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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Finally, the Rigel Bomber

There are so many gorgeous Rigel Bombers popping up everywhere, that I couldn't resist and made one myself! My sister gave me this pattern for christmas, thanks Mieke for the amazing present! (Even though it is a bit of a selfish gift, as she already had one on her wish list as well.. 

So when I went to the Antwerp meet-up I was only looking for Rigel fabrics.. I spotted this fabric at  Moens fabrics, it feels like a suede, but I actually think it is a fake suede (price and thickness wise). 
I cut a size xs and only lenghtened the sleeves an inch, which is a normal adjustment for me. At first I also lengthened the body with an inch, but after seeing other finished ones, I decided that the length would be perfect if it was just a bit shorter.

After reading about how most of you preferred to line their Rigel I decided to follow.. I had a silk panel from Italy in my stash.. I really liked the print, but it was too much for a shirt, so perfect lining material! I really had to squeeze it in order to be able to fit all the pieces onto the silk, so no perfect pattern matching unfortunately.. Ahhh well, I can live with that, I'll even show it to you..
 I also made this shirt I'm wearing, I love the print on this silk! And I've got 2 more meters..
I topstitched the lining at the bottom, not the prettiest, so next time I will follow Elizabeth's tips!

I made version 2, which has a cool geometric detail on the shoulders. It felt like a small puzzle putting it together, which I really enjoyed..
 It was my first try at welt pockets, I ended up using the Craftsy tutorial, which I found quite helpful. The only small issue I have is that the neck ribbing has the tendency to wrinkle and stand away from my neck a bit.. Anyone else have this? Or any suggestions how to prevent this next time?

Because there will be a next time for sure! My sister keeps hinting at the fabric she has, which will make a perfect summer Rigel..

I've hardly taken it off since I finished it last week.. I even had a girl asking where I got my jacket from and after telling her that I'd made it myself she said: Ahhh I was afraid of that, since I didn't see a label.. And then she asked me if I was studying fashion or something similar :D
I really do have to get some nice labels though..


34 comments:

  1. Woooow! Je suis in LOVE!

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  2. It turned out beautiful! I really like the it in that bold purple. I think my next one might have to be a solid colour too. Your lining turned out great! thanks for linking to my blog :)

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  3. Dangit, now I want one even more!!!!! I have fabric earmarked for it, but I've piled up a ridiculous load of projects with deadlines that have to be sewn first. :( I really like your fabric choice. It's so unusual and looks very luxe! The lining is amazing, too!

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  4. Lovely lovely! That's a goood looking Rigel. Great lining too! And your shirt as well.

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  5. This is so great! The welt pockets look so cute, and the lining really makes it :)

    I'm a bit scared of jackets and coats but maybe the Rigel bomber is the place to start...

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  6. i would totally wear that inside out too.

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  7. Your Rigel is AMAZING! I really want to make one this winter and I'm just trying to find the perfect fabric. Thank you for inspiring me to keep hunting :)

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  8. Very good Rigel!

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  9. Thanks Elizabeth! I'd love to see your version in a solid colour, I think it will turn out great :)

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  10. Thanks Sonja! It is quite a quick make, so might be nice and refreshing after all the deadline sewing.. What kind of fabric do you have in mind? Good luck with the deadlines!

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  11. Thanks! Looking forward to your theory testing :) I did use a ribbing fabric, and cut it according to the pattern piece, I've noticed that it stays upright better when I wear my jacket open, maybe it pulls a bit to the back when I zip it up... Strange!

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  12. Thanks Sophie! I was super inspired by your gorgeous version.. I'm on the lookout for the right polka dot fabric..

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  13. Thanks! I'd really recommend this as a starting point for jackets, it's quite a quick make and really versatile too! Would love to see your version :)

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  14. Hahaha I can totally see you wearing it inside out!

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  15. Thanks Kelly! I'm going to try and shorten the ribbing a bit next time indeed :)

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  16. Thanks! A winter version would be perfect as well, I'm thinking a nice wool would be gorgeous :)

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  17. It's a gold jacquard, some sort of poly blend, that I purchased with an Elisalex dress in mind but now I can't shake the idea of a gold jacket!

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  18. A bomber wouldn't normally be my thing but after seeing yours I kinda wish I had the right amount of sewing experience to be able to make one... really amazing!

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  19. Oh, this is beautiful! I love the fabrics you've chosen. Such an inspiring version. And I agree with the others - your top is stunning as well.

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  20. Oooh that sounds like it would make a gorgeous Rigel!

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  21. Thanks Sasha! It really isn't that hard, the only part where you really have to pay attention is with the welt pockets.. But you can practice those first :)

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  22. I'm loving all the variation bloggers are coming up with for their Rigels! It's not a pattern I'd wear but really interesting to see every time. This version looks great with that subtle texture the suede provides. Great lining too!

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  23. Laura Sharp FisherApril 10, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    This is gorgeous, Kim! Are you taking part in Fashion Revolution?? You could totally wear this jacket inside out!

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  24. Coole Bomber! De paarse suede is ongewoon en origineel en de voering is supervrolijk. Ik vind die schouderpuzzel zo cool. En de zakken zien er echt superprofessioneel uit.

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  25. Thanks Amy! I love to see all the different versions :)

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  26. Thanks Laura! I'm thinking about taking part in Fashion Revolution, sounds like such a cool initiative!

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  27. Dankje Wendy! Ik was ook heel erg blij toen ik de paarse suede vond, ze hadden hem in heel veel kleuren, dus misschien maar weer een dagje antwerpen plannen!

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  28. Wow this is so gorgeous!! I love the fabric & the lining - it all looks so perfect and neat as well!

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  29. Thanks Kathryn! I'm very happy with the result as well!

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  30. Kim, where do you shop in Italy for fabrics? I had a terrible time in Milan and Como, and I don't even know how to find reliable shops but you have mentioned a specific place that you frequently go to.

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  31. Hi Sonia! I go to Tessuti Cocci in Fossombrone (http://www.tessuticocci.eu/) They have a great selection and very friendly staff!

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