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Finished: Bomber Jacket of Leather and Metallic Brocade

Isabel Marant bomber 2

This Isabel Marant jacket was the inspiration starting point for my third and final bomber jacket.

Readers, I think I got a little bit carried away with the whole bomber jacket trend. First I made this bomber, then this one, and now here’s my third–AND LAST!–bomber jacket. I really enjoyed sewing the first two versions, but this one I just wanted to be over with. I’m very happy with the results, mind you, but this pattern is being officially retired.

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Finished! My third and final bomber jacket, a combination of silver metallic brocade and taupe leather.

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It’s hard to photograph some metallic fabrics. I took these photos here, but even our in-house professional photographer sometimes struggles with how to successfully capture metallics.

Here’s a quick recap of the sewing details:
- Light taupe leather for the sleeves and neck binding from Mood NYC’s leather department
- Silver metallic brocade, also from Mood NYC, but no longer available because a buyer for Club Monaco bought the rest of the bolt. (Here’s a brocade from MoodFabrics.com that I think would work well.)
- Flatlined instead of lined using an off-white silk crepe de chine
- Hong Kong seams and seam binding using a lightweight silk brocade I had in my stash
- BurdaStyle pattern 7210
- Lampo zipper stitched on the outside as a design element
- Welt leather pockets

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Here you can see the silk crepe de chine lining and the Hong Kong seams. If you’re planning on wearing a jacket unzipped, like I do with this jacket, it’s important the interior looks as great as the exterior.

I did have one dramatic incident when I was working on the the welt pockets. Somehow I managed to slit my fingertip open and it bled all over the silk crepe de chine pocket. I was able to remove the blood stains (blotting with a damp towel while cursing up a storm), but I ended up getting water stains on one of the leather sleeves and on one of the welt pockets. Of course they’re only removable by taking the jacket to a professional leather cleaner. Waah.

Bottom line: I feel very chic in this jacket! Employees and customers alike told me how much they liked it when I wore it last week. The leather sleeves are very soft and comfortable to wear, even in the warmer weather. It looks great with the sleeves worn pushed up and paired with jeans or pants.

What I’m working on now: I’m finishing up a new tote for spring and summer made of coated linen and leather, then I start sewing a shirt that combines two Thakoon silk prints: item numbers 303199 and 303197. It’s so nice to have runway shots like these to study how the designer placed the motifs, because print placement can be very tricky. What are YOU working on now?

Thakoon prints

9 Responses to “ Finished: Bomber Jacket of Leather and Metallic Brocade ”

  1. oonaballoona

    i’m a little sad to hear this is the last of these, cause they’re amazing. i bet this GLOWS with your coloring!

    596 days ago   |  
  2. didyoumakethat

    Hardly words to describe how much I love this. Such workmanship!

    601 days ago   |  
  3. Ginger

    Wow! This is killer! I love it!

    602 days ago   |  
  4. Sally Thompson

    This is beautiful, and will be so versatile in your wardrobe. Thanks for the detailed description. That really gives me inspiration!

    603 days ago   |  
  5. Lori

    Meg, this is just so stunning, inside and out. I hope the finger heals quickly. I am working on a graduation dress for my daughter, Meredith, from FC25263C , white/cream embroidered eyelet voille.

    603 days ago   |  
  6. Elizabeth

    Meg, this is a tour de force. Absolutely love it. All the details, the fabric. Just gorgeous!

    603 days ago   |  
  7. Trisha

    Beautiful, as always! Hope your fingertip is ok.

    I’m currently working on a dress for a May wedding. I’m combining two different laces, but I’ve run into trouble as one lace is very open, and I’m not sure how I’ll handle it…. we’ll see!

    603 days ago   |  
  8. Meredith P

    Fabulous jacket, Meg! Thanks for sharing.

    603 days ago   |  
  9. Toby Wollin

    Currently, I’m working on a baptism sailor suit for a grand-nephew and have some black and white satin on the table to be made into a fancy long dress for a big university ‘do’ in June.

    603 days ago   |