PROJECT: Bomber jacket from fabric to finished
I've been making jackets since 2011 (Read the story) but have only recently considered the possibility of combining my drawing with my sewing and making bigger projects. This bomber jacket project was born from a small sketch in my sketch book, the idea for which came from a my song I'munna Speak Your Language.
Here is a brief step-by-step guide to how I completed the finished bomber jacket. Join my mailing list to hear about similar projects, items for sale or paper pattern to print and make yourself in the future.
A few weeks ago I drew this picture of flowers, leaves and tongues in my sketch book, it's a loose reference to my song I'munna Speak Your Language (Speaking in tongues). I was into it, but I ran out of space, so I drew some more on a different page and went to scan them at my local Ksero.
I spent flippin' ages figuring out how to make repeat patterns inside Adobe Illustrator, took all of my pages of flower drawings, coloured them and blended them seamlessly together. Imagine how dangerous I'd be if I really learned how to use the computer software I have.
A week ago, a huge piece of fabric arrived in the mail with my pattern all over it. I kinda wish the blacks were more black and the purples more purple, but it was a huge thrill to see my design all over an actual piece of fabric.
Could I have taken a worse photograph? It's difficult to be sure, but I think probably no.
I redrew my paper pattern into Adobe Illustrator so that I could resize it and print it neatly. It's amazing how much easier and more satisfying it is when all the pattern pieces match up perfectly (I've done a lot of guessing in the past!).
I didn't want to waste that inch on the right, but it was necessary to get a nice neat centre line.
Here is the finished jacket, complete with blue quilted lining, ribbed polyester collar, cuffs and waistband and three pockets. It almost suitable for a Polish winter.
Iga reckons she's not a good model and I'm like whatever.