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Quilted jackets

I spent Easter bank holiday weekend making myself a quilted jacket after having recently taken an online class on craftsy by Mary Ray.

Ever since I started longarm quilting 7 years ago, I have wanted to make myself a jacket after first seeing some made from sweatshirts on the APQS forum when I first started learning how to longarm.

So as I had a long weekend to "play" with I decided I would attempt to make one.

Fabric on the longarm being pre quilted.  This is just a freehand doodle that I like to quilt with swirls, pebbles and feathers, my three favourite quilting designs.  It took maybe four or five hours to quilt this piece, I found I was slightly short on fabric, so had to sneak back to my studio on the bank holiday to quilt more fabric for the under sleeve panels.
Fabric on the longarm being pre quilted. This is just a freehand doodle that I like to quilt with swirls, pebbles and feathers, my three favourite quilting designs. It took maybe four or five hours to quilt this piece, I found I was slightly short on fabric, so had to sneak back to my studio on the bank holiday to quilt more fabric for the under sleeve panels.
In the course I learned some very nice seaming techniques, which are adaptions of the flat fell seam and a Hong Kong finish. I then also hand stitched the binding flat. I couldn't stand it unstitched. I think it looks great finished this way. Very couture of me! Lol
In the course I learned some very nice seaming techniques, which are adaptions of the flat fell seam and a Hong Kong finish.  I then also hand stitched the binding flat.  I couldn't stand it unstitched.  I think it looks great finished this way.  Very couture of me!  Lol
Construction was challenging as I am not experienced in tailoring or dressmaking.  I once made a suit for an interview, but then I did have my mum to help me at that time living at home.  I was only 19!  Wish I had kept that suit.  Size 6 wouldn't fit but still wish I'd held onto it for memories sake.
Construction was challenging as I am not experienced in tailoring or dressmaking. I once made a suit for an interview, but then I did have my mum to help me at that time living at home. I was only 19! Wish I had kept that suit. Size 6 wouldn't fit but still wish I'd held onto it for memories sake.
The finished jacket fits fairly well, I still need to insert shoulder pads and decide on a button fastening, but I love the result. My family joke that they won't be seen anywhere with me wearing it but I'll try and ignore them!
The finished jacket fits fairly well, I still need to insert shoulder pads and decide on a button fastening, but I love the result.  My family joke that they won't be seen anywhere with me wearing it but I'll try and ignore them!
Well I liked the jacket so much that I decided I would make a second one in a little more traditional quilt design,  one that maybe my family  would find more acceptable!  Lol. The second was much quicker to construct having learned the techniques and now hope that this is now out of my system for a while, because I should really have spent the time finishing the quilt I hope to enter in this years festival of quilts!
Well I liked the jacket so much that I decided I would make a second one in a little more traditional quilt design, one that maybe my family would find more acceptable! Lol. The second was much quicker to construct having learned the techniques and now hope that this is now out of my system for a while, because I should really have spent the time finishing the quilt I hope to enter in this years festival of quilts!
Again, I still need a button, or closure, although I rarely button up jackets it could easily be left bound like this. So from a couple of late nights working on this this week I now have two lovely jackets to choose from. A light wool wadding is pretty warm so it's makes for a nice spring jacket.
Again, I still need a button, or closure, although I rarely button up jackets it could easily be left bound like this.  So from a couple of late nights working on this this week I now have two lovely jackets to choose from.  A light wool wadding is pretty warm so it's makes for a nice spring jacket.


















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