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What is a Varsity/Letterman/Bomber jacket?
1. Varsity/Bomber Jacket Pattern: If you are a beginner, I’ll insist you check out the pattern-tutorial here).
2. Body statistics: Measure out all the details of your body including, but not limited to the following:
a. Body Length i.e the distance between the shoulder and the waist
b. Sleeve Length i.e the distance between the shoulder and the wrist
3. Fabric of choice and lining: Your fabric of choice should be about 1.5 yards (depending on your chest/bust and waist statistics). I used soft wool for this tutorial which cost about N1,800 per trouser-length(that is 45” long). The lining yards should be 1.5 yards as well.
4. Zipper or Snaps: You can choose to either use snaps or zipper for your jacket. Your zipper should be about 24 inches long. The zipper used in this tutorial is what is popularly known as ‘jeans zipper’.
5. Leather: I used leathers for my sleeves which cost about N1000 per yard. A yard is 45” long.
6. Ripknit: Ripknits are the kind of fabrics that look knitted together (see photo below) to form a stretch pattern.
They are mostly used as wrist bands or neckline on Tee shirts, polos and sweatshirts. I couldn’t find any in the market so I had to purchase something similar which cost about N1,200 per yard.
7. Measuring tape and scissors
8. Tailor chalk and ball pins
9. Sewing machine & matching thread
10. Pressing iron
1. Cutting the Varsity/Bomber jacket Pattern on Fabric and Lining: Place the patterns on fabric and cut them out (see how to make a Varsity/Bomber Jacket pattern.). When done, they will look like these:
2. Preparing the Lining Fabric(optional): Because I didn’t want the lining fabric to be the first thing that is seen when the jacket is opened, I cut out 2.5” of the lining from both ends of the front pieces.
Then I placed one of the cut out pieces on the fabric and cut that exact length and breadth as shown in the photo below.
3. Making the Jacket : This section will be divided into the following: (a) making the bodice (b) Attaching sleeves (c) Attaching pockets.
(a) Making the bodice: To make the bodice, place your front pieces wrong side up on the back piece (which should be right side up) and stitch the shoulders.
(b) Attaching sleeves: Place the shoulder of your fabric right side up on your sewing table and then place your leather sleeves(wrong side up) on it, making sure that the centers tally.
(c) Attaching pockets: To attach pockets, cut out two Lining fabric of 14” long and 7” wide
4. Joining the fabric and lining fabric together: Now this is the tricky part. What makes jackets, jackets is the fact that their in-seams are usually not visible when you open them. Meaning as a sewist, you have to line them inwardly to make sure no seam is seen. Thus to do this, begin by joining the shoulders and sides of both your front and back lining fabrics together as shown in the photos below.
5. Attaching the Waistband: So I wanted my jacket to have a feel of the soft wool at the bottom on the front piece of my jacket. Therefore, rather than have the whole rip-knit as the waistband, I cut out 8” wide and 4” long of the wool.
6. Attaching the collar: To attach the collar, take your jacket to the pressing iron and press iron the ends of the neckline 0.5inches to the wrong side as shown below.
7. Attaching the wrist band: Place your hands on leftover pieces of rip knit and mark.
8. Attaching zipper: So at the last minute, I chose to use a zipper. Therefore to attach a zipper, begin from the bottom of the jacket and stitch all the way up. To learn more on how to attach zipper, please click here.
9. Attaching embellishment: You can choose to attach embellishment at the back of your jacket or not. Well I choose to include mine.
How to make a varsity/bomber/letterman jacket.
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