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You can do it! Thanks to clear, step-by-step instructions, even creative beginners can sew this season’s trendiest jacket for themselves. Follow this sewing lesson to make our Bomber Jacket pattern that debuted in our Must Haves pattern collection from the April 2017 issue of BurdaStyle Magazine. Check out all the great diagrams to help you sew this on-trend jacket.

Refer to the pattern’s store page here for specific fabric yardage and notion requirements. Also remember to add seam allowance (you can either add to the paper pattern before cutting or to the fabric around the pattern… see below), further info and amounts can be found in the instructions PDF after purchase.

Fabrics
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Step 1: CUT PIECES FROM FABRIC I AND FABRIC II
Fold fabrics I and II each lengthwise, right side facing in – the selvages lie one on top of the other. Pin pattern pieces to both fabrics as shown in the cutting layouts. Pin piece 3 to the fabric, on a fold. Draw seam allowances, with the help of a ruler and tailor’s chalk: 1.5 cm (5/8") at all seams and edges. Draw the measured pieces (a and b) directly on fabric II, with tailor’s chalk. Cut out fabric pieces along marked lines.

Step 2: CUT PIECES FROM KNIT RIBBING (FABRIC III)
The rib knit fabric is tubular so it has two fold edges. Pin piece 7 to the fabric, on a fold. Draw seam allowances, with the help of a ruler and tailor’s chalk: 1.5 cm (5/8"). Draw the measured pieces c, d, and e directly on the rib knit fabric, with tailor’s chalk, as illustrated. Cut out fabric pieces along marked lines.

Step 3: INTERFACING
Fold interfacing in half lengthwise, adhesive side facing in. Pin pattern piece 6 in place. Add 1.5 cm (5/8") wide seam allowances to edges. Draw pieces a and b on interfacing. Iron interfacing pieces to wrong sides of fabric pieces. In addition, for the pocket openings, cut two strips of inter-facing, each 3 cm (1¼") wide and 18 cm (7") long. Iron these two strips of interfacing to the wrong sides of the front pieces, over the marked welt attachment lines.

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Step 4: TRANSFER PATTERN MARKINGS TO THE FABRIC
Lay pieces with interfacing together again, right sides facing. Pin paper pattern pieces to these fabric pieces. On all fabric pieces, use dress-maker’s carbon paper and a tracing wheel to transfer the pattern outlines (seam and hem lines) and all other pattern markings to the wrong side of the fabric. Follow the instructions included with the carbon paper. On front pieces, hand baste along welt attachment lines to make these lines visible on the right side of the fabric.

Step 5: SLASHED POCKETS WITH WELTS
Fold each welt piece (a) in half lengthwise, right side facing in. Stitch narrow edges closed. Trim seam allowances. Turn welts right side out and press. On the right fabric side of each jacket front piece, mark an auxiliary line, 2 cm (¾") before the marked welt attachment line. Pin each welt to a jacket front, with fold edge at marked auxiliary line.

Step 6:STITCH WELTS AND POCKET PIECES IN PLACE
Pin each small pocket piece to jacket front, over welt. Stitch welt and pocket piece in place, along marked attachment line. Fold seam allowances forward and pin in place. At attachment line on each larger pocket piece, trim allowance to 1 cm (3/8") wide. Pin this pocket piece in place so that the straight edge meets the welt attachment seam. Stitch in place, 1 cm (3/8") from edge, with seam 0.5 cm (3/16") shorter than welt attachment seam at each end. Tie-off end of seam.

Step 7: SLASH JACKET FRONTS
Slash each jacket front between stitching lines, ending slash 1 cm (3/8") before ends of welt attachment seams, then clip diagonally from ends of slash to ends of stitching. Turn pocket pieces to inside, through slash. Turn welt toward side edge and baste to jacket front.

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Step 8: STITCH POCKET EDGES TOGETHER
Fold small fabric triangles on ends of slash to inside. Pin pocket pieces together and stitch edges together, stitching across triangles. Finish edges of seam allowances together. Baste pocket to front and lower edges of jacket. Edgestitch narrow welt edges in place.

