From Function to Fashion! Bomber Jackets for Spring!!

  • Bomber jackets were also called flight jackets and can be traced back to WWI when military pilots needed protection from the low temperatures and high altitudes since most planes did not have cockpits that were enclosed. 
  • In 1932, A-2 bomber style was introduced by the US Army Air Corps. They were durable and comfortable.

The bomber jacket is still popular and stylish. Let’s explore some possibilities for making your own updated version of a bomber jacket. 

  • They are versatile for hot climates and cold climates. 
  • Easy to construct
  • Fashionable
Jackets from Shop Bop and Asos

For every day looks, Burda Style 3/2017 #125B – Use Chambray Blue Woven Print Cotton (Sold Out) with Metallic Silver Linen (Sold Out) to make this color blocked look a classic for your wardrobe. 


Knits are another great look especially for weekend glam! Simpicity 8222 is designed with knits in mind.  Use Cobalt Blue Ponte Knit (Sold Out) and White Ponte Knit for the ribbing.  The 16oz Ponte knit is an excellent substitute for ribbing. 

Switch up your blazer for a bomber jacket to wear to the office. Black Stretch Pique with Midnight Black Ponte Knit and Burda Style 05/2014 #110 will keep you chic and professional.  

And don’t forget to make this glamorous for evening!  How about Black/Gold Stretch Lace (beautiful!), Black Guipure Lace or Smokey Taupe Sequin Stretch Lace with Burda Style 06/2015 #101.

Don’t be afraid to take a risk and think outside the box when it comes to combining classic silhouettes with unexpected patterns and fabrics.  That’s what makes it fashion! You can find all of these fabrics and more at Sew Much Fabric!

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.

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