Pinterest gets complete credit for my latest make. One of the pinners I follow started pinning all sorts of quilted coats and jackets, and I suddenly became OBSESSED with making something quilted. I mean, just look at how gorgeous those coats are in the photo above, which I found on Pinterest by searching “quilted coat” and “quilted jacket.”
So I set about to making my first quilted coat. I didn’t want to make anything that looked like a puffer or a Burberry jacket…I wanted something more along the lines of Isabel Marant’s quilted coats (inspo photo above on the far right). Kind of Parisian street-style-looking. I chose Vogue Pattern V9123, because I had already made a muslin of it and knew its simple lines would work well for my first foray into quilted garment-making. I found some cotton jacquard and good quality poly charmeuse in the garment district, ordered some Hobbs wool batting, and I was off to the races.
Having already taken quilting lessons (thank you, Sew Right and City Quilter!) and made several quilts, I was able to assemble this coat just over the course of two weekends. I was pleasantly surprised at how fast it came together!
So… I feel about 75 percent satisfaction with this “test” coat. On the plus side, it is so soft and comfy to wear, plus that wool batting layer kept me warm on Monday here in NYC when it was really cold. I technically did a good job with the quilting, construction and binding, yay me. And I’m eager to make another quilted garment. All good.
The 25 percent negative part is from choosing the wrong outer fabric. I thought this print would be retro-chic but, ick, I’m just not in love with it. In these photos I feel it looks a little like grandma’s quilted housecoat. (Granted, the photos aren’t really picking up the nice texture that the cotton jacquard has.) Carlos, designer for Vogue Patterns, told me my coat looked “vintage, but in a good way,” but I think he was just being nice to me. Now I wish I had gone with a solid color and I probably will with the next quilted coat!
Don’t worry, I’ll get a lot of wear out of this coat, just because it’s so comfy. In my next post I’ll give you some tips on making your first quilted garment. Stay tuned!