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Step 9: SIDE SEAMS, LOWER SLEEVE SEAMS
Lay jacket fronts on jacket back, right sides facing. Pin side seams then stitch side seams. Lay each front sleeve piece on a back sleeve piece, right sides facing. Pin lower sleeve seams, matching seam numbers (3). Stitch seams as pinned. At each seam, fi nish edges of allowances together and press allowances to one side.

Step 10: ATTACH SLEEVES
Pin each sleeve to armhole edge, right sides facing. Side seam and lower sleeve seam must match. The seam marks (5) on sleeve front and jacket front must match. Stitch sleeve in place. Trim seam allowances to 7 mm (¼") wide, finish edges of allowances together, and press allowances toward sleeve, from each upper edge to beginning of underarm curve.

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Step 11: UPPER SLEEVE SEAMS
Lay jacket fronts on jacket back, right sides facing, laying sleeve pieces together. Pin upper sleeve seams, matching seam numbers (2). Stitch seams as pinned. Trim seam allowances to 7 mm (¼") wide, fi nish edges of allowances together, and press allowances toward back sleeve pieces.

Step 12: SLEEVE BANDS
Stitch ends of each sleeve band together, to form a ring. Smooth seam open. Fold sleeve band to half width, wrong side facing in. Pin open edges together to lower edge of sleeve, matching sleeve band seam to lower sleeve seam. Stretch sleeve band to match sleeve and stitch in place. Finish edges of seam allowances together. Turn sleeve band down.

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Step 13: HEM BAND, FRONT HEM BAND PIECES
Stitch side seams on hem band. Smooth seams open. Stitch front hem band pieces to front edges of hem band, right sides facing. Press seam allowances toward front hem band pieces. Top-stitch front hem band pieces, 7 mm (¼") from seams. Fold hem band in half lengthwise, wrong side facing in. Pin open edges together.

Step 14: ATTACH HEM BAND
Mark centre of hem band and centre of jacket back, each with a straight pin. Pin hem band to lower edge of jacket, right sides facing, stretching hem band as needed. Side seams and markings on hem band and jacket must match. Stitch hem band to jacket. Finish edges of seam allowances together. Turn hem band down.

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Step 15: ATTACH FRONT BANDS AND COLLAR
Pin front bands to front edges of jacket, right sides facing, matching seam numbers (6). The lower edges of front bands extend by width of seam allowance. Stitch front bands in place. Press bands forward, over attachment seams. Fold collar in half lengthwise, wrong side facing in. Pin edges together. Pin collar to neck edge of jacket, stretched to match (seam num-bers 7). Centres must match. Seam marks must meet upper sleeve seams. Stitch collar in place.

Step 16: UPPER AND LOWER BAND EDGES
On each front band, press allowance on long edge to wrong side. Fold front band to outside, on marked fold line. Stitch upper and lower edges closed. Trim seam allowances, trimming diagonally across corners. Finish edges of allowances at collar attachment seam. Turn front bands right side out and press. Baste inner band edges to attachment seams. Working from outer side, stitch along attachment seams. Topstitch 7 mm (¼") from all edges of front bands.

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Step 17: SNAP FASTENERS
The x’s for snap fasteners marked on pattern piece 6 apply only for size 34 (except the lower four). For the remaining sizes, move the two upper x’s up and space the remaining x’s evenly apart. Pin piece 6 to each front band and mark x’s with straight pins, then with pencil. Attach snaps as marked, attaching upper snap halves to right front band. Attach the last two upper snap halves to centres of welts and the matching lower snap halves to jacket fronts.

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This jacket is so versatile and we love it paired with a vibrant pair of pants like these and a simple tank like our silk one here. What makes this jacket pop is the bright fabric used, so bring that color into your accessories to bring the entire outfit together.

Want more sewing lessons? Check out our last one here on our Off The Shoulder Blouse.

2 Comments

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    May 2, 2017, 06.20 PMby nrobson

    So do I, looks cool this style :)

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    May 2, 2017, 04.14 PMby Chiomzie Chifrost

    I really need to attempt a bomber jacket one of these days

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