Introducing… Rigel Bomber Jacket January!

Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well! I’m really excited to announce a fun new sorta-sewalong, Rigel Bomber Jacket January! The backstory: During #bpsewvember, I posted a photo of my Papercut Patterns Rigel Bomber pattern and mentioned that I really need to make the time to sew it. Kat and Mel chimed in that they also want to make it, and thought we should organize to sew it together in January- fantastic idea! There were quite a few others interested in making this (Katie, Heather, Erika, Georgina, Oh, She Dabbles), and I’m hoping lots of you will want to join in, too! I know not everyone loves sewalongs, but I really like the opportunity to sew alongside other people and see how you guys make a pattern your own. Plus, it seems like it’s a pattern that quite a few of us already have, but need a little extra motivation to work through! And who doesn’t want to see a whole flock of babes outfitted in bomber jackets???? OK, let’s talk details! We’re going to sew throughout January and reveal our finished jackets at the end of the month. That gives you a few weeks to gather your materials and order the pattern, if you don’t already have it. Luckily, Papercut just released a PDF version of this pattern for those of you who don’t want to wait for a hard copy (plus it’s a bit cheaper, at around 15USD). Sweet! We aren’t planning to do a full, step-by-step sewalong, but Kat, Mel, and I will share inspiration and helpful tips. You can join our Flickr group to share images of your jackets, and we can share in-progress shots and chatter on IG and Twitter using #rigelbomberjanuary.  Keep a lookout for more details in early January! What a way to beat the post-holiday blues, right? But wait, there’s more! Katie from Papercut has generously offered prizes, hooray! Kat, Mel, and I will each choose a favorite Rigel and each “winner” will receive a free Papercut pattern! But really, we’ll all be winners cause we’ll all have sweeeeeeeeeet jackets!

Guys, I’m so excited about this! OK, so, snag a pattern, get your supplies together, grab a badge (designed by the super talented Mel!), and start planning your dream jacket! Rigel Jacket January Here’s the code for your sidebar: <a href=”https://gingermakes.com/tag/rigel-bomber-january/”><img alt=”Rigel Bomber Jacket January” height=”250″ src=”https://gingermakespremium.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/rigel-jacket-january.jpg&#8221; title=”Introducing… Rigel Bomber Jacket January!” width=”250″ /></a>

What do you think? Are you in? What fabric are you considering?

105 responses

  1. YES! I have to move past the muslin stage. My poor “Rigel” has been hanging on my dressform for ages, without ribbed bands or welt pockets. This sewalong gets me out of dream-land to Rigel completion! Thank you for the much needed kick.

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  2. Yeah! This is the motivation I need to finally make this pattern. I have two images pinned as inspo for Rigel. One is a floral bomber and one is leopard print. I love them both so not sure which direction I’ll take but at least I have a couple of weeks to decide.

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  3. Oh wow – how exciting!! I’ve loved this pattern from afar, but I’ve never really considered sewing it up for some reason (maybe because of my 100 item to-do list), but I love the idea of a “sew together!!” I’m all about making a floral bomber!

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    • Oooh, your floral version is really pretty! A wool version would be really practical and cozy, too. I’m thinking about that myself! There’s such a short window of time when lightweight jackets are convenient to wear!

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      • The lightweight one made sense when I made it, as I lived in Sao Paulo, where it never gets lower than 50 degrees, but now that I live in Kyiv I can wear it maybe for 3 weeks in September and 2 in May?

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  4. fun! this sounds like the kind of sew-along that will be fun to follow. inspirations and tips, YES! i’m a bit tired of sew-alongs that are merely the instructions in photographic format… the rigel is not quite my style, but i’ll impatiently wait to see all. the. bombers.!

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    • I feel like, for most indie patterns at least, the instructions are so clear and nice that you don’t really need a walk-through of the instructions! So hopefully this will be a fun one to follow. I really am excited to see what people do with the pattern… it’s so fun!

