DIY Lace Bomber Jacket: Butterick B6181 Stylish Fabric Vol. 2



DIY Lace Bomber Jacket: Butterick B6181 Stylish Fabric Vol. 2


Hope all is well.  I have to tell you that it is getting really late as I type this and despite drinking a grande Americano from Starbucks, I am sleepy.  Lately, I have not been able to fight my sleep.  Therefore, I am going to jump right into this week’s DIY look, before all of my words begin to look like this “adhgf’aikrdfg]ua9’or taeraq”  on the screen, LOL.  Trust me it has happened before.  So without further ado…

Let’s get into this week’s DIY look… a lace bomber jacket.

So if you recall my last post, I made a split back lace top using gorgeous vintage-inspired Lourdes Princess lace from Stylish Fabric (if you missed it click here).  I mentioned that I had this lace in seafoam green.  Well, I decided to make Butterick B6181 with it. The seafoam color can be found here and feel free to use my code: Tee for 15% off sitewide!

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I lined the front and back panels of my jacket with a lovely seafom rayon jersey knit also from Stylish Fabric that can be found by clicking here.  This fabric feels so soft against your skin.  I attached the lace and knit by serging it together to make one fabric piece.

I left the sleeves unlined, because you know how I love to show off the beauty of lace.  This jacket also has pockets made using the rayon jersey knit.

Initially, I planned to make my cuffs, lower band, and collar in knit, but decided to use scrap ribbed trim that I had in my stash that I found at an outlet store in Los Angeles.   I had already sewn the bottom band on, but when it became time to attach the collar and the cuffs, I chose to double up the ribbed fabric.  I like the additional weight and final finish that doubling the fabric added.

The collar gave me the blues (no pun intended).  Seriously, I really had no idea how to make it work with this trim.
I ended up using just the curve of the pattern for the front ends of the collar and made the rest of the collar straight.It looked great, right?!?!?Except the fit was very, very, very off….sigh.Honestly, I was very lost on how to correct the fit for the collar.  So I ended up shortening the collar a couple of times to get it to look passable.  As a result of shortening the length of the collar, I had to gather the shoulders and back panel to fit.  In restrospect, the trim seems to be too wide and perhaps I should have trimmed down the width.The one thing I would like to go back and do is to double up my bottom band to give it that same sturdy and finished look as the collar and cuffs.  I just couldn’t do it after fighting with the collar for a few hours, my brain was spent, LOL.I used a 24 inch separating sports zipper.Overall, I felt this jacket came together nicely and I love the color of the lace and knit, along with the contrasting ribbed trim.

Don’t forget to check out Stylish Fabric for your fabric needs at!  Use code: Tee for 15% off sitewide.

Also congrats to two of my awesome subscribers/readers that won sewing boxes from Stylish Fabrics!  They should be mailed out to you soon!  I hope you enjoy!

Yours truly, Tee
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My name is Tee and you can say that sewing is in my blood. You see, I come from a family of wonderful seamstresses, including my Grandma Maggie. My aunt is also one of my favorite seamstresses. As a child, I was so amazed at all of the prom/ball gowns, dresses, suits, and lace slips hanging up everywhere that they made. They also made beautiful home décor, such as curtains, cushions, and pillows. Their work was impeccable to say the least and always looked so professionally-made. Though I admired their work greatly, I did not pick up the craft as a child. However, my mom believed that I was born with the sewing gene, simply because my dad, his mom, and his sisters could sew. So when I was in high school, she bought me a beautiful 1960s sewing machine (the kind that folds into the table) and my Granny Elaine gave me several yards of fabric that she was planning to use to have a garment made. One Saturday morning, I pulled out the machine instructions and decided to give sewing a try. Sadly, my first attempts at sewing were complete fails…everything I tried to sew always fell apart…probably because I didn’t think the bobbin thread was necessary at the time. Instead of asking any of those wonderful familial resources to teach me to sew…I ended up folding the machine back into the table and using it for a lamp stand. It wasn’t until 15 years later that I would ever try sewing again. In fall of 2011 while living in Chicago, I signed up for a sewing class at a local fabric store, called The Needle Shop. In just three hours, I learned the basic functions of the sewing machine, how to sew a straight stitch, and how to install a zipper. I also learned the bobbin thread was absolutely necessary for ensuring that stitches did not come apart. By the time the class was finished, I made my very first throw pillow. I felt a strong sense of achievement and I couldn’t wait to make more things. I was 125% hooked on sewing. From that point, I purchased a small sewing machine and found more sewing classes around the city. For my next project, I learned to sew a reversible messenger bag at Lillstreet Art Center. However, my love affair with sewing went to the next level when I learned to sew garments at Vogue Fabric Store. A few years later, I moved to Vegas, where I connected with a tailor and learned menswear alterations. Additionally, I took classes at the Stitch Factory in downtown Vegas, where I learned to make pants, match plaids, and draft my own patterns. In addition to DIY and sewing for fashion and the home, I really like thrifting and shopping great retail sales. I like to incorporate and style thrift and retail items into my DIY looks. A little more about Grandma Maggie and Granny Elaine I began learning to sew after my Grandma Maggie’s memory started to fade away from her. Much of her fabric was passed down to me and there are many times when I wish I could ask her thoughts and the background on certain fabrics. Nevertheless, before her memory loss progressed completely, I showed her my first throw pillow. I didn’t think she quite understood, until she quietly uttered the words, “you should add lace around it, that would make it pretty”. Anytime, I use my Grandma’s colorful laces or fabric, I hear her voice and I feel I am sharing this journey with her. I am also fortunate enough to have my Granny Elaine’s old and colorful leather coats. Pre-sewing, I would always tell her those things were “out of style” and needed to be donated. Thank goodness she didn’t listen to me, because she gave me all of those great coats that I plan on re-purposing for future DIY projects. Though her memory also is not quite the same, she is happy to know that I am going to re-use them. While packing those items to bring to Vegas with me, she repeated joyfully, “I can’t believe you saved all those things for so many years”…(though she is the one who saved them). I am so fortunate for my grandmothers and I dedicate this blog to them. Love, Tee

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