This jacket is a little different to my usual style but having had a few weeks between the teaser photo and the tester call going out, I didn't have to search far to see that bomber jackets are in most of the UK high street shops this season and are quickly turning into the must have wardrobe essential! They are being dressed down for daytime wear and up for the evening and everything in between, they are everywhere! With this in mind, I thought it would be a great addition to my wardrobe and definitely wanted in!! I went slightly against tradition with my jacket, going with white base colour and ribbing as opposed to the standard white or striped, however I kept the trademark metal tooth zipper and a quick Pinterest search confirmed that actually, even going white is very on trend right now! So here is my take on it!
The Amelia Bomber jacket by Wardrobe by me is a fully lined jacket with inseam pockets and comes in sizes 30-46" (US 0-16). The pattern comes as a 42 page PDF file which includes 12 pages of illustrated instructions and 30 pattern pages. The sizes each have a different pattern style and the file includes layers. It is designed for woven fabrics and requires 1.3m/1.5y in both outer shell fabric and lining, 40cm/16" of ribbing with good recovery, 60cm/24" of interfacing and an 18" metal teeth zipper. It is very professionally drafted and rated 3/4 for sewing by an experienced seamstress.
I made the size 2 using a textured cotton/linen mix, in hindsight I should have used a more stable fabric as this pulled out of shape lots whilst sewing. For the lining I used a machine washable silky dress lining to help ensure it was easy to get on and off. I used a woven fusible interfacing and some soft poly ribbing from my stash (I don't think there was any spandex content in the ribbing so I had to make the rib bands shorter to compensate for this) I estimate it took me around 5-6 hours to complete this jacket from printing to finish and will take around 3-4 for the next one.
How does it fit?
I think it fits me perfectly! It is very comfortable with just the right amount of ease. I've worn it with just a tank under, like in the photo above, and also with a vest, tee and thin jumper under! I actually can't even think of anything I'd change next time, it's spot on just as it is!
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Pattern Cost - Full Price - (£7.65) $11 * I received the pattern for free in return for testing
Outer Fabric - £6 ($8.63)
Lining Fabric - £4.35 ($6.26)
Interfacing - £3.50 ($5.03)
Zipper - £3 ($4.31)
Thread - 50p ($0.72)
Total Cost - £25 ($35.96)
Cost to make a second using similar fabrics/notions - £17.35 ($24.95)
The Amelia pattern is on sale HERE for $8 (£5.56) until 22nd April with no code needed!
Well, what more can I say?! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this pattern and can't wait to try out different fabric combinations over the coming months without having to worry about changing the pattern at all!
Pattern - Amelia Bomber Jacket by Wardrobe by Me
Hi! I'm Sarah and I live with my 2 boys and my Husband in East Anglia, UK. I enjoy sewing for my family and it is my aim to have a completely MeMade wardrobe for us all!