I am so so happy to share this project with you! It has been a long time in the making, moving house in the middle and packing up all sewing supplies slowed me down for sure, but it is finally finished. I have seen so many pretty Rigel bombers out there (how nice is this one?) and the reviews have all been great. They’re packaged beautifully and come on a huge brown paper printout. This was my first time using a Papercut pattern and I will definitely be trying more, most likely the Anima pants and the Saiph tunic. Has anyone tried out any they would recommend?
I have had this Liberty print stashed away for a couple of months and knew it would be perfect for this project. It’s a bit stronger and more masculine than some of the other Liberty prints so great for this chunky bomber.
I did a lot of hunting for tips for making a quilted bomber using this pattern and I couldn’t find any out there, so I just made this up as I went along. I cut all of my pieces first, then pinned each piece to some thin cotton batting (left over from a quilt) and cut around them. I drew 2 lines at 45 degrees on to each piece and then quilted using a walking foot and a line guide at 1 inch.
Tana lawn is very lightweight and the batting added quite a lot of bulk, making it a bit stiff. This is definitely softening up the more I wear it, but I think in the future I would use slightly less thick batting. That said, it is very, very toasty…
To make the lining I just cut the main pattern pieces again and then sewed these in when the instructions told me to sew in the facing. I messed up a little and didn’t cut it quite long enough either side of the zip, which is why you can see a little patch up job here. Think I just about got away with it.
This was my first time sewing a welt pocket and it turned out pretty nice!
In my next bomber I’ll make the pocket bag a bit deeper and the arms a bit longer. I’ve seen the arm length mentioned on a lot of Rigel reviews and this would allow me to shorten the cuff a bit which I think I would prefer. I’m also going to try squaring off the collar and having a zip the full length of the front on my next one, will share when it is done!
Off for some birthday celebrations tonight, super excited. Have a great day!