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Fur Fleece Bomber Jacket

A bomber jacket had been on my to-sew list since the beginning of times. Forever associated with the US TV I used to watch as a child in Greece, from the varsity jackets in all good high-school films, like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller to their military form in Top Gun. A big chunk of that very same childhood was spent simply wanting one such jacket, although I knew it wouldn’t suit me. (I was chubby and awkward). Of course, now that I can sew and don’t care too much about whether people think I’m still chubby or awkward, I can make all the bomber jackets in the world, especially one that’s warm and fluffy like this Fur Fleece Fabric that Vicki at Minerva kindly sent me to review.
The fabric upon arrival made quite an impression on my son, who thought it appropriate to use me as the foundations of his fur fleece tent. 
I will start by saying that all you want to do with this fabric is sit next to the fireplace and endlessly stroke it. We haven’t got a fireplace, so I had no option but to sew it. 
During the summer I purchased a cotton/linen blend fabric from the site and made the mistake of not pre-washing it, so when I did wash it, it came back somewhat shrunk, so now I have made it a rule to prewash everything, including this one. I’m happy to report that no shrinkage was noticed.
When you look for a bomber jacket pattern you are spoilt for choice and in my various fabric/pattern/general spending fasting, I decided I’d make a burda style one, I owned. Unfortunately, it was nowhere to be found, so I went with this pattern from Love Sewing magazine, which was a free download and was already somewhere in my disorganised collection of PDF patterns.
If you decide to cut the fabric using scissors, use a lot of pins to ensure maximum accuracy, or a lot of pattern weights when using a rotary cutter, as it can be quite slippery. 
Also beware it sheds it’s pile resulting in a snow like effect on your cutting table haha, but with no serious implications.
As the fabric is thinner than the usual faux fur and as I wanted to wear this during the winter rather than spring or autumn I decided to line it with thinsulate, admittedly it was mostly because I was dying to use it on something. 
Quilting the thinsulate and lining was a consuming task but quite therapeutic at the same time and the end result is very pleasing especially on the fabric in question. I would definitely recommend it for any quilted projects. 
To my disappointment the pattern didn’t include any pockets, I mean who wears a jacket with no pockets? So I drafted my own. Again, pretty satisfactory result and the good thing is while I was showing them, I noticed that the pile is just right for hiding tiny mistakes. 
Ever since living in London where rain is always in the cards, I try to wear something with a hood, just in case. I used an existing hooded jacket to draft the hood and the result was once more successful. I lined the hood using the same fabric and I’m happy to say that it creates a very snuggly feeling and doesn’t make your head get too hot. A cut the front of the neckline slightly diagonally, as in its original shape it wasn’t working with the hood. 
Attaching the zipper was surprisingly easy, considering the fabric being quite slippery. Again I did use a lot of pins and basted it, to start with, on the sewing machine.
Finally I finished the sleeves and waist with a contrasting colour ribbing, which I ordered as soon as I got this fabric and complemented the whole garment perfectly. 
Again the fabric behaved really well when trying to attach the ribbing and I think this shows on the great puff that’s created on the sleeves and waist.
You can find this lovely fabric here and if you want to read any of the posts on my blog, check me here and @delightfullypeculiar on Instagram. 
Photocredit: @juniperific

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