How to Make Bomber Jacket




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Step 1: List of Supplies and Links

-LINK to Buy Sewing machine Singer 4423

-LINK to Buy Jacket Zipper:

-LINK to Buy Bias tape folder attachment: -Link to Buy French Curve Set:

-LINK to Buy Hang Free Anti-Static Polyester Lining Black Fabric:


-LINK to Buy Presser Feet:

Step 2: Video Tutorial

Step 3: Making the Pattern

We are using a basic t-shirt for the pattern. Cut your t-shirt up the sides. We recommend using a tshirt with side seams.

-Cut the side seam, arms, shoulders, and neckline (cut neckline off as close as possible to the ribbing)

-You will end up with 3 panels. Front, back, and arms

-The main difference between the front and back panels is the neckline. The front will have a deeper curve towards the chest.

-We recommend using one size bigger tshirt then what you intend to have for your end result. We used a large shirt and ended up with a medium jacket. If you only have one size and want to make that size. Just add extra seam allowance.

Step 4: Tracing Pattern

Take your front panel. Fold it in half and place it on the fold of your jacket fabric. Trace around the panel. We recommend using a French curve to help make accurate curves around the neckline and arm holes.

Step 5: Cut Middle Front

Cut down the middle of the front panel. Use a ruler to help find the exact center.

Step 6: Back Panel

Trace and cut the back panel. Keep in mind the neckline. The neckline for the back panel will not be as deep.

Step 7: Shoulder Cut

Take the back panel and cut a even line across the back shoulder blade area. The cut will be just above the middle of the arm holes.

Step 8: Trace/cut Arms

Take the sleeve pattern and trace the back edge onto the fabric.

-Trace past the to end edges. This will give you more arm pit room in the end.

-Measure from your shoulder down to your wrist. Take this measurement and use it for the length of your sleeve. Trace down from the center of your sleeve pattern.

-Measure around your wrist to get the width of the sleeve. You will want to add about 4- 5 inches so your hand can slide through the sleeve hole easily.

-Take your straight edge and connect the top end points and the bottom end points.

Step 9: Adding Pockets

Cut out 4 8X8 squares (2 of each fabric. The lining and the outer layer)

-Place right sides together. One outer layer and one lining.

-Sew around the outside of the square leaving a opening to pull the right sides out.

-Pull right sides out and top stitch around the edge closing off the opening.

-Line up the pocket on the bottom portion of the front panel and pin in place. Stitch around the sides and bottoms locking the pocket in place. Make sure you double tack the tops and corners for extra strength.

Step 10: Back Shoulder Panel

Take the back shoulder panel. Place right sides together and sew across.

-Flip over and top stitch.

Step 11: Trace/cut Lining

Take outer layer panels and trace them onto the lining fabric. This will keep the lining the same size as the outer layer.

-Cut down the center of the front panel just like you did for the outer layer.

-Do not cut the shoulder blade seam on the lining. Keep back panel as a whole.

-Trace your arm on to fabric and cut.

Step 12: Assembling Outer Shell

Take your front panels and back panel. Place right sides together and sew the shoulders.

-Flip over and topstitch.

-Take arm and place the right sides together. Sew from the middle out. This will help keep the arm centered. Flip over and topstitch. Repeat this step for the other arm.

-Flip the shell inside out. Sew from the arm pit out. Arm pit to bottom them arm pit to sleeve hole. This will create the side seam. Flip right sides out and topstitch just the bottom half of the side seam. repeat this process for the other side.

Step 13: Assembling Lining

The lining is assembled the same as the outside shell without topstitching

-Flip over and topstitch.

-Take arm and place the right sides together. Sew from the middle out. Repeat this step for the other arm.

-Flip the shell inside out. Sew from the arm pit out. Arm pit to bottom them arm pit to sleeve hole. This will create the side seam. Repeat this process for the other side.

Step 14: Neckline and Waist Ribbing

Measure the top neckline and bottom waistline.

-Cut the neckline with as a rectangle with a arch at the end. You will want to cut the ribbing about 4-5 inches smaller then your actual measurement. This will allow for a nice stretch.

-Cut the bottom waist ribbing as a rectangle. Keep in mind you will be folding the ribbing in half so make the width twice as wide.

Step 15: Finishing Bottom Ribbing

Cut out a square the same width as the waistline ribbing.
-Place right sides together and sew.

-Flip over and top stitch.

-Take fold in half with right sides together and sew up the side.

-Flip right sides out and top stitch just the edge.

Step 16: Sewing in Neckline

Take neckline and do a loose stitch to hold together.

-Take your outer shell and lining place right sides together.

-Sandwich the neckline in between the outer shell and lining. You will need to stretch the neckline from one end to the other. Pin at each end and middle.

-Sew from left to right.

-Flip right sides out and topstitch.

Step 17: Sealing Off Front Panel

Take the front panel and place the right sides together.

-Sew down the middle.

-Flip right sides out and topstitch the edge.

-Repeat this process for the other side.

Step 18: Adding Waistline Ribbing

Take your waistline ribbing place right sides together.

-Stretch across bottom pin ends and middle.

-Sew across bottom.

-Flip over and topstitch.

Step 19: Creating Cuffs

Cut our rectangles. Make Sure they are about 1-2 inches smaller then the width of the armhole opening.

-Place right sides together and sew.

-Fold right sides out and place on your wrist to make fitting is correct.

Step 20: Installing Cuff

Fold the sleeves inside out.

-Place the inside the sleeve with right sides together.

-Sew around the cuff.

-Flip right sides out and topstitch.

Step 21: Adding Zipper

Take your zipper and place right side on opposite side of one front panel. We recommend using a zipper foot and finding a zipper that is the exact length as your front opening. This will help with the lining up of your front panels.

-Sew down one side locking on half of the zipper. The zipper we used is shorter then the front opening. We decided to close the bottom off a different way. For beginners we recommend using the exact length zipper.

-Do the same process to the other side. Pin and zip to make sure the front panels are lined up before you stared sewing.

-Roll over the zipper and topstitch both sides.

-Zip up and your custom bomber jacket is complete!!

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    2 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Very cool jacket! Great pictures, nice job!

    Uncle Kudzu

    1 year ago

    I dig the hats that I've seen from y'all and this jacket is a winner, too. Excellent i'bles and video instructions. Good Stuff all around!