How are you??? I hope you had a great weekend because I definitely did. I had friends in town visiting and we traipsed all around LA:) One had not been to LA before so we took a tour of Hollywood and I used the opportunity to have a mini photo shoot (thanks ChaCha!)
I think I hinted at this jacket before but I could be wrong. I actually finished it over a week ago but because it was overcast and rainy last Sunday, I couldn’t take proper photos wearing it.
I made this jacket with some Vlisco ankara. Vlisco is one of the top quality brands of wax print fabric. It took me a while (read years) to cut into this fabric because I already had so much other fabric, and I wanted to make the right garment with it. So, three weeks ago, it came to me – *lightbulb* make a cropped bomber jacket. The zipper is a black and white patterned Riri zipper cut to a custom length from Pacific Trimming.
I had a basic motorcycle jacket pattern and modified that so this is more of a motorcycle/bomber jacket hybrid.
I redrafted the pattern with an asymmetrical front and zipper, shortened the sleeves, created a ribbed collar, added an inverted V to the back. It’s fully lined with an interior button to keep everything in place. The lining has a small pleat in the back since jacket linings usually have a bit more room than the shell.
But of course it couldn’t be just any old jacket – I had to add some fun and experiment a bit – and experiment I did. With some embroidery, quilting and cutouts.
This was my first time quilting a garment and it was an interesting process. At first I planned to use some batting I had but I washed it first to see how it would handle being laundered. This happened.
So I bought some lightweight fleece that laundered very nicely and stayed super soft. Good thing I like to test materials.
I sewed the embroidery then marked the quilting lines, avoiding the seam allowance but making sure the stitches would line up when sewn. I later decided to shorten the sleeve even more which complicated things a bit but the new length worked better so it was worth it.
Here’s more of the jacket in action:
Don’t mind me – I was feeling myself because ChaCha took her picture taking seriously – circling around me like she was Nigel Barker:) But as you can see, I love this jacket – it’s perfect for LA weather – lightweight, fun and still functional 😉
Have a blessed week!!!!