Thursday, February 2, 2017

Is the Bomber Jacket Making a Comeback?

And, the answer, I believe is , YES!
I decided to make this bomber jacket for myself as a part of my make for the last week ( outerwear) of the Fabric Resolution (Stash busting) challenge. In my previous post, I shared all of my creations for the weeks prior to.
What stash busting challenge you ask? Well, every month  Sew Much Talent (GR)---Facebook group-- does some type of challenge or sew-along to keep the creative juices flowing. This year is the second year that we have started off with the destashing. At this time, we also fast buying fabric. It's tough, but the rewards are great.
Getting back to the bomber jacket, last week , week four, was Outerwear challenge. As I mentioned, I chose to do the New Look 6226 ( OOP) bomber jacket. Plus, I am in another group that just so happen to already be in a bomber jacket challenge. So, I chose to do this pattern so I could "kill two birds with one stones", as the old folks would say. Why you would want to kill two birds is beyond me. Anyway, I decided to mix this Ankara print that I had in my stash with some denim I had in my stash. It was a hit!
So, here's my review...

Pattern stats: 
*NL 6226 (Workroom from Project Runway) , Sizes 4-16. Fully lined.
*This pattern is now OOP ( Out Of Print).
Fabric Suggestions:
Cotton and Cotton blends, Lt.weight denim, Pinwale corduroy, Twill, Sateen, Lt.weight wool, and wool blends, Silks, and silk types, Jacquards, Brocade, Satin, Velvet, Prequilted fabrics.
Did it look like the pattern: Yes.
Did I make any changes?  The only changes I made were very subtle. I omitted lining the sleeves,which are of a med. weight denim. So, I felt it was no need. Also, I made the yoke from the contrast denim fabric instead of the Ankara. Just subtle things.  I did not make any modifications.
The only fitting adjustments that I made were very subtle too. It was actually just a grading of the sizes. I cut a size 12 for the bodice and sleeves and tapered to a size 16 at the hips.
I very rarely sew a pattern straight out of the envelope. I'm known to frankenpattern one in a minute. Yet, this one, I made straight from the bag. And, I love it! I will definitely be making more of these.

Since making this one, others have looked for this pattern , but to no avail. However, there are other styles floating around in the pattern world. The next one on my list that I will make is this one by Mimi G Style (S8174). It's really cute!

To solidify the notion that bomber jackets are making a comeback,I probed the internet, did a google search and found several versions of the bomber jacket at various price ranges. Made me wonder what my jacket would cost on the market, hmmmm! The prices of the jackets I saw and really like ranged from $314 to $4600. I am so much more appreciative of my beautifully, self made, one of a kind bomber jacket. Check out these bomber jackets from the following designers....
Lafayette 148 Silk Bomber 
$313.60

Rebecca Taylor
Silk n' Sequins
$417

St. John
$895

Akris Punto
$1390


Fendi
$4600


Aren't you glad you can sew and create your own clothes, your OWN bomber jackets. I'm just saying. Anyway, I see mine just as good as any of the them. So, thanks to the above designers. I love your designs, but I love mine even more. BTW, maybe Rebecca Taylor has a version of hers in the Vogue patterns. On that note, I think I"ll exit this blog post and go see.

Until next time, I love you to life. Remember, you are blessed to be a blessing!

Sew Alethia









6 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!! Yes it is truly a blessing to be able to create our "priceless" clothing! This jacket is a "one of a kind" creation you should be very proud to wear! With that said, when are we going to see you in it, my friend? (Wink, wink!)

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  2. Thanks Myra! I'm gonna have to wear this jacket just for you. (smiling).

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  3. I love it Alethia!😍 Can't wait to get started on one, feeling inspired.

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  4. An inspiration piece if ever I've seen one! You did such a nice job on this!

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