Saturday, December 14, 2013

Rigel Bomber - Last Construction Details

Last Friday, I posted about starting my Rigel Bomber jacket and on Sunday I posted about the welt pockets.

I asked Meg from Mood for advice on how to line this jacket and she referred me to her blog post and suggested to flatline the jacket.  That was a perfect suggestion and I used this Mood Fabrics' blue and black silk print

Here is the inside of the jacket.

 I had purchased bias tape to finish the seams. After some experimenting and taking into consideration this Papercut Pattern has 1 cm (3/8") seam allowances, I went with a 3-thread serged seam finish.

For the ribbing portions of this jacket, I purchased Antique Dark Blue Solid Ribbing on Mood Fabrics' Black Friday sale.  It arrived this past Tuesday, perfect timing for my jacket.

This ribbing has a vintage feel and I love how it looks with the wool denim but it doesn't have lycra and not much recovery.  With this is mind, I had to make some modifications to the pattern pieces for this ribbing.  I cut all the pieces a smaller and this helped to compensate for the lack of recovery.

I still wasn't happy with the bottom of the jacket, it needed some weight  and the ribbing was a bit loose.  On the way home from work, I had  that ah-ha moment and remembered Meg's use of elastic in the bottom ribbing of her bomber jacket.

I stitched a seam in the middle of my bottom band and has two casings for elastic and then I inserted two pieces of elastic as shown below.

Here is the bottom band with the elastic fully inserted

One last detail was the facing, I used my trusty clean finish technique

One more thing, I ordered the zipper for this jacket from Zipper Shipper and they will cut it to the size you need.


  1. Love the ribbing detail! Can't wait to see the finished jacket

  2. Very interesting construction details.

  3. Anonymous12:57 PM

    Ooh, what a great idea to add elastic to the ribbing! So smart! I can't wait to see the finished jacket!!!!!