Floral Knit Bomber Jacket Hack
Okay. I totally dropped the ball, got my dates mixed up, and was suppose to have this post ready a week ago! But It’s ready now and I’m stoked and ready to share my bomber jacket hack!
A little over 6 months ago, I saw this amazing knit and had to find it. Turns out, Raspberry Creek Fabrics ran it as part of their 2017 Spring Club fabrics and by the time I saw it, the print was already retired.
But everyone kept asking for it, so they made one last run. And I indulged and bought it both French Terry and Cotton Lycra. I had no plans for the fabric. But I generally don’t love floral prints, yet I LOVE this one.
Then, I saw someone at the park wearing an awesome floral bomber jacket with raglan sleeves. And even though I live in endless summer, I was inspired to use my beautiful floral french terry for my own bomber jacket. Which is why I included a bomber jacket in my #makenine2018!
Instead of buying a pattern for a bomber jacket, I decided to mash two of my favorite patterns from New Horizon Designs and create my own bomber jacket hack. Using an actual pattern would have given me a more authentic look, but I am super happy with my version.
I started with the TAMI Revolution Hoodie and mashed it with the Summit Peak Hoodie to get pockets in the princess seams-similar to a bomber jacket. Because I wanted a more relaxed fit, I still haven’t printed out the updated TAMI Revolution Hoodie, and I’m lazy, I used the original version of the TAMI. (Click Here, Here, Here, Here, Here and Here to see other things I’ve made with the TAMI and Summit Peak Hoodies) It was already traced and I’ve made it several times so I felt confident I would get what I’d want. Now the Summit Peak Hoodie is only in kid sizes, but I find I can sometimes get away with making a size 16 since I’m on the smaller side of the chart and I’m not very busty. I just could not wait any longer for Terra to make a women’s version of the Summit!
To mash the two patterns, lay the TAMI pattern over the Summit front bodice and trace the princess seam onto the pattern piece. Then lay the same pattern piece over the princess seam part of the Summit and extend the princess seam past the pattern slightly. It’s a bit of fudging–I mean artistic eyeing at this point. Then cut the pattern piece into two pieces along that princess seam line.
Then cut the fabric, adding 3/8″ along the princess seam on both of the front bodice pattern pieces-the ones you just made. After that, follow the instructions for assembling the Summit Peak Hoodie, until it gets to the hoodie. And cut the bottom band and cuff pieces according to the TAMI Revolution Hoodie pattern. For the collar, we go a little rogue. First, measure the neckline and multiply it by 85%. Cut out a rectangle 4 inches by the calculated length, then folded in half like a hot dog, and again like a hamburger. You end up with four layers of neckband. Then curve the corner with no edges. You should probably look at my picture to see the shape because I’m having a really hard time describing it.
Before putting the collar on the jacket, baste the raw edges of the collar together and attach the zipper to the main jacket. Then mark the spot on the collar where the curve ends on each side and the center of those marks. The marks on each end match up with the front sleeve seams on the neckline and the center of the neckband matches up with the center back.
The zipper should be laying so the zipper tape is along the center front-like when you install the zipper. Pin the collar with the point of the each end of the collar just touching center front. Then tuck the corner under the zipper, snipping off the end just a little to make it fit better. Then serge the collar on just like a regular neckband.
After the neckband is on, fold the serging to the inside of the jacket, then flip the zipper out and topstitch all along the zipper and neckband.
And Viola! You have a bomber inspired knit jacket! I really like mine’s slim fit, but if you want a more relaxed fit you can either size up or hack a bit further and take out the curve of the side seams by drawing a straight line from the under arm to the hem.
One more note-I ended up taking off about 2 more inches in length to fit my zipper and I think this made a perfect length for me. So stinking happy. And so stinking bummed that I may not get to wear this knit floral bomber jacket for real until next December since we are already in 80 degree weather!
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