I’m not sure where the idea for this jacket came from… but around the start of the school year, I found myself meditatively cutting, sewing and quilting scraps of fabric together. This jacket is made of the remains of many nostalgic prints, including leftovers from clothes fat quarters bought in Japan, There is a story behind every print, and I’m so glad that now I can wear and enjoy them!
I’m not one for quilting, in general, because of all the precision and planning… but oh, do I love an improv quilt! For this, I started by cutting a bunch of fabrics into randomly sized rectangles, and divided them into 4 piles (front, back, and 2 sleeves) so that the prints would be easily distributed. From there, I grabbed pieces and quilted them together into large squares (16×16″ ish) and joined the squares together until I had panels large enough to cut each section of the coat.
Next, I sandwiched bamboo/cotton batting from my stash between the panels and whatever woven yardage I could find, and quilted it in long vertical rows. I chose black thread because… well… nothing was going to match everything, so I thought black would disappear best! Although it’s quite visible on the paler fabrics, I think the overall effect from far away is quite harmonious. I didn’t use a ruler or set widths, so my quilting is very “organic”.
The pattern is used is Burda Plus and is intended for quilted fabric. The pieces looks absolutely boxy and huge when I printed them out, but it turned out true to size. (As in, I narrowed the centre back while sewing and then has to let out the sleeve seams to give my upper back some extra room!) It has all-important darts, fun raglan seamlines, and a curved seam along the top of the sleeve that gives a really nice fit.
I asked on Instagram if I should finish it with facings or binding… and everyone was right, black binding was the way to go! I like how it frames the mixed prints. I also added snaps for the first time ever – it was so easy and now I want to add them to everything!
I’ve never been much for slow sewing, but this jacket was the perfect project at a stressful time. Each step was easy, but it took many sessions to finish. It stopped me from overthinking the start of the school year, and that’s a serious feat!
I’d like to use the pattern again soon for a pink/black/rainbow eyelash tweed that I just picked up. I’m hoping to a psychedelic Chanel jacket look. Should I quilt that too? Let me know what you think!