Have you see H’s quilted Liberty bomber yet? It’s the ‘Rigel Bomber’ from New Zealand based pattern company Papercut. I wanted to try the pattern out for myself so when Aaron mentioned he’d like a bomber, I thought I’d try and alter it to fit a man.
I lengthened the pattern by a few inches and added a couple of inches across the chest and back. I also brought the neckline up slightly to make it less of a v-neck than the original Rigel. It worked quite well although I think the raglan sleeve armholes should have been lengthened – I underestimated how much larger men’s shoulders are!
The fabric I used is House of Hackney silk that I got at a recent sample sale. This palm print is one of my favourites! As it was so cheap I thought I’d go all out and line it in the same.I also bought the black ribbing at the sample sale, it’s quite hard to track down usually but I’ve been told Cloth House have some. I used a white and gold metal zip for an extra blingy touch.
It can almost all be machine sewn, with just the last few gaps used to turn the jacket the right way around and the tab around the zip slip-stitched down by hand. The pattern is honestly surprisingly easy!
Pretty sure Aaron loves his jacket, even if it is a little wild. I’m making myself a matching House of Hackney silk bomber which will be finished soon – I think Spring might be silk bomber season!