This might not be the most original title for a blogpost on the awesome Rigel Bomber pattern. I’ve seen so many gorgeous floral versions in the blogosphere, amongst them the lovely version of Sally (The Quirky Peach) and Elisabeth (Sewn by Elisabeth)
But a while ago, this lovely velvety floral fabric arrived at Madame Tirette, where I work, and I knew it had to became a bomber jacket. My bomber jacket.
I had the Rigel Bomber (Papercut Patterns) in my pattern stash and decided to give it a go. Bomber jackets aren’t my go to shape, so it was quite out of my comfort zone.

Floral Rigel BomberAfter wearing it a couple times, I still feel like it’s a bit long. I’m rather short, so that might have something to do with it.
I love the colours though and it’s such a soft fabric!
overal shotThis is my face that says I’m quite pleased. I did not line the jacket, because I wanted to get my head around this version first. Next time I might line it to hide the pockets on the inside. You don’t see the inside of the pockets when I wear the jacket though, so for me it’s not that big of a deal.
overal shot 2
Floral Rigel BomberI’m still searching for good outfits with this jacket. It was one of those makes that I really want to make and then when it’s finished I keep thinking: hm, I don’t really know how to combine this piece…
The fact that I don’t wear pants isn’t helping either.

detail logo detail bandinzet detail welt pocketThe construction of this jacket was very straight forward. Even the welt pockets were easy peasy. I was really scared, but the instructions are very clear and if you follow them, it can’t go wrong.
The instructions provided to attach the ribbing to the bottom of the jacket are also quite nifty. Such a neat corner. I was very impressed with the way the pieces fit together!
I worked on my bomber in a couple sessions, but it doesn’t take too much time to put one together.
The only thing I’d change next time is maybe shorten the bodice (I’m short) and lenghten the sleeves. I picked a size S, but I feel like the sleeves are a little too short on me. I’m a long armed dwarf. That might be possible 🙂

floral rigel bomberRigel bomber: check! I’m very pleased, even though it’s far out of my comfort zone to wear bomber jackets! That’s the freedom of sewing, you get to explore every shape and every fabric and you learn a lot from doing so!
Did you ever made something outside of your style comfort zone? Was it a hit or a miss when finished?


Also, check back on this page next Tuesday! Today I had a meeting with Caroline and we are planning something rather exciting! (or so we think) It will be mainly for people blogging/sewing in the Netherlands or Belgium, but everyone else gets to join in on the fun as well! Some bloggers might know what we are talking about, but please keep it quiet for one more week!

  • belgianseams

    oh now I am very very intrigued 🙂 The jacket is so cool and I think it looks great with the skirt. I know what you mean though about making things and then not really knowing what to wear them with!

    • Thanks for the compliment! I think our secret project is something you’d like!

  • I just finished my first one and I love it! I did line mine, the lazy way: cut all the pattern pieces again in lining fabric, sewed up the pockets and main seams separately and then basted the shell and jacket together at the collar, hem and sleeves before adding the ribbing and facing. This way you don’t have to fiddle with attaching the lining to the ribbing and you can catchstitch the facing to the lining for a neat finish.

    Yours looks awesome, and not too short at all! Maybe with a narrower skirt silhouette?

    • *not too long. Woops.

      • I thought about the lining as well, but I didn’t had any appropriate fabric in my stash (I know, I was surprised too) and I wanted to wear it, so that’s why :-)) Thanks for the compliments! I’ll try the narrower skirt!

  • oh this is perfect, I love the contrast of a fairly boxy jacket with such pretty fabric!

    • Thank you so much! I loved the idea of this floral soft fabric, it gives a feminine touch that I need in my clothes!

  • Wow, it’s so pretty! it looks good with this skirt, so that’s one outfit already 😉 seriously, find or sew more things this bomber goes with, it deserves to be worn often!

    • Gosh, thanks! I’ll try to find more options 🙂 (maybe I’ll document them and have all of you vote!)

  • It looks great! I really love it, it fits nicelyAnd I’m very curieus with what the two of you came up with 🙂 I’m sure it will be great 🙂

  • I am also curious what you two are conspiring about.
    This jacket is awesome. Especially the fabric. It reminds me of oilily. I agree with the other comments. Maybe a pair of shorts would look good, like the ones from deer and doe.

    • Thanks for the short idea! We’ll unveil the secret a little later on!

  • Liz

    It’s beautiful! That fabric is Devine! I feel the same about my jacket, I love it but it doesn’t fit neatly into my wardrobe. I’d like to make another version and heighten the neckline and slim down the sides and line it. In the right fabric maybe it will be something that fits better into my usual clothes. Regardless our floral bombers are awesome! 🙂

    • I was thinking about those adjustments too. But for now I’ll try to find as many outfits with this jackets as possible!

  • Jo

    Wow!! How did I not see this before now?? It’s wonderful! That fabric is perfect, and I think it looks great on you too. Maybe like Anneke says you might feel like it goes better with a narrower skirt. But I like it with this one too! I’ve got this pattern and just need the time to get making it – so many inspiring versions out there!

    • Thanks Jo! I’m really curious for your version (will it be the plaid/floral mash-up? I hope so!)

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