And The Next Sew-Along Is…

bomber jackets are hot for fall 2016
Celebrities can’t get enough of the bomber jacket trend: Jessica Alba (InStyle), Chiara Ferragni (her Instagram), Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid (Splash News via Harper’s Bazaar), Demi Lovato (Splash News via InStyle)

The bomber jacket! We chose the bomber jacket for this fall sew-along because:

  • It’s an enduring style that’s fun and easy to wear
  • You don’t need to over-stress about achieving a tailored fit with a bomber jacket
  • There are a gazillion fabrics—knits and wovens—that work for bomber jackets
  • Because of that last fact, you’re free to be utterly creative with your own bomber jacket. Seriously, there are SO many fabric and color options with this style of jacket
  • It’s a relatively simple jacket to make, but you can challenge yourself with things like welt pockets and sophisticated interior finishes
  • Bomber jackets can be super-sporty or ultra-glam
  • And many of you spoke up on our social media and suggested a bomber jacket for this sew-along.

So let’s do it! The patterns we’ve chosen for this sew-along are McCall’s M7100 and Butterick B6181. They’re very similar, though the McCall’s jacket has a slightly slimmer fit and princess seams, while the Butterick pattern doesn’t have princess seams and is about an inch or so longer than the McCall’s.


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We’ll get a complete schedule posted within the next couple of weeks, and we promise it will allow plenty of time for you to get your patterns and fabrics. Some of the things this sew-along may cover are:

  • making welt pockets
  • adding a lining to an unlined jacket
  • underlining or flatlining (taking your outer fabric, pairing it with a lightweight fabric like georgette, then treating the two fabrics as one fabric)
  • Hong Kong seams and other interior finishes
  • zippers in jackets
  • choosing and selecting ribbing for your jacket

In the meantime, check out our Bomber Jacket Pinterest board, where we’ve pinned lots of sewing inspiration.

Note: For those of you who wanted to do a pants sew-along, take heart as we are considering pants for our spring sew-along.

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Have you seen our newest video? It features seven patterns from our Fall collections and was filmed on location here in downtown Manhattan. Check it out!

McCall Pattern Company Fall 2016 video



  1. Yes! And I already have the McCall’s pattern. Thank you!

  2. Looking for the one that would be simplest and most straightforward for a beginner sewist with a little experience; which would you recommend of the two patterns?

    1. They are both so similar…maybe the Butterick is a little easier?

  3. I don’t have either of those but I will pick up some helpful tips for the one I do have. Excited!

  4. Yippee!!!! I just bought this McCall pattern and was trying to decide when to make it. Now is the time!!! I can’t wait!

  5. Yay! I wanted to make a weekend jacket. You read my mind.

  6. Wonderful.
    Bomber Jacket was going to be one of my next projects.
    Thank you.

  7. Yay I just bought the Mc calls pattern – even if I don’t get around to joining the sewalong it will be great to see what others make 🙂

  8. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new fall patterns.

  9. I kept meaning to make a bomber jacket with a lace back this past spring and it is still in the just an idea stage. Maybe it is time to make one from denim, wool gab, or something warm for fall/winter.

  10. I am excited about doing this activity also. I’ve never done a sew-a-long before.

  11. This looks great Meg, good choice! Love your Pinterest board, the creative juices can really flow on this one cos a bomber is just asking for embellishment non?!

  12. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has sloping, rounded shoulders and avoids raglan tops. Can we make these patterns work for us?

  13. Bomber jackets are trending….yay! If time permits, I’ll be joining in.

    I’m assuming the giveaway winner for the shirt dress sewalong was announced on Facebook? I don’t recall seeing anything here on the blog though.

  14. Thank you so much for the video on some of the new patterns, it really helps with pattern selection, I now know the ones I want to order

  15. Couldn’t decide so ordered both the bomber jacket patterns since they were on sale (through tomorrow at the website.! Kind of like the over-sized look in a bold pattern. has a couple of pages of bomber jackets from $100 to over $5k. Lots of inspiration there!

  16. Mary, Thanks for the reference to the Nordstrom site. I wasn’t interested bomber jackets until I saw those embroideries and plaids. So refreshing!

  17. Someone asked me if there was a plus sized option for the Sewalong and I didn’t know the answer to that. Is there a plus sized bomber style jacket in the McCall’s family? Took a look and didn’t see anything. As I wear regular sizes I’m not clear on how an 18 is different from an 18W for instance.

    1. Hi and yes! The McCall’s jacket goes up to 26. And remember never to go by retail size numbers with patterns. Always take your own measurements and use those to determine your size. And check the finished garments measurements on the tissue.

      1. Thanks Meg, Can’t figure out why some patterns are labeled 18, 22 etc and other have those same numbers labeled plus size with W after the number. Are the measurements used for the sizes the same? I wear a 6 in RTW so don’t have first hand experience. I started a topic for this Sewalong on Pattern Review and it seems there are quite a few plus size sewists.

  18. I have McCall’s 7100, but I’m having trouble understanding the diagrams. In particular those with steps 7, 11, 15, 25 and 17. They have extra lines or pieces drawn back to front. Could we have an errata sheet for these please.

  19. Thank you, Meg. And the online measurement charts give the regular sizes as Misses’/ Petites at
    and the W sizes as Women’s/Women’s Petite at

  20. What do you think about using light weight corduroy for the bomber jacket ?

    1. Sure, that would work.

  21. How do I post for the sew along

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