Monday, April 21, 2014

Zebra Harem Bomber Jacket

This jacket was inspired by the stylish version of Sophie at Cirque Du Bebe's bomber jacket. After seeing Sophie's gorgeous version of the bomber I thought I'd better sew myself one.

The fabric is from the Fabric Store in Fitzroy.  I don't shop there often because it's on the other side of town  but worth the trip as the shop has some really nice fabrics. This fabric is a print with lots of little zebras.  I'm not sure of the composition exactly but it's a medium weight woven with a little bit of elastane in it.  I only bought 1 meter thinking that I would make a little skirt but as usual it was folded away and forgotten about until I started thinking about the bomber. I thought it would pretty funky in a bomber.

The pattern is from Burdastyle Magazine Feb 2013. They call it a "blouson jacket" which sounds more posh than a bomber.  The pattern requires exactly 1 meter of fabric so it's perfect for any off cuts you might have. It's also lined so I bought a satin lining in a gold colour to add a bit of glamour to my zebra's.

When I first looked at the pattern I thought this will be quick and easy but it was probably a little bit more involved than I thought when it came to the lining. Not that it was difficult but definitely hard to understand the directions in the magazine so if you don't have a lot of experience following patterns or sewing it might prove to be challenging.

I chose a metal open end zip as I think this adds a bit more style than just the plastic zips.

I'm really happy with this jacket and I'm sure I'll get plenty of wear out of it now it's cooling off here in Melbourne. Easy to slip on over a tee with some jeans or even dress it up with a nice dress underneath.

Recommend the pattern but for intermediate sewers.


  1. This pattern is on my list. What fabric did you use for the bands and the collar? Your version is great!

    1. Hi, Sorry I probably should have mentioned that. I used just a regular banding which you normally use for what we call "windcheaters" in Australia. If I were to sew it again I'd probably get a little heavier weight banding as it's probably not as tight as I'd like it.

  2. Love your jacket! And that fabric is fantastic!

  3. What amazing fabric, very cool made up in the bomber jacket!

  4. I like your jacket, great fabric. Your band as you noted is not as wide as depicted on the model; no matter your version looks good with narrower band.

  5. Awesome jacket! A bomber jacket is so also on my list of things to make, I've got the same pattern Sophie used sitting around waiting for the perfect fabric.

  6. Fantastic bomber! I love your choice of colours. Looks fabulous on you.

  7. Awesome jacket! They should use yours for the pattern photo your choice in fabrics is way better!! Very cool :)