Recently, I have been writing about filling my wardrobe with comfortable and put-together tops. Of course, my spring wardrobe would not be complete if I did not include some jackets to wear until we have some consistently warm days. So, let me introduce you to the cozy and stylish Midway Bomber Jacket. I was so excited to test this pattern for Greenstyle Creations. Angelyn drafted an awesome pattern that has such clearly written instructions for each step. The jacket is designed for a knit fabric with at least 50% stretch and has an optional lining and welt pockets. The jacket gives plenty of room to move and be comfortable, and yet, it still is slim and flattering. If you like a roomier jacket or are using fabric with less stretch, I would suggest to size up from your regular measurements.
My first jacket was made out of scuba that I picked up on a remnant table at Wherehouse Fabrics in Dallas. The cuffs and neckband are made from heavy supplex from Zenith and Quasar. Instead of lining, I created a facing for the zipper, which helped me hand tack my pockets down to keep them from peaking out when worn unzipped. All my jackets were an XXS with one inch taken out of the bodice for my usual height adjustment, and 2 inches taken out of the sleeves. There is a clearly marked lengthen/shorten line that takes the guess work out of making height adjustments. Since I took an inch out of the bodice, I used 18 inch zippers on all my jackets.
The day we took photos was a pretty windy day so it was quite interesting trying to keep my hair in place. The top that I wore under my bomber jacket is a Toaster Sweater 2 from Sew House 7. It is a rather short top because I made no height adjustments for my 5"2' self, and yet it shows belly when I raise my arms and has pretty high side vents. My husband loves the top, but it is still growing on me.
The next Midway Bomber Jacket that I made is in an olive double brushed poly. I lined it with the same fabric as on the outside. This one took the longest to make because welt pockets on an unstable brushed poly is an exercise in patience. My jackets that were made out of scuba (which was recommended on the pattern) were such a breeze to make. The brushed poly, however, may have been worth it because it is so soft and makes a wonderful light jacket. I think this one will also work good for running or the gym.
The Midway Bomber Jacket has an optional stripe down the sleeve that looks great with color blocking. The sleeve on the jacket is a two-piece sleeve, which gives the sleeve such a great shape.
My last, but maybe most favorite jacket, is made with a floral scuba from Joann. It just screams Spring, and I can be such a sucker for a good floral.
Thanks for reading my review of the Midway Bomber Jacket. You can grab your copy of the pdf pattern here. I hope that you also enjoy sewing yourself a Midway Bomber Jacket!
Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson of Capture, Craft, and Cook
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