Saturday, October 23, 2021

Anita from DIY with Manneken: Senpai Bomber Jacket

 Today we have a post from Anita from DIY with Manneken on the Senpai Bomber Jacket, from Sew Chibi Designs. It’s a very versatile and complete pattern. 

There are 2 full options you can sew, one with a hoodie and one without a hoodie. And then you have all the add-ons, such as:

All- in. one welt pockets
Chest/sleeve patch pocket
Cllegiate appliqué options in 3 sizes for back, chest and sleeve
Piece or solid hem banding

This version shown in the pictures below, is the easiest version - no pockets, no appliqué, yes lining and solid hem banding. 


This was literally sewn in one hour (plus the cutting time, which in my case always takes longer than sewing).  What we loved the most of this pattern is the lining, it gives it a very professional finish, and keeps the child a lot warmer. 

We used a medium weight sweatshirt fleece, which is quite warm, for the outer layer. A regular jersey fabric for the lining, and rib knit for the cuffs and hem banding. 

The instructions are really good, very well structured. One thing to highlight is that the pages you need per size are listed in the instructions. I chose size 9-10 to sew, and I did not have to print all the pattern pages, just the ones I needed according to the instructions. That’s very handy, and sustainable. As in many other patterns, you can un-check the pattern sizes you do not need, and just print the ones you want to sew. The sizes are on the bigger side, so I would chose the smaller size if you are doubting between 2 size ranges. 

Kat, is the designer for the @sew_chibi patterns, Kawaii PDF patterns. The fabric she uses for the samples, her style is really cheerful and this reflects in her designs, patterns and instructions. She even thinks about the little ones and added a color me in page, so our children can design their own Senpai Bomber jacket. 

You can download the PDF pattern at our PR&P shop. We really recommend this jacket for the Autum season!

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