The Rigel floral bomber

Oh, this Tessuti fabric just made me swoon at first sight. Kirsty from Top Notch obviously thought the same, as I spotted her lovely O’keefe skirt in it the other day. No wonder it sold out so quickly! Mine has been in my stash for some time, just waiting for that perfect project to come along. And it finally did, as soon as I laid eyes on the Rigel Bomber by Papercut patterns.


Given the unfitted nature of this bomber, I threw caution to the wind and jumped right into stitching it up. Now the sizing appeared to be working out pretty good, but I was far from happy with how the insides of this jacket were looking. It is meant to be an unlined jacket and of course, it could look wonderful as such had I given some forethought into binding the seams. But I still don’t think the internal pocket construction (with the fusing and multiple raw edges) could be tidied up to an extent that would make me happy. Or maybe it could…

So after completing the outer shell (sans ribbing), I made a snap decision to line it. Luckily, I had the perfect remnant in my stash (another Tessuti fabric), a silky, silvery viscose that just feels delightful against the skin. All I did to line this jacket was cut lining pieces of the back, fronts, and arms, sew them together, and attach the intact lining to the jacket exactly as you would the facing (according to the instructions). I then basted the free arm hem edges and bottom hem edges of the lining to the jacket fabric so that I could sew them together as one to the ribbing. It didn’t take that much more effort and I am SO delighted with the results. It has turned a rather nice bomber into a luxuriously decadent bomber. The lining adds that little bit of extra weight and warmth. The silkiness of the slippery viscose also makes putting it on over other clothes much easier.


I should also mention that I nearly doubled the length of ribbing for the arm cuffs, which by the way, is a beautifully robust double sided cotton ribbing I picked up as a remnant from The Fabric Store.

I love my fabulous new jacket! Now I just need to sew some more monotone separates or I will start giving my neighbours a headache with all the gorgeous prints in my wardrobe.


18 thoughts on “The Rigel floral bomber

  1. Wow!! This looks so good, the fabric is totally perfect. I can’t wait to get started on mine, just need to find the right fabric and possibly lining after reading this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. That looks awesome! And speaking of Kirsty, she started to make this jacket up a little while ago and had the same gripes as you! Kirsty abandoned her jacket, so I hope she sees your post and considers a lining. Beautifully done!

  3. Oh this fabric – what can’t it do!! I LOVE it! But to have a Tokyo jacket and a bomber out of identical fabric would be ridiculous. Thanks for the tips on the lining. It is definitely on my 2014 sew list. I just now need the right fabric and I’m back in the game. Love the styling with the jeans and sneakers as well.

    1. Thank you! Do you know I saw this same fabric in a pair of 3/4 jeans on display in a little boutique clothing shop in my suburb. I almost fell over, but not until I checked them out thoroughly first 😉

  4. This looks fabulous, and wonderfully on trend!! I love the fabric paired with this pattern! Really, truly gorgeous. And I’m pretty sure if I made the Rigel I would also want to line it, so good to know it can be done!

  5. This is too good. Makes me want to have another crack at the Rigel, in a floral of course. I really wanted to add a lining to my first one after seeing the schemmozle that is the inside of those welt pockets, so good to see it can be done.

    1. Thank you! I loved your chambray dotted version too. I too am the reacher of things in high spots, which is the reason I lengthened the ribbing on the arms (because I didn’t do a muslin and suddenly discovered the arms were a bit short).

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