Thursday, February 6, 2014

Kwik Sew 3491 Hooded Bomber Jacket


If I was to attempt to sum up what style I'm usually trying to achieve when choosing sewing projects, this jacket just might be it.


Utilitarian, slightly rugged, but with girlish touches, layer-able, pockets, and a hood. Yep, pretty much what I go for.


This was a Kwik Sew pattern that I bought in a paranoid haze right before Sew LA's most recent Black Friday sale. The style was right up my alley, and I was worried that a heavy discount might mean there wouldn't be any left come Saturday morn. As it turned out my fears were unfounded and we did not in fact sell out of Kwik Sew 3491 on Black Friday, but you never can be too careful.


And the fabric. Oh the fabric. I will do my best to describe this exquisite fabric to you, but I will undoubtedly fall short, because it is divine. It is a grey cotton moleskin by Robert Kaufman. Quell any visions of rodent skin and instead imagine a soft, luscious cross between velvet and suede. It's like velvet and suede had a lovechild that inherited only the best genes [and a convenient washability].


The pattern wasn't lined, but I had been eyeing this gorgeous floral lawn for weeks in the shop, and decided it must be so. Coincidentally it was purchased in the same paranoid haze as the pattern. [My paranoid hazes are limited, I promise.]


This is the first outerwear project I've made, and all in all it was a little less intimidating than I expected. You know how some projects just try to defy you at every turn? This one was very well behaved. So if you've been considering making a coat or jacket, this girl says, do it!


When I was attaching the back facing, I thought it needed some sort of little detail, so without thinking or judging I appliqu├ęd a heart 'tag' onto it. Because why not. I DARE YOU TO TELL ME WHY NOT.


According to the Kwik Sew website, this pattern is discontinued. BUT it appears that they still have copies for sale, and they're only $6! So if you're diggin' this, hurry!


Project Specs
Pattern: Kwik Sew 3491
Lining Fabric: Japanese floral lawn from Sew LA
Ribbing: from Michael Levine

18 comments:

  1. This turned out so well! I love the glimpse of floral. I just made the papercut patterns bomber and I love it. Would like to try this pattern next!

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  2. AAAAAAAAAAAH I WAS SCREAMING WHEN I OPENED THE PAGE AND THEN I SAW THAT HEART!!!!!

    this is so friggin perfect.

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    1. :D :D :D
      i hope everyone that sees me in the jacket screams.

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  3. I love it I love it I love it! And it's so perfectly you :)

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  4. Really cute and practical at the same time. How lovely! Ps. Looks like you got your site back!

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  5. Moleskin! I've seen that fabric before and you're right - it's a dream to work with! Lovely coat.

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  6. Just discovered your blog thanks to The Nerdy Seamstress. First thing I see when I pop on over? THIS AMAZING BOMBER JACKET. I just stopped, dropped and had to comment right on the spot.

    Seriously, that jacket so perfect it's almost annoying! It strikes a lovely balance between rugged, rebel and girly. I love the colour choice (so rich and luxurious) and all those lovely details: the cute lining, the heart applique, the hoodie. Ooh, and I gotta give props for the beautiful photoshoot which sets of your project perfectly. (Ok, I'll stop with the copious amounts of praise before this gets awkward...)

    So yeah, i'm your newest follower and I'm off to read the rest of your blog.

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    1. YAAAAAYY!! thank you, and i'm glad you like what you see...and welcome to my blawg!! :]

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  7. Wow! I love your coat. It looks so well made. I love the heart in the back and floral lining.

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  8. Love bomber jackets and love the floral lining. Sassy Sewing Bees https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees ❀

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  9. Ummmmm, this is amazingly cute! I LOVE it! Great job, girl!

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  10. This is great! I didn't know I needed a bomber jacket in my life until I saw this post. Now I must have one!

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  11. I love, love your jacket! I don't like bomber jackets, but I think it suits you very well. I love the floral lining. The heart detail is precious. I think I might take a dive into making my own jacket too. I love your pictures, a perfect setting for your jacket! Great job all around! :)

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  12. wow this is ridiculously cute. awesome job.

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  13. This is my dream jacket! So cute!

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