The Iconic Bomber

Maeve’s Version of this new Irish Designed Pattern


Maeve Fanning


With the onset of Autumn I’ve embarked on a coat and jacket making series. First up is the Iconic Bomber Jacket – a pattern designed by an Irish Woman. At a recent Open Day sewing meetup at Dress Fabrics HQ we got to meet Gillian and she was bestowed with the honorary title of first Irish Indie Pattern Designer (for the home sewing community / Sewcialists/ Irish Sewists).

The background to the pattern:

The Iconic Bomber Jacket Pattern has been desinged by Gillian of Worthy Design Studios and its her first commercial pattern she designed as part of a collaboration with Jill & Gill as part of their latest apparel range, the Iconic Bomber is inspired by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

(Jill & Gill is a brand of award winning Irish illustrators and printmakers working across fashion, design and fine art).


It is a fully lined ‘one size’ bomber style jacket with a gathered back hem. The front has bust darts, welt pockets and an interesting sleeve panel. The back has a central circular panel and a belt channel, creating the gathered back hem. The belt is secured to the jacket at the front with snap fasteners. A standing collar gives a nod to a bomber jacket. The jacket is closed using a metal teeth zip. Roll up the cuffs for the final look.

We wanted this style to be adaptable for men and women of multiple shapes and sizes and so we came up with the clever hem detail, allowing for a looser or tighter fit with extra or less volume at the back, depending on how you choose to wear it.

Panel details in the sleeve and back give a great opportunity for colour blocking or using contrasting print, a technique used in the Iconic Bombers made for Jill & Gill.’

The original jacket is available to purchase (or admire) in the Kilkenny Design Dublin and Galway stores. September 2nd – 29th in collaboration with Design Ireland presented by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI).

My Iconic Bomber

Here is my finished version, as its one size only there was no fitting involved (win) – I omitted the waist gathering / belt as I liked the way it swings out at the back. I used denim that I had left over from my Dawn Jeans (Main parts) and York Pinafore (Darker denim). The lining was an old remnant from one of the ex designer hauls. I kept it for myself for something like this. Its a digital printed silky polyester. The zip is one of our shop and still in stock.

The construction of the jacket came together easily and the only place I had to really concentrate was the welt pockets (I’m a bit rusty – but would recommend you do a practise run if your not too familiar with this technique). The other part was at the hem when I was attaching the lining to the facings/ jacket. But I took it slowly and visualised how it needed to be finished and worked back from there. I top stitched some of the seams with gold top stitching thread for a blast of colour.







The tricky (for me) bit at the hem / facing:


          Bagging out – always the most magical part of jacket making: 

And the result:

Lovely clean insides



 Next on my coat making list is the Sapporo Coat by Papercut patterns – I’m making it in cream boiled wool with a rich red satin lining. You can see my up to date progress with it on Facebook or Instagram. 




Hope this helps inspire you for Autumn sewing  😉



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