I love a good bomber jacket! It’s one of my favourite things to wear. I sport them with short dresses, long dresses, jeans, heels, sneakers. The list goes on! So I thought I’d whip up something that looks a tad different from the others out there:

Pattern & Construction:

I used McCalls M7100 to make this bomber jacket with a few minor alterations. I recommend creating a test version first to get the sizing of the collar band, wrist band and waist band correct. In my opinion, they could all be lengthened by an inch or two but you’d only really know this to be true once it’s all done. Also – the next time I make it, I’ll probably do a top-stitch all the way around the collar band.

  • Cut size 4
  • Used a 22″ zipper instead of a 20″
  • Extended the length by 5 1/2″
  • Left out the bottom bands
  • Lengthened the collar band by 2″
  • Added a lining.



Upholstery: I was on a hunt to keep cost low and it turns out, the upholstery section has some stellar options for great pricing! This material is a polyester-rayon-cotton-linen mix, retailing at $12 per metre from Fabricland. But! I got it for $3.00/m x 2.


Organza: I know, I’m still a little shocked that I used organza as the lining. To be fair though, it was in my mom’s stash. She wasn’t using it and I didn’t feel like making a trip to the store. *shrug*

Collar / Wrist Band:

Because I wasn’t going to be making a trip to the store (see above lol), I decided to recycle this dress since the skirt portion of it had a giant pull from the last time I wore it. Womp. I was never going to wear it again, so I just took it apart and made the neck & wrist bands from it.

Final Thoughts:

I really like M7100 and highly recommend it. It’s so easy to make this look sporty, casual or chic depending on your fabric. Give it a shot!



Photos: Dushan Tharmal
Sneakers: Ardene | Jeans: TopShop


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