Mood DIY: Free Reversible Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

I love the bomber jacket trend, and ever since I made my first one back in the fall, I knew I wanted to make more. This time, I drew up a pattern for the original women's version and I decided to try one for men too!

The jacket is completely reversible, so you can essentially have 2 jackets in one, complete with pockets. The one I made in September gave off two very different styles, which I loved. For this one, I kept the inside pretty simple - just navy lining and solid black rib knit. The outside, however, was made with a gorgeous abstract brocade, the same navy lining for the sleeve, and one of Mood's brand new rib knits featuring two dark navy stripes. All-in-all, it looks awesome.

If you'd like to try out the jacket for yourself, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN HERE. When laying out your pattern, it should be 6 pages across and 4 pages down. On the first page of the PDF, you'll find a test square and a size chart.

Recommended fabrics: brocade, jacquard, satin, canvas, faux leather, heavy knits, wool, and medium-weight lining.

Fabrics & materials I used:

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

Pattern Pieces:
  • 1: Front (Women's)
    • Cut 2 of Fabric, mirrored
    • Cut 2 of Lining, mirrored
  • 2: Sleeve (Women's)
    • Cut 4 of Lining (or 2 of lining, and 2 of outer fabric)
    • Cut 2 of Interfacing
  • 3: Pocket
    • Cut 4 of Lining (or 8 of lining if making jacket reversible)
  • 4: Rib Knit Collar
    • Cut 1 of Rib Knit Trim
  • 5: Back (Women's)
    • Cut 1 on fold of Fabric
    • Cut 1 on fold of Lining
  • 6: Front (Men's)
    • Cut 2 of Fabric, mirrored
    • Cut 2 of Lining, mirrored
  • 7: Sleeve (Men's)
    • Cut 4 of Lining (or 2 of lining, and 2 of outer fabric)
    • Cut 2 of Interfacing
  • 8: Rib Knit Collar
    • Cut 1 of Rib Knit Trim
  • 9: Back (Men's)
    • Cut 1 on fold of Fabric
    • Cut 1 on fold of Lining

1. If making the women's cut of this jacket, begin by sewing the darts on the front panels. This is the main difference between the two patterns.

2. Sew the pockets onto the bottom corners of the front and back panels, right sides together so they pull out like you see below. The longer side of the pocket pieces should run along the bottom of the jacket, not the sides.

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3. Place the front and back panels right sides together, lining up the pockets from the bottom. Sew along the dotted line you see below, around the pocket and up the remainder of the side seam.

4. Pin and/or staystitch the pocket toward the front panel.

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

5. If using lining for your outer layer sleeves, reinforce them with interfacing before sewing them together.

6. Attach the front and back panels at the shoulders and attach the sleeves, right sides together.

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

7. Follow steps 1-6 for the lining, skipping the interfacing if desired.

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

8. Pin and sew the rib knit collar to the right sides of both, the lining and the outer layer like you see above and below.

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

(For your cuffs and waistband, the lengths can vary depending on how tight/stretchy you'd like them. For this one, the cuffs were 8" and the waistband was a full 36".)

9. The cuffs aren't difficult to sew, however they are a bit difficult to explain. Begin by placing a cuff inside one of the sleeves, right sides together. Sew the cuff while stretching it, or gather the sleeve and use a zig-zag stitch to avoid losing any stretch.

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

10. Attach the cuff to the sleeve lining the same way; however, since the other end of it is now attached to the outer layer, it takes some interesting maneuvering like you can see below.

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

11. The waistband also attaches to the outer layer and lining. I recommend zig-zag stitching the inside of all the rib-knits to ensure that they stay folded perfectly in half and don't move around, skewing your jacket. Gather the back panel to keep some stretch in the waistband.

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

12. Turn the jacket right-side out and sew in a reversible zipper to complete your new bomber!

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

What fabric combinations are you going to use for yours? I'd love to see some finished projects!

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