Julia Wachs is photographed on grass in front of a lake with a DIY quilted coat.

Making a Quilt Coat

Have you ever made a quilt coat? I made one (and my first garment ever!) earlier this spring. I used the Maggie Jacket pattern from Quilting Maggie and the Maggie Block design by The Hackney Quilter. It was such a fun project and came together much quicker than I expected. I would encourage any quilter that wants to dip their toes in garment sewing to try this pattern out!

I used all Carolyn Friedlander Jetty prints and some Kona in Cadet.

Furthermore, after feeling so invigorated with garment sewing once I completed my quilt coat, I felt inspired to make one for my partner. This one was definitely more involved but I still loved the process! I introduced creating buttonholes, making linings, and installing snaps into my sewing repertoire. The coat pattern I used is the Forester Coat by Twig + Tale, and the quilting design is the Garden Paths quilt by Brittany Tunison of White Plains Quilts.

I chose the Forester Coat pattern because I loved the style of it, and it allowed for lengthening. Brian is a tall guy, so I added 3" of length and I think it suits him perfectly. The pattern worked well for the quilted "fabric" I made for the exterior. I used Tuscany Silk batting from Hobbs and a thin but high quality white fabric for the backing from Cotton Couture. The lining is Liberty of London Tana Lawn in Sleeping Beauty. It was the first time I used this amount of Liberty Lawn at one time, and it behaved beautifully. The only adjustment I made was to hand sew the lining to the interior of the coat so it wouldn't roll inward while being worn. That simple change totally fixed the issue.

Us together in our quilt coats! The picnic setup is by my friend Selam at Seattle Luxury Picnics if you're in the area :)

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