Rayon-Silk Bomber Jacket for the Holidays

Mood Fabrics' Rayon silk velvet made into a McCall's 7100 bomber jacket

 

 

I love the look of a bomber jacket and started thinking about fabric and something for the holidays.  My thoughts lead to the hot fabric right now, velvet and I headed right over to Pinterest for ideas.  I was on track as I saw several velvet bomber jackets and I knew I had my Christmas look.  My fabric is Mood Fabrics Sultan Red Soft Rayon-Silk Velvet, which is available in 7 more colors.    The pattern I went with was McCall’s 7100, which is an easy to sew pattern but the velvet did provide the challenges.

 

Mood Fabrics' Rayon silk velvet made into a McCall's 7100 bomber jacket

 

 

First think I did before doing any cutting or sewing was to read all about sewing with velvet and McCall’s blog has an excellent article.  For pressing as recommended I used a terry beach towel and used several scrap pieces to test the heat, steam or no steam, etc.  One thing my test proved was no steam.  I placed the towel on my ironing board and used another towel as my press cloth.  I am a steam girl, so the first sample, I really put the steam to it.  Well, I quickly found out no steam, it changed the texture and the appearance of the velvet.  Thank goodness for the test and extra fabric.  Remember I said I was a steam girl, well out of habit, I pushed the steam on the front side seam of my jacket.  OH, NO!  I quickly pulled out my extra and I had just enough to cut more pieces and start again.

Mood Fabrics' Rayon silk velvet made into a McCall's 7100 bomber jacket back view

 

I took some photos in the evening before our company Christmas party and then went outside the next morning for some outside shots.  This velvet is hard to photograph and it is not warm when the outside temperature is -2 degrees!  I worked quickly and got some photos which really show off the fabric and the pattern.

 

 

I will probably always wear the jacket zipped up as I like how it looks this way.

 

Mood Fabrics' Rayon silk velvet made into a McCall's 7100 bomber jacket

 

 

But I don’t mind it unzipped either

 

Mood Fabrics' Rayon silk velvet made into a McCall's 7100 bomber jacket with front opened

 

For the interfacing on this jacket I used muslin.  The velvet has lots of drape, which I like for the jacket itself.  I did know the facing, front bottom band and the zipper area would benefit from the stability of muslin.  The muslin didn’t change the hand of the fabric, just added some body.  I did baste a small strip to the wrong side of the front edge for the zipper.  My zipper still had some wave in it, something a good shot of steam would help in most cases.  The velvet just couldn’t handle the steam and I didn’t want to change the appearance of my fabric.

For the cuffs, waistband and neck, I used Mood Fabrics’ Acrylic/Spandex Rib knit trim (sold out but more choices available),   My rib knit really has the appearance of a sweater knit but has great recovery.  I loved the look of this with the velvet

Mood Fabrics' Rayon silk velvet made into a McCall's 7100 bomber jacket close up of the rib knit cuff Mood Fabrics' Rayon silk velvet made into a McCall's 7100 bomber jacket with arcrylic/spandex rib trim and full lining

 

McCall’s blog has a sew-a-long for this pattern and excellent instructions for adding a lining.  I went with Mood Fabrics”China Silk in Maroon.  I am so happy I lined the jacket, as it really just finished it off and made it look so good inside and out

Mood Fabrics' Rayon silk velvet made into a McCall's 7100 bomber jacket fully lined with china silk

 

And adding a label, of course!

Mood Fabrics' Rayon silk velvet made into a McCall's 7100 bomber jacket with lining and label

 

The bottom band and lining

Mood Fabrics' Rayon silk velvet made into a McCall's 7100 bomber jacket inside with lining

 

 

 

 

My advice about sewing velvet, take your time, test the seams and the pressing and you will get great results.

Mood Fabrics' Rayon silk velvet made into a McCall's 7100 bomber jacket

 

I love my new bomber jacket and feel very stylish and current in the velvet.  I have plans for a nice basic shirt in another color of this silk-rayon, maybe the rust?  Which color is your favorite?  Hurry and get it, the velvet is going fast.

IMood Fabrics' Rayon silk velvet made into a McCall's 7100 bomber jacket

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Comments


  • Irene
    December 19, 2016

    Your jacket is absolutely gorgeous!

    • Lori
      January 5, 2017

      Thank you so much, I do love it and my niece wants one now, too

  • Lisa
    December 19, 2016

    This looks so good! I had seen a pink velvet bomber by Free People last time I was in Nordstrom gathering ideas, but I love your idea of making a holiday look with this pattern and fabric. It looks beautiful–really high quality sewing and finishing.

    • Lori
      January 5, 2017

      This was a way for me to include the popularity of velvet into a garment I would really wear for my lifestyle. Thanks

  • patty t.
    December 19, 2016

    lovely combination/u
    se of velvet. Very fun jacket.

    • Lori
      January 5, 2017

      Thanks, Patty, I love the color and the velvet

  • Fiona
    December 23, 2016

    Ah I love the rich colour and sheen of that velvet! Great choices and execution Lori. And thanks for the tip about using a towel to press velvet on, I hadn’t heard that one before and it sounds so much easier than using scraps of the velvet itself to press against which is what I have been doing!

    • Lori
      January 5, 2017

      Thanks, Fiona, the velvet is gorgeous. I found that towel tip online and it was very helpful.

  • Laura Casey
    December 27, 2016

    I just finished my 1st bomber (black on black sleeves with zips everywhere, a big challenge to me….but now I want to make another-just like yours…it’s BEAUTIFULLY MADE and remarkable fabric choice. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Lori
      January 5, 2017

      Thanks, it is a nice pattern and so fun with the velvet. Your jackets sounds beautiful.