Yes, yes we are a little bomber crazy at the moment but I promise this is the last one. For now. I scooped up this palm print cotton at a House of Hackney sample sale last year and this bomber was started months ago. It went through quite a few revisions along the way and although I’m not 100% happy with it still, I was definitely done with unpicking.
My first bomber was this quilted number using the Papercut Rigel pattern and there were some changes in shape that I drastically wanted to make so I used this as a base to redraft a new one for me. I added in 2 inches across the back (not needed necessarily, but made a more relaxed fit). I prefer a higher neckline on bombers, over the Rigel’s dipped v-neck shape so I lengthened this up. I also lengthened the arms as I think quite a few people found that the Rigel came up short.
As before, I also added a full lining. This one is silky smoooth.
The zip was an absolute nightmare on this, mostly my fault. First I had attached a longer, metal zip, but it was definitely too heavy for this lightweight cotton and was pulling it down in an awkward hang so I unpicked it all. The only plastic zip I had was much shorter, so I unpicked the waist ribbing (nightmare), hacked off a few inches, reattached the ribbing and then my new, plastic zip.
It was definitely worth it! I have worn this bomber so many times and the lighter zip means it doesn’t sit awkwardly if it’s open. I had some hacking mishaps as I was eagerly cutting away which resulted in a few little cover ups, but by that point I just wanted to get it done so did some speedy quick fixes.
I have one regret with this: I skipped on the welt pockets. I wanted to finish this up as quickly as possible after all my unpicking but I actually think bombers look so much better with pockets.. and they’re useful. I could go back and add some in, we will see!
I’m really pleased with the finished bomber. It scrunches up so small to pop in my bag and then pull out when it gets a bit cooler in the evenings. It has had so many outings, so many compliments and makes me pretty happy as far as bombers go.