Wool Bomber Jacket

This gorgeous wool denim made its way to my house recently. It’s Mood Fabrics’ Italian Wool Denim to be exact. Editor’s note: Looks like Lori may have gotten the last of this fabric, as it’s now sold out. But don’t worry, we have lots of wools suitable for bomber jackets here.

The description  says this fabric is medium-weight, good for boxy tops and jackets. I had it in mind for another project to mix with a wool plaid but these two fabric were not quite right for each other. After Papercut Patterns’ Rigel Bomber came out, I knew this fabric would be great for a bomber jacket. As you know, bomber jackets are all around in fashion and Meg at Mood made a fabulous one in this post.

bomber jacket made from Mood Fabrics' wool denim and ribbing.

 

I went with the Mood Fabrics’ Antique Dark Blue Ribbing for the cuffs, hem band and the neckline.

It has a soft hand but I loved the wide ribs and the look of a vintage varsity jacket, plus it went beautifully with the wool denim. I did have to make some adjustments for this ribbing as there is no Lycra which means little recovery.

sleeve ribbing

I cut all the pieces smaller to compensate for the recovery, which seemed to be just what was needed for the fabric.

Denim bomber jacket made with Mood Fabrics' wool denim and ribbing

 

The bottom of the jacket was just a bit loose and didn’t have the weight I felt it needed for the jacket. I had an ah-ha moment driving home from work, remembering the elastic Meg used in her jacket. I stitched a seam in the middle of the hem band and added two rows of elastic. This was just the answer for the hem band. Editor’s note: While Lori was able to make this ribbing work, we strongly recommend choosing a knit or woven fabric with lots of Lycra to get the body-hugging effect a bomber jacket’s ribbing requires.

back ribbing

To add some interest to the jacket, I quilted the sleeves in a crosshatch pattern, using a thin piece of quilt batting. Here is the wool denim after the quilting:

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I felt this added just a bit of texture to the garment and plus a bit of warmth to the sleeves. You can see the quilted lines (faintly) in this picture:

sleeves

Thanks to Meg’s advice and her above mentioned post, I went with this Mood Fabrics’ Blue and Black Small Floral Silk for the lining and used a flatlining method.

What is flatlining? From Meg’s previous post: “Flatlining is a technique where the fashion fabric and lining fabric are treated as one fabric, rather than constructing the garment first and then attaching the lining.”

inside front facing

This pattern does have a facing, which is a nice feature to cover the zipper. I hand-stitched it to the silk. By the way, I love this silk, it is a perfect touch for the jacket. It makes it so much easier to wear with long sleeves and a nice way to finish the inside. Not to mention the feel of silk!

 

Mood Fabrics' wool denim used to construct a bomber jacket.

On Pinterest I saw a white blouse with a blue bomber jacket and really liked the look. A white blouse, it just goes with everything, doesn’t it? I did add 1″ to the sleeves but that was my only adjustment.

The idea of a denim bomber jacket really appealed to me. Denim just goes with so many things and I have several colors of jeans and corduroys. This wool denim was the perfect partner for these jeans, and now adds a basic to my closet. I wouldn’t normally wear these boots with these jeans, but as you can see, a few inches of snow accumulated in the night, changing my boot plans. Then throw in a nice gusty wind and it’s hard to keep your hair in place!

Wool bomber jacket constructed using wool denim from Mood Fabrics

Silver and antique gold separating zippers were in my collection and I went with the antique gold–I just liked the look of this gold metallic with the wool denim better than the silver. I guess it was just the look of old Levi jeans, which appealed to me

front zipper

This pattern was easy to construct and the most time-consuming part for me was the welt pocket. If the welt is intimidating to you, a faux welt could be used and have the same look on the front of the jacket. Here is the welt and a close look at the texture and look of the wool denim. Doesn’t it look just like a pair of comfy old jeans? That’s exactly what it feels like to wear.

Another great jacket for my wardrobe and I can see it with jeans, pants, over dresses, with skirts and I am so happy I jumped onto the bomber jacket wagon.

Mood Fabrics' wool denim used in a custom bomber jacket.

 

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Comments


  • Beth Conkwright
    December 16, 2013

    Looks great. Can’t believe you found ribbing that matched so nicely.

    • Lori
      December 16, 2013

      Thanks, Beth, I was so thrilled with the ribbing.

  • Elena
    December 16, 2013

    Love the jacket, the way you’ve put the looks together, and the photos in the snow are gorgeous. However, I’d want to wrap a soft, warm scarf around my neck. Brrr!

    • Lori
      December 16, 2013

      Thank you, Elena, it was nice to have the warmth of a jacket on that snowy day. I was much warmer with the collared shirt.

  • Ginger
    December 16, 2013

    Cute! This is such a fun spin on a denim jacket! You look adorable!

    • Lori
      December 16, 2013

      Thank you so much, it was fun to make and photograph.

  • Erica B.
    December 16, 2013

    Great jacket Lori!

    • Lori
      December 16, 2013

      Thank you, Erica.

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 16, 2013

    What a fine bomber! Your work is beautiful Lori and so are the snow pictures!

    • Lori
      December 16, 2013

      Thank you, Sarah, it was fun to make and I love snow, so it was fun photograph.

  • Peter
    December 16, 2013

    That jacket looks great on you, Lori — so cute. Love the snowy backdrop too!

    • Lori
      December 16, 2013

      Thank you, Peter. It was a good photography day.

  • Amanda S.
    December 16, 2013

    What a fun little jacket!

    • Lori
      December 16, 2013

      Thank you, Amanda, I will really enjoy wearing it.

  • Lauren
    December 16, 2013

    This turned out really cool, Lori! I love that denim wool and it looks amazing made up in a bomber. Can’t believe you found matching ribbing and everything! I’ve been wanting to make this pattern but haven’t found a fabric that really calls to me, and yours is giving me some much-need inspiration :)

    • Lori
      December 16, 2013

      Thanks, Lauren, I was so thrilled with the ribbing, it was just the right touch. I am sure you will find the perfect fabric and the bomber will fabulous.

  • Amy
    December 16, 2013

    What a fun jacket! And, that snow! Wow! It’s been cold here, but no snow to be seen. I’m not sure how often it snows in Seattle anyway. But, I could have used a jacket like that to help cut the chill anyway. I hope you get lots of wear out of it!

    • Lori
      December 16, 2013

      Thank you, Amy., the snow will be gone on Thursday. it will be a nice weight jacket to have.

  • oonaballoona
    December 20, 2013

    beautiful as always–but that flatlining & zip are the icing!

    • Lori
      December 21, 2013

      Thank you for the sweet comments.

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    December 21, 2013

    Bomber jackets are all in at the mo aye. It’s like the new denim jacket! I like what you’ve done with our bomber and the lining is sooo pretty.

    • Lori
      December 22, 2013

      Thank you, Sandra, it is like a new denim jacket.