One of the things that I love to do sometimes is mix and match patterns. In this case, I used the bomber jacket of a vintage McCall's pattern V7203 and Vogue 8909 jogging pants.
I first planned to make the bomber jacket about a year and half ago, but I never got around to it until now. Sure, I purchased McCall's bomber jacket from last year, but I liked this one better. The vintage pattern has two options for making the collar, waistband, and wristbands: one for ribbed knit and the other the same fashion fabric as the jacket (collar and wristband cut on the bias - the waistband with rows of elastic inserted between channel stitches.)
Here are my reviews for the McCall 7203 bomber jacket and the Vogue 8909 jogging pants:
McCall 7203 Bomber Jacket
Pattern Description: Jacket has separating zipper and long sleeves with elasticize waistband, cuffs and neckband.
Pattern Sizing: 6-16; My pattern was size 16, copyright 1980. Only one size per envelope during that time.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes the instructions were easy to follow. When I opened the envelope to review them, I had to chuckle. This pattern is almost 36 years old. The guide sheet has colored illustrations. Unlike the guide sheets on today. The blue indicates the right side of the fabric. The pattern pieces are also different, having large print and numbers to indicate notches and layout instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the option of having the entire jacket had in the fashion fabric and the instructions on how to do so. Also, bomber jackets are on trend. No real dislikes.
Fabric Used: I purchased this lovely faux ultra suede from JoAnn's. The chestnut or cinnamon color is also on trend. This warm color is perfect for my skin tone.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any changes. The pattern is a size 16. So I thought it should be okay across the bust and shoulder areas.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I want to sew it again, but in a mesh or lacy fabric. I noticed some pull at the neck area. So I will address that before I do so. And, I think I will add a few inches more to the length of the waistband elastic as it pull a little more than I'd like it to. I do recommend the construction technique to other. You should be able to use a more recent pattern to get the same results by cutting the fabric for the collar and wristband on the bias; also by adding the elastic to the waistband with channel stitches.
I really enjoyed making this jacket.
Vogue 8909 Jogging Pants
Pattern Description: Fitted (below waist) pants have elastic waistband and purchased ribbon drawstring, yoke back, side-front seams, no side seams, and side-front pockets. A, B: Elasticized leg bands. B, C: Stitched hems. I had view B lengthening the pant leg by a few inches.
Pattern Sizing: 4-26; I used size 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, they did except I eliminated the draw string and only did two rows of elastic instead of three.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Nothing difficult about them. Simple.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the back yoke, pocket placement, mock fly, and front/side seaming. My only dislike was the length as shown on the model. I like my pant a little longer. In this case I over compensated by a inch or so. Next time I won't add as much length to them.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The only changes to the pants were: eliminated the draw string, only inserted two rows of elastic instead of three, and lengthen the pant leg.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, and yes. This will be my go to jogging pant pattern.
So there you have it. My new bomber jacket and jogging pants outfit. They can be worn together or with other coordinates.