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Jalie 3675

May 29, 2017

IMGP5673I’ve had my eye on the Charlie Bomber since this pattern was released!! After I got my pattern (paper not download) I started working on procuring some fabric. Although I desperately want to make a floral bomber, I couldn’t find any floral scuba that was jacket-weight. So I decided to try neoprene.

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I ordered some black/white reversible neoprene from Mood. It’s heavy duty fabric with a LOT of body. I also ordered some striped, ribbed trim. I’ve had all of these items stashed away in my sewing room for about a month or two, and then Jalie put out  this tutorial. I took it as a sign and set to work on my bomber without delay.

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I cut a size S and it fits perfectly. Although I’m sure the written instructions for this pattern are great (they always are), I did not use them at all! Instead, I opened up the YouTube tutorial, watched a little, pushed pause, and sewed a few seams. I did this all the way through and it was awesome! I wish all patterns had a set of video instructions.

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This was my first time sewing neoprene. It wasn’t too bad, but it was a little bit of a learning curve. The trickiest part was learning that neoprene does not forgive and forget. Ripped seams and needle holes do not disappear–it’s like leather in that way. Even so, I do like this fabric.

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I do love this pattern and if I can find some heavy-weight floral scuba, I’m making another one. I also think a wool bomber could be pretty cool! Louise wants a bomber too!

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BTW, the striped dress is also a recent make–McCall’s 7122 with short sleeves. I made it using some knit from CaliFabrics. This was the first time I ordered from them and really like the quick turn-around and fabrics themselves.

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I’ve made this pattern A LOT, but this was the first time with short sleeves.

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