularly liked from this pattern is the sleeve shoulder dart. I am not sure if it really helps the fit of the sleeve and I'm probably going to test removing the dart. Apart from that I really like this pattern especially because of the raglan sleeves.
Fabric Used: For the denim bomber I used a dark blue denim, a textured heather double knit for contrasting sleeves and yarn dyed rayon for the lining all from Michael Levine in downtown Los Angeles. I also added a trim for the sleeves that I got from Joann. For the pink bomber I used this amazing fabric from Peru and pre quilted faux suede fabric from Joann. I used black rib knit from Michael Levine for the cuffs and colar of both bombers.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made the sleeves a bit longer (about 3 inches) on the second bomber (denim) since the sleeves were a bit too short on the first bomber (pink). Also, if you are making sizes L- XXL you might have to alter the sleeve according to Mccall's blog (For post click here)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend this bomber jacket for people who have some experience in sewing. Mainly because of the number of different techniques used (like darts and zippers) and the amount of hand sewing if you are going a lined bomber. That being said, I love both my jackets and feel like practice makes perfect so maybe bomber #3 will be perfect!!
Hope you enjoyed the pattern review, the post and the pics!!
Please comment and let me know what you think!
See you next time my loves!