Finished: “Test” Quilted Coat V9123

Quilted coat inspiration. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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!

Quilted coat made using Vogue Pattern V9123. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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!

Quilted coat made using Vogue Pattern V9123. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Ok, so here it looks a little Isabel Marant-ish on the model. I really like the pockets, by the way. (Quilted black cotton velvet.) I originally planned on making welt pockets but those made the coat look too serious and old. I personally think these big patch pockets are fun (and wonderful to sink my hands in).

 

Quilted coat made using Vogue Pattern V9123. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
I am in love with this charmeuse lining. So wonderful to wear. My favorite part of this coat. Makes me want to make this coat in a solid fabric.

Quilted coat made using Vogue Pattern V9123. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

 

Quilted coat made using Vogue Pattern V9123. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

 

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!

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26 comments
  1. I love your outer fabric (and the lining too)! In all respect, I would say that the contrasting pockets (solid color) are just a bit surprising, may be breaking your retro-chic idea of this print..?

    Well done anyway! And thanks for sharing!

  2. First comment seems right. Change the pockets with a bit of flare (literally) and maybe use the dark color for trim only on the pockets or on them and then off. Coat is great.

  3. Beautiful workmanship on this test coat. I am glad you are wearing it and that it is warm! I look forward to seeing it in a solid version. I notice 2 of your inspiration photos have the quilting diamonds in different sizes…perhaps you might want to try that technique as well? I’m sure it will be fabulous!

  4. Carlos is right. I like it a lot. I would carry a colorful, 80s oversized clutch with it, and wear it with a simple silk blouse or tunic, rolled up jeans and Velcro sneakers from Zara.

    1. Thank you, Julie!

  5. How about dyeing it? Yay or nay?

    1. Hi Kyle! No to dyeing, though it’s a fun idea. This is really just my beta version coat and I’d prefer to spend more time on the 2.0 version at this point.

  6. I think it’s a wonderful jacket. If you wanted to remove the patch pockets and add them in the side seams or as welts you might like it better. Or if you really want the patch pockets make them from the same fabric and just add a layer of the black binding to the top of the pocket. All unasked for advice but I just want you to love this amazing coat since you’ve put so much hard work into it!

    1. Hi Carolyn! I originally intended to make the pockets as welts or something more subtle as you suggested, but that made the coat look too serious and more like something I ordered from Coldwater Creek (ick). Hence the big bold pockets.

  7. Thank you for the inspiration! I just started Googling images and was reminded that I saw a jacket on the commuter train that had a quilted yoke. And the thing that stuck with me was the pattern the stitching made: houndstooth. I am off to finish figuring out how to do that as a continuous line. Then to choose the right fabric. And lining. I think I have some nice thin batt around here somewhere big enough for at least a jacket. Seriously, well done Meg. Considering this is just your first go and it is absolutely wearable – I’d call it a win.

    1. Thank you, Nia! Ok, I’ll call it a win too. 🙂

  8. I really like the fabric and how it turned out. Not so fussed with the pockets – to me they stand out too much. Looks so cosy.

    1. Hi Vicki! The pockets are my favorite part, actually. They are so soft and warm to stick your hands in. They have a quilted design that’s hard to see in the photos.

  9. So glad you’ll be posting on how to do a quilted coat. I’ve wanted to make one for a long time.

    1. Hi Mary! It’s not going to be a step-by-step tutorial but it will have enough tips to get you started. If you’ve quilted before that will be really helpful to you.

  10. Your coat is lovely…but I think if you change your quilting pattern ie straight line, both vertical and horizontal…it will be more modern…the diagonal quilting is like bedspread or housecoat….maybe even have some negative space in your quilting….vertical lines every inch, then a 2 or 3 inch vertical space, then pick up your 1″ vertcal stripe again…..many professional quilter’s will make a paper pattern to try out quilting designs or use thin clear plastic, place over fabric and use vis-a vis pens which can whiped off and start again.
    Love your post, and good luck….

    1. Hi Laura! Good suggestions. The diamond quilting pattern originated because the print is actually a diamond pattern. If/when I make this coat in a solid then I will definitely try some more interesting quilting lines, like the Isabel Marant inspo coat.

  11. Wow! Wow! Never quilted. Never made a coat. Beginner sew ist. But I love the quilted coat. I work in a habby shop and have one quilters block pack to try as a starting point as I want to be able to help my customers more. Totally inspired now. I am not in to making quilts at all but now I can see a future for my quilting adventure! No need to just make quilted pot holders, place mats or purses. Yay! Love it. Thanks!

  12. I get what you mean, but it looks really cool on a real person! I love the idea and am interested to give this a whirl! I sew a ton but never quilted, so I’m excited for the next post.

  13. I can’t wait for your next post. I LOVE this pattern and the way you quilted it
    Properly!

  14. I adore the coat! Love the printed outer fabric, love the modern, soft, quilted patch pockets! LOVE the lining, and that you used wool batting, makes it so warm, yet lightweight! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. I think it looks fine in the print and just needs to be “styled”. With black pants, boots, gloves and a chunky black scarf, it will look different. All by itself, it looks lonely.

  16. Hi Meg, thanks so much for posting this! I’ve had two quilted denim coats in a similar style pinned on Pinterest for ages. Seeing your coat has made me buy the pattern, I really want to make this. A post-Christmas project for me I think.

  17. I really, really love your coat. The outer fabric is lovely. I am inspired to make one just like it for myself. You did a great job.

  18. QUILTING–LOVE IT! As you can see, you have given us all something to think about. Can’t wait to see what you do next. Wonderful job!:)

  19. This coat is geourgeous – WOW!! I wouldn’t chang a single thing. I love it , so “scandinavian” style. Just put it on my “have to do list”

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