Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kwik Sew 3491 Bomber Jacket Repeat

Kwik Sew 3491

We've been here before, haven't we? Kwik Sew...bomber jacket...floral lining. This all seems so familiar.

Oh yes, I already made almost this exact same jacket, KwikSew 3491, blogged here. How strange! Oh, the deja vu!

Kwik Sew 3491 Hooded Bomber Jacket

This time, though, it's a trade show sample for Robert Kaufman, so I don't get to keep it. Also, note the lack of beach and blonde hair [goodbye California.]

Kwik Sew 3491

I have to say, even though I already have almost the exact same jacket, I considered dropping everything and fleeing for the border just so I could keep this one too. [Luckily Hootie talked me out of it.] The style of this jacket is very much me.

[Also just FYI, this post is basically going to be a repeat of the last time I made this exact same thing, because I feel the exact same way. At least I'm consistent?]

Kwik Sew 3491

Firstly, I will gush about the outer fabric. It's Robert Kaufman's Chamonix Moleskin. I really, really love this fabric. It's somewhere between velvet and suede in texture, but it's 100% cotton. So yes, totally machine washable. It's so soft and squishy and texturey, and can you tell I really like it? My last rendition of this pattern was gray, this one is a deep navy.

Kwik Sew 3491

Now let's talk about that lining, shall we? It's Kaufman's London Calling lawn, the same fabric I used as a lining in one of my Chloe dresses, just a different colorway. I love the pop of lining inside the hood, and I especially love the lining on the inside. [I'm definitely using the word 'love' way too many times in this post, sorry guys, but it's true.] The pattern doesn't come with lining pieces, so I made my own. The jacket is faced on the inside all the way around the neckline, so I traced off the exterior pieces, subtracted the facing pieces from the tops, accounted for seam allowances, and voila! Lining pattern.

Kwik Sew 3491

I assembled the lining separately and then attached it to the free edge of the facing all the way around when the jacket was put together but before the hood was attached. The lining bottom, the ends of the sleeves and center of the hood lining are all turned under and hand stitched down.

Kwik Sew 3491

I used the same ribbing that I used on the first jacket. There are few things worse to me than almost-matching colors, and I couldn't find a ribbing that matched the navy exactly, so I went with a contrast.   Where do you buy ribbing? I find it to be difficult to source.

Kwik Sew 3491

The hood drawstring is some just some leather lace from Big Box Store. I think it ties in the brown of the ribbing and adds to the ruggedness of the jacket. And oh how I love a rugged jacket.

Since this was a custom job I timed myself very accurately - I use an app called Hours Tracker - and I was kind of surprised that this only took 7 hours of work time from start to finish, including cutting and hand sewing. Heck yeah! Although the paper pieces were already cut and the lining pieces already drafted, I still felt pretty good about that time. Part of it is that I've recently started using a rotary cutter and weights to cut out patterns, and it is SO. MUCH. FASTER.

Kwik Sew 3491

By contrast, I also made a Moneta dress with the tie collar and sleeves as part of the same job, and it took me 4 hours. 4! Hooray for knits, right?

Do you ever time yourself when you sew?

[P.S. - because I know you're wondering - that t-shirt was a Christmas present from my brother, and it's from an Etsy shop called Personal Baggage. It's a cat face in the shape of Ohio. I repeat, it's a cat face in the shape of Ohio.]

UPDATE: Sadly this KwikSew pattern is out of print now. But here are a few other similar-ish jacket patterns if you'd like to get your mitts on one!

Rigel Bomber by Papercut Patterns
Malu Coat by Schnittchen- make it short and add ribbing!
New Look 6226
Kwik Sew 3764
Burda 7047 [not super similar but does have a hood]

18 comments:

  1. Ahhhhhhhhh, this is so good!!!!! I love it!!!!! It's pretty much the perfect jacket! I'd just swap out the floral lining for plaid and leave everything else the same. Crap, now I want to make yet ANOTHER jacket... dammit!

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    1. omg PLAID!!! you are speaking my language, girl. do it!!

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  2. This jacket is so perfect except for that fact that the Kwik Sew pattern you used is now out of print! Waaah! Hate when that happens. But, good job and super-cute jacket!

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    1. I know, such a bummer!! I do have one spare copy, maybe I'll auction it off.... :] or perhaps mccall's has a similar one??

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  3. The fabrics look SO YUMMY, shame they aren't available in the UK as far as I can tell...

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  4. That contrast ribbing looks great with the jacket and adds a nice contrast. I'm glad Hootie talked you out of running for the border, I want to see more of your sewing projects :)

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  5. Ooh I've just cut out an amazing vintage 70's bomber, I hope it's as cute as yours. It's got the most enormous collar that will be visible from space. I'll be making it in a boucleish-tweedy wool. I did look at options for ribbing - it's mostly synthetic as far as I can find. A good suggestion I found on the interwebs are using old thrifter jumpers (sweaters) for ribbing.

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    1. LOVE the thrifted sweaters idea! I never would have thought of that but it makes so much sense.

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  6. Such an awesome jacket! Run for the border!

    Also, do you think the moleskin fabric would be good for a bag? I am daydreaming of making a travel set with the Grainline Studio Portside bag pattern and the Willow and Co Senna tote. The moleskin seems like it would work well for the bottom half of the bag. Thoughts?

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    1. I think it would! With wear it gets a little soft and floppy, but as long as you interfaced it I think it would be lovely. I have some leftovers of the gray moleskin that I really want to use for a Cooper bag.

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  7. These jacket is really awesome and eye catching. I like the work behind this jacket. Nice photos and impressive post. thanks for this post.

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  8. I loooooooove this jacket!!! I've always wanted to sew a bomber style jacket and I love that moleskin as an option for fabric. I haven't sewn with it before but it looks really nice, especially paired with the floral. Awesome awesome awesome.

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  9. Interesting!! That's an awesome jacket and would love to have it. Awesome woman's outfit.

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  10. The jacket is much adorable. Just love it..!

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  12. such a lovely girl very nice your looking there are few things worse to me than almost-matching colors, and I couldn't find a ribbing that matched the have exactly. so you went with a contrast
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