Our kid wants a bomber jacket to match his Big Bang quilt. Must be navy, in quilted fabric and look like this –
Apparently, no other variations are tolerable.
I have 3m of navy, quilted poly (yuk) with a % of spandex, a very long zip and matching thread – all I need is the pattern.
So off you go….a men’s jacket pattern please that doesn’t cost the earth and your recommendations and advice if you’ve already made it. Teenage son is 6’6″ (1.96cm), very broad shoulders and extremely fussy! Much appreciated in advance.
Now something for us girls……
For my recent trip away which was only for four days and i carried only cabin luggage my packing and luggage had to meet the restrictions of security and EasyJet.
Cabin luggage must not exceed
Maximum size of 56 x 45 x 25cm including handles and wheels or else they’ll charge you an extra ££ for hold. Imagine having to pay £30 because of a couple of extra inches!
All cosmetics and liquids etc must be under 100 ml and stuffed into a plastic freezer bag.
You can bring liquids in your cabin baggage as long as:
- they are stored in containers no bigger than 100ml and;
- carried in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag with maximum dimensions of 20 x 20cms.
Each passenger can carry a maximum of 1000ml (e.g. 10 x 100ml). You’ll need to present your bag at security and you may be asked to dispose of liquids that do not meet these requirements.
Does anyone else see the futility of this rule? I mean, a beautiful hand sewn quilted, double walled cosmetics bag with a zip is obviously much more secure and pretty than a flimsy plastic bag which can be ripped as easily as, well, a plastic bag.
Who would want to destroy such a thing of beauty, that someone (maybe your mother) took the time to choose the right fabrics and then sew them all together? A plastic bag – who cares? Anyway, I needed to fly, so I complied with the plastic bag aesthetic, but rest assured, with intense indignation.
In our house we have suitcases – a giant sized one that holds enough for a family of three for a fortnight, a weekend sized one adequate for two, even my mother’s 1960s honeymoon blue Antler;
Best solution then was to make one.
The pattern is designed by my quilting class teacher – Yvonne. It’s called the Aomori Bag which is a city in Japan. On the Quilter’s Quest website the patterns are not listed but if you really want this then just contact Yvonne and I’m sure she’ll be more than pleased to post it to you.
Measuring a perfect 15″ X 21″ X 6″ it is within an inch of the current limits and because it’s fabric and soft, can be squeezed and moulded to fit the cabin luggage requirements.
This is genuinely the first ‘real’ bag I’ve ever made. I have sewn a few others here and here – but this one had to withstand the rigors of travel along with the so-called traditional female efforts of over-stuffing and so-called traditional male efforts of airport security. It has metal feet, a reinforced bottom with gussets and straps, a zip and loads of pockets.
I was surprised by the number of pieces: most of which are lined and so doubles the cutting and fabric and sewing. I choose LIme Twist fabrics from Henley Studio Collection simply because I wear so much grey that I hoped this would travel well with me anytime and anywhere.
As I was intending to walk through any international airport in the world with this bag and I would no doubt probably be distracted by duty-free shiny things (me being female and all) I included a zip for personal security (not in the pattern) so I had to make a gusset. I just used the bottom pattern piece as a template, added some seam allowances for the zip and voila, a zip closure. Best advice I can give is to not overthink this – it’s not complicated, unless you make it so. Same size as template plus 5/8″ for the zip in the centre and the L and R seam allowances on the edges.
As usual, I hate to not use leftovers, so there was a bit of editing involved with the original pattern. I added pockets inside and out and even used the cutouts from the bottom corners to make a zip pull.
One side has elasticated pockets to hold bottled water etc and the other has plain, straight versions to hold folded over Burda magazines.
I also added two lengths of straps – a short and a long for variation, primarily to use up the scraps and secondly to make me look stylish, no matter what the fashion – low slung or under arm – I’m ready!
The result is that my bag made it through security although I was subjected to one degree less than full body cavity searching.
Really? I look like an international terrorist to you? I actually want to carry hand-made quilted cosmetic bags instead of plastic ones – doesn’t that tell you enough?
BTW – Just finished summer reading of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – so might just be feeling a little bit trod upon and need to re-assert myself.
Edited to add: I forgot to mention what I managed to pack into the bag – mostly from the Merchant and Mills Workbook:
2 pair trousers (Strides and grey linen pair)
4 sleeveless T-shirts (Bantams)
1 long sleeved T-shirt (Curlew)
1 pair shoes
1 jacket (Haremere)
1 shawl and 1 scarf
6 pairs of knickers (in case of emergencies), 2 bras
2 pair of socks
Plastic bag of makeup and cosmetics