Although I hate to admit it, Summer is sadly drawing to a close and it's perhaps time now to think about those layering pieces that will take you through to the colder months ahead.
I have been on the look-out for a casual jacket that I can throw on with jeans, which can look dressed up or down, and I think that the McCalls M7100 bomber jacket is perfect.
It is a semi-fitted unlined jacket with the choice of welt or kangaroo pockets. I kept my version simple, but you could have great fun playing around with different coloured sleeves or side panels. 
I knew when planning this jacket that I wanted a bright colourful print, and that Minerva Crafts would have plenty of choice to fit the bill. As soon as I spotted this floral print Ponte Roma Fabric I knew it was the one. It's a medium weight stable knit fabric, and couldn't have been easier to cut and sew. Currently on sale at £5.99 per metre it features a fabulous red design set on a black background which allowed me to pair it with this super black Ribbing Fabric which I used for the collar, cuffs and waistband.
This is the first time that I have made a jacket which needed a zip, so I learned how to insert an open ended zipper for this make. It's really very simple, and I needn't have worried it would be tricky. 
It was fairly quick to make up, and I had it pretty much made in one day. The sleeves have a dart in the shoulder for shaping which I thought was a nice touch. Some of the instructions I found a little vague I must admit, especially when it came to finishing off certain steps, but with a little sewing experience it's possible to work out these parts yourself. 
As mentioned earlier, the jacket is unlined. Whilst all my seams are finished inside on the overlocker, it would be amazing had it been lined, and this is something that I will definitely do on my next jacket. The jacket is warm and cosy and I know that it is something I will be reaching for lots as we approach Autumn.
This pattern is definitely one that you can have a little fun with. I love the idea of contrasting fabric for the sleeves and adding embroidered applique patches to it to give it that US high school preppy vibe.
Thank you to all at Minerva Crafts for the supplies that I used to make this jacket, it really has been a pleasure and I hope you have enjoyed this review. Do head on over to my blog at sewdainty to follow all my sewing adventures, and I'll see you again here on the Blogger Network at the beginning of next month with a really cute skirt.
Take care, and happy sewing,
Kathy x