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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hello all and Happy Mother's Day!  I wanted to share with you my latest make: the Bobbi Bomber by StyleArc.

Is this fun or what?  

Our wonderful bomber features a zip front, panelled raglan sleeves, rib bands and pockets
I love how SA has elevated a regular bomber into something super with the little details.  

Here's example one: Welt pockets.  

Example 2: Zippered pocket on the sleeve.  

Of course I wanted to make my zipper with a contrasting color, even if it is an invisible zipper.  I choose lavender since that is the same color as my lining.  I even made the zipper guards a lavender color.

Here you can see that contrasting zipper band down the front.  

Did I mention the sleeve bands are simply the reverse of the main fabric?  I had such a hard time deciding on silver or black!  I decided to incorporate both.

This is a designer satin made by Thakoon.  I purchased it from Fabric Mart.  I love it!  The lining is from FM as well.  The black ribbing is from my stash along with the zippers.

I added a few steps to the pattern.  Here they are: 
1.  Added interfacing to the welt pockets on the main fabric.  Since this is a satin, I didn't want it to stretch out of shape.  That would have looked really funky and with the effort that went into this, I decided to error on the side of caution.  
2.  Handbasting the zipper in place.  Again, this was due to the satin fabric I used.  
3.  Using bias tape in place of the zipper guards.  I was about done with the satin by the time I got to the zippers.  Handbasting kept my sanity.  

I hope you will try a fabric you normally shy away from.  I used to sew satin bride's maid gowns all the time--about 25 years ago.  I feel like I am learning to use this wonderful fabric all over again.  This won't be the last time I use it!  

Thanks for reading!


  1. Love your jacket! I went through your post several times trying to determine what fabric you used (love the fit and drape!) but you never mention it - did you use a knit or woven? the fiber content? :) Your choice of lavender for the zip and lining was inspired!

  2. Such a cute little jacket. Love your fabric choices, especially the purple lining - fun!

  3. Hi Kathleen. This is a satin. I believe it is 100%poly.

  4. Great jacket, and it looks terrific on you. I love all the little details.