Refashioned Rigel Bomber

I’ve been dreaming and scheming up Rigel Bomber Jackets since the pattern was released earlier this year. Finally I’ve got one to show!

This make was inspired by Amy of Sew Amy Sew. She is hosting a fun ‘Repurpose, Reuse, Rafashion’ challenge during August. I love a good refashion – although I’m still quite a novice. I’ve just managed to sneak this entry in before the August 31st deadline.

Rigel Before & After

 

So, I started with the very stylish old lady dressing gown on the left and ended up with the bomber jacket on the right (above). I found the wool dressing gown at a local op-shop (thrift store) for $8 sometime last year. I had a jacket in mind when I bought it – but I was kinda waiting for my sewing skills to catch up with my ambitions a bit more before I attempted it. Amy’s competition was the motivation I needed to get busy.

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This is the first Papercut Pattern that I’ve sewn. Β I JUST managed to squeeze the pattern pieces out of the dressing gown – raglan sleeves take a lot more fabric than you think. I didn’t have the luxury of pattern matching, although I did match the lines across the zipper….mostly…. πŸ˜‰ As I’m pretty sensitive to itchy woollen fabrics, lining the jacket was a must. I am a little perplexed that a $30 pattern comes without pattern pieces or instructions for lining, but fortunately for us, other sewers have already blogged instructions for how to line your Rigel bomber (see Liz’s post here). Given I had already made a lined jacket, albeit a tiny one, I pretty much just winged it. Fortunately it all turned out ok.

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Given this is a Reusing challenge – the lining is cotton drill left over from this bag. The only thing I purchased specifically to make the jacket was the zip.

On to the pattern: I made the jacket in a small after reading online reviews and I’m happy with the fit. I read that others had lengthened the sleeves and I should have followed this advice too. Other than that (and the fact that it’s not lined), it’s all good! The instructions are adequate and if you’ve made a jacket before, or have some experience with welt pockets and zips, you’ll have no troubles.

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Amy has a Flickr group for all the lovely entries that are part of the competition. Head on over there to see more refashioned creations. In the meantime, I’ll be getting as much wear as I can out of this super warm jacket before it’s too hot to wear it.

How about you, do you like to refashion things?

 

 

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19 comments

  1. Love it, absolutely love it Renee πŸ™‚ You finally made yourself the bomber jacket πŸ™‚ It looks much better than the original gown πŸ˜‰

  2. So clever – I’d have walked right past that dressing gown but it makes a great jacket. I guess the secret is to look for great quality fabric. Also Must remember this ! Also I do have a maxi skirt in my stash which I reckon can make three little girl’s dresses…. one day….

  3. This looks awesome! I love a good refashion and unless you told me this jacket originally was a robe, I never would have guessed it! Love it!

  4. Nice job! That was a pretty ordinary dressing gown, you did well to spot it’s potential. I’m fussy about outer wear and I think it’s a real fail for a pattern like this to be unlined. You’ve done a great job making the pattern look good! The fit looks great too.

  5. I saw this on the RRR Flickr group. I can’t believe you squeezed this jacket out of the dressing gown, I keep looking for unexpected seamlines where it’s pieced! Great vision to see this cool jacket in such an uncool dressing gown.

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