So I was hugely excited when Grainline Studios released their latest pattern, the quilted Tamarack Jacket. I love the simple shape and the curved hem, and I was keen to try some basic quilting. Quilting quilts has never appealed to me, but I thought this might be fun!
My first big challenge was finding some fabric I liked. I almost picked a slubby linen out, but in the end I chose this black and white double gauze. I’m not sure I made the right choice to be perfectly honest, there’s something about the gauze that I’m not sure works. It was a beast to quilt, thats for sure! I used nearly all of my pins on each piece, and the underneath layer still shifted around in ways I didn’t expect. I used cotton batting, which is lovely and soft but quite dense, so the quilted fabric doesn’t have much drape to it.
The idea of putting welt pockets through my newly quilted double gauze was horrifying to me, but the instructions were really good, and they turned out really neatly. Even the inside looks neat, which I love!
I bound all of the internal seams with more bias tape (so much bias tape in this project!), as the gauze frays like nothing on earth. I cheated a bit, and bound all of the edges (except for the armscye and the sleeve cap edges) before I sewed it together. This meant that instead of starting the binding at the side notches, I started at the top of each side and applied it as instructed. I think I should probably have done it differently, ironing the seam allowances open and flat and then stitching the binding over the whole shebang to keep it flat would have been much less bulky!
I don’t love it done up. I think I might drop the neckline slightly for my next version, and I’ll definitely change the hook and eye closure for something more substantial. I think extending the front edges and overlapping them and inch or so with some press studs to keep it closed would work better.
I actually really like the shape from the back, I thought it would be much more shapeless and bulky looking!
I’m not sure what it is about this version that is making me a bit unsure. I feel like I should really like it, but there is something about it which is making me less enthusiastic that I expected. It doesn’t help that Monsieur said it looked like an oven glove (when I had it turned inside out) and not I can’t unsee the resemblance! I’m definitely planning on making another one, in a plain fabric next time. I think I’ll use wool batting and brushed cotton or flannel for the lining, so it’ll be lovely and cosy for Autumn. I love Bella’s blue version, I think the striped quilting looks better (less oven gloveish) than the diamond pattern I used!
What do you think? All opinions and constructive criticism welcome!