Unexpected bomber jacket and a giveaway: V8974


McCall’s has produced a Vintage Edit – 20 designs from past decades and invited us (full list here) to sew our own interpretation. If the challenge of sewing something different than my usual spectrum wasn’t enough fun, “for every pattern sold from this Vintage Edit, “McCall’s will make a contribution to the Eve Appeal charity, adding to the £8,300 we were able to donate last year with the proceeds of the Butterick Walkaway dress,” said Sue Haft, MD of The McCall Pattern Company. One of my favourite things about sewing is to try to find something unique and unexpected about any sewing pattern. I was very interested in taking part and invite you all to join us.


When I was given the Edit list to pick from the stripped dress from the cover of V8974 had me hyperventilating with so many interesting details. A ‘V’ neckline and french darts, criss-cross back… awwwmazing skill fest. Picture the perfect lemonade print and pink background. Spring summer perfection. Fabric and pattern matched. Job done- added to the sewing queue.


We all have been allocated slots in advance. Do you find that the longer deadline you have the more you procrastinate to make something? I just kept delaying it on my to-sew list. I wanted to gauge my enthusiasms for spring sewing later in the year. You see… we the got the brief back in January but my reveal day was today. (Technically yesterday) Almost 9 months of procrastination time and looking at the same old plans. I didn’t realise till 3 days I was due to reveal that I haven’t even started. Can I make this summer dress work? I am well into fall/autumn sewing now and a short deadline meant rushing a bit….  Nah….Should I really make a rushed summer dress just because was my initial plans? Scrap that!!!! Make a well made transitional -weather outwear instead.




Bring on plan B. Separates on sewing patterns can get easily dismissed. I got thinking about fashion from the 40’s and somehow felt inspired by bomber jackets silhouettes. Today’s bomber jackets will either be a very close reproduction of the classic 40’s pilot style, or tailored & almost architectural. The jacket pattern at first was so unassuming perhaps is because  the dress is so captivating ….Why the double sleeve dart isn’t mention or marked on the pattern drawing illustration? It’s an amazingly cool feature…

I didn’t want to make a literal full pattern alteration but add a simple modification to mimic the bomber effect silhouette. The pattern is described as loose fitting so I picked between 12-14-lenghething the pattern by 5 cm (inc sleeves) and added elastic on the bottom to reduce the fullness of the back. Creating the crop architectural bomber effect I was looking for. Initially I sewn 3 sets of hocks& eyes to close it but didn’t like it. The jacket when worn open creates a really sliming waistline and sits nicely on the body. I’m pretty happy with the result. I managed to take a few pictures on the local Marina before they closed and unfortunately the images are a bit out of focus. I will re-shoot a few more details, inside shoots of these project adding to this post later.




My fabric is of unknown origin. I don’t remember where I aquired or what is the fibre content. It has the most beautiful colourful threads creating a really unique monochrome Aztec/Tribal motif.I only had a small piece making me unable to cut the pattern single for exact pattern matching. Asymmetric and matching it is…… The lines match when the jacket is closed but they aren’t the same. Like sisters stripes not twins. I finished the inside of this jacket with bias binding as the pattern is unlined.




How can you participate, you ask? Simply buy your favourite pattern from this edit and sew your own version. Post a photo with the hastag #bvsewalong and copy in @McCallpatternUK on Twitter or @McCallpatternUK on Instagram. That is it.

Get to know “The Eve Appeal charity” here.

******* Giveaway **********

To win a copy of V8974 courtesy McCall Pattern Company UK; Tell me what 1940’s trends rock your boat? You got a week to enter as I will draw the winner Sep 10.

*Disclaimer: I was offered a fabric voucher (which I politely declined) and a free copy of the pattern to take part of this sew-along. I have made a separate financial contribution to the cause. More importantly, I hope my participation will raise the awareness necessary.

  • Mary Roberts

    When I think of 1940’s fashion sleeves immediately pop into my head. I am drawn to neat tailored clothing with an interesting feature. Being short with a propensity to roundness sleeve accents are perfect. I like what you’ve done and it looks lovely on you.

  • Rebecca Woodward

    I love the beautifully tailored blouses, fitted but then gorgeous sleeve and neckline details

  • Teresa

    I love the style details that were achieved even though fabric was rationed for much of the 1940s. Fabric may have been in short supply but style was not! All the neat tailoring details that add chic to everyday clothes…
    (Ps I love the dress part of this pattern! If I don’t win I’ll be buying it anyway! Thanks for drawing my attention to it! )

  • What an amazing outfit! I love how interesting detailed the clothes in the ’40s were! Especially the manipulation of the darts!

  • Anne

    This is a really nice outfit. When I think of 1940s fashion, I think about the creative use of gathers, darts and pleats as well as the interesting seam lines in the shoulders and neck areas.

  • wendeeflys

    I love how your own touch changed the look of the jacket, it may be vintage up front but that back is contemporary. Love it!

  • sarah dunlop


    The thing about 1940s fashion that draws me in every time is the attention to detail that I feel just isn’t there in modern designs. It always feels like so much more care was taken to showcase the finer aspects back then if that makes any sense at all.

  • Frankie

    I love the makeup!!! And the nipped in waist! So flatteringx

    • Congratulations darling, you won. Please email me so I can get the pattern sent to you.

  • Patrizia

    Love your bomber! When I think about the 40’s style and fashion I think about bust definition and perfect fitting!

  • Claudine

    I like the fabric and the bomber! 1940s means to me hour glass figures with padded shoulders, tiny waists and A-line knee lengtht skirts.

  • Madly in love with your jacket – the fabric is wild. As the 1940s – it was the period of history that stole my father’s youth and made him hard to live with, so I’m not going back there!

  • Francesca Amodeo

    Wow. Great outfit, and great hair! Really suits you. And how lovely that they are so aware and donate – as did you.

  • Sam Chandler

    I love your take on this jacket, the fabric is perfect for it. Thanks for the opportunity to win this pattern, the dress also looks really interesting. As for 40s fashion, I think for me it’s the glamour of it all, looking at old photos of this era everyone looked like a film star, the hair, make-up, hats cinched in waists and little details to detract from the make do & mend ethos of the post war era.

  • Hilde

    Wonderful jacket!
    What I love about the 40s are the intriguing details like gathers, draping, darts and interesting seaming

  • Love your piece 🙂 As for the 40s, defined waists are the key for me! So much power to the feminine form, so much elegance 🙂

  • Tomasa

    Such a beautiful jacket – love it!

  • Laura

    This is a great piece, and good to see the secondary pieces sewn up and how they can work in a modern wardrobe. I love 1940s fashion. I love the smart and practical shirts and blouses of the era. I’ve not been brave enough to try this style out on myself yet so hope I win.

  • Patricia Brown

    I love your total 1940’s look! The jacket is versatile and can be worn with other contemporary pieces. What I like about the 1940’s looks is that women wore gloves and the silhouettes were about the hour glass look. Very glamorous!

  • Brooke Smith

    Love your outfit! I love the 1940’s and fashion in history in general. I love that you can tell when a picture is taken by looking at the clothing. I love the tailored blouses and shirt dresses, the hair and the “package”. Very put together 💘