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  5. Brilliant! I’ve also had this pattern waiting to go for a while! Great idea and a good way to beat the January blues! 🙂

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  6. Yes! I’ve totally had that pattern since it came out, but could never find the perfect fabric. I just can not decide on what weight I need, what type of use I’ll get out of it… do I need flowers? Do I need a classy black & sprakly jacket? should it be a winter jacket? a summer one? man… so many questions…
    So, yes, I’m in! Especially if you share inspiration 🙂

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  7. OK fine I’m in 😉 I’ve had the pattern and fabric for ages…it’s a floral silk/cotton/Lycra blend, and I have silk charmeuse for the lining. I’m thinking this baby deserves a Riri zip so I have to track one down and ribbing as well. Fun!!

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      • That’s so nice! But it looks like Pacific Trimming sells them online, I think I will just order from them…I am debating adding a fancy zipper pull 🙂 I found my ribbing today so after the zipper I should be all set. This is going to be a totally fancy pants jacket!

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  8. sounds so cool !!!… I wish I had the time to join but in january I’ll be preparing exams 😦 ! Maybe I’ll be extra speedy with those and get to join my wardrobe demands a bomber jacket!

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  9. Count me in!! I already have my zipper. The zipper tape is gold and sparkly! Better find some worthy fabric. Thanks for organizing this!

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  10. I’ve had this pattern for a while too, and it just keeps getting pushed aside. I have some vintage cotton eyelet I want to use along with a cozy jersey lining, but I’m not quite sure how to line it. If I can get through my list of winter basics before January, you can count me in too 🙂

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  11. I’m in. Have the pattern, fabric, ribbing, lining and zip. Going to make it for my sister. Glad you are inspiring us to get going on it in January! Thanks ~ Erin

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  12. Aw man, I’ve wanted to make this pattern for ages! If I happen across the right fabric I may join… it seems like a quick jacket to make. If nothing else, I’ll totally enjoy seeing everyone else’s!

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  13. I don’t know if I could pull this off by January, but now I have my heart set on a leather bomber jacket. Might require further research…! I love the WWII era, and I think Captain America looks snazzy in his leather jacket in The Avengers (because obviously the best inspiration ideas come from superhero movies).

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  14. Awesome! I won’t be following along because I want to stick to my mental plan of tackling a vintage coat slowly over winter (and I’ll super lose interest on a wool coat if I jump too many big projects in front and it even starts to get a little warm before I finish, lol). But I do think this jacket is adorable and can’t wait to see what everyone whips up!

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  15. YESSSSS! Now I just have to decide on my fabrics…I have some leftover wool herringbone and perforated leather that I thought could be a cool combo…but maybe too edgy for my style? What do you think?

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  16. Oh, I’m so in! This is perfect timing, as I’ve been planning a Rigel or two for the last few months but haven’t gotten around to it – this will give me the shove I need to make it happen! I have fabric for a woven version, but also I just bought a mustard doubleknit and a black and white print ponte for collar/cuffs that I might go with first. Thanks for the motivation!

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  18. Well, it took me a week to decide if I could manage the jacket in January. Hopefully, my sewing will be faster. I’m in!! I have the pattern and have wanted to make it for a while. I probably will make it in a black twill with pink polka dots. The orange fleece also is screaming at me! Since I have the supplies, there is nothing but sewing time stopping me. Thanks for the incentive!!

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  19. How did I miss this last week????
    I’m totally in! I’ve been collecting inspiration on Pinterest for a couple of months.
    I’ve finally decided that I’m making an all black Rigel. Black wool body and black leather sleeves. I *might* use this black ribbing I found with a gold horizontal stripe, I’ve not decided on that just yet.
    Oh, and I’m definitely lining and possibly interlining/quilting the lining for warmth.
    Can.not.wait.
    Now to talk makesthethings into doing this with us…

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  20. I’m in! Pattern, check. Zebra black/silver jacquard fabric, check. Magenta silk lining, check. Black ribbing, check. And just spent over $30AUD in a matching Riri zipper! O_o
    Can’t wait to get started and see what all the others are gonna make!

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  21. Ooh please count me in! I have the most gorgeous fabric from The Fabric Store, now just need to find the ribbing and zip.. I’m longing for some me sewing after all thos xmas presents.. Merry christmas!

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