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Claire123 11-06-2019 08:49 PM

Quilted Jacket
 
Has anyone ever made or even started a quilted jacket or other clothing item? How did you begin? Any ideas on choosing a pattern?
What did you do about lining and batting? I'd love to see any pictures you have, even if the items are things you made quite awhile ago.

Tartan 11-06-2019 08:54 PM

Years ago, I did a jacket from a XXL sweat shirt. You cut open down the front and opened up the sides and arm sleeves. Then you kind of stitched and flipped fabric to cover the sections. At the end you restitched the seams and added a zipper to the front. It wouldn’t have won any prizes in a fashion show but it was okay .

dunster 11-06-2019 10:05 PM

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I made one in a class. The teacher provided a very simple pattern for the jacket. It was quilted to batting if I remember correctly, and lined with a slippery fabric that might be acetate. Sorry I don't remember more. The cool thing about the class is that we learned several new techniques.

Moira in N.E. England 11-07-2019 01:33 AM


Originally Posted by dunster (Post 8323879)
I made one in a class. The teacher provided a very simple pattern for the jacket. It was quilted to batting if I remember correctly, and lined with a slippery fabric that might be acetate. Sorry I don't remember more. The cool thing about the class is that we learned several new techniques.


Love your jacket - it’s unique! I hope you wear it.

Moira in N.E. England 11-07-2019 01:35 AM

I will follow this post with great interest as I’ve always wanted to quilt something I can wear.

Tartan - that’s a great idea!

grma33 11-07-2019 02:54 AM

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i made a rag sewed strips of flannel with seams on the outside no linning or batt

Gale

KwiltyKahy 11-07-2019 03:08 AM

and there are tutorials on you tube

AprilM 11-07-2019 04:25 AM

I did the sweatshirt one like Tartan did - ok, well, it is like 75% done on a hanger in the closet right now. I think itís #17 on the UFO list, so i do intend to finish it! I used a batik jelly roll for mine.

feline fanatic 11-07-2019 04:49 AM

Dunster, your jacket is positively drool inducing gorgeous. I wish a class like that would come around here.

juliasb 11-07-2019 05:20 AM

About 12-15 years ago I made a quilt that I decided I did not like as it was. So I turned around and made a jacket out of it. The biggest challenge was the sleeve seams and that took a bit of time to figure out because of the bulk. I don't recommend making a queen size quilt just to cut it up that way. The weight was very taxing on the hands with the cutting thru all 3 layers at one time then sewing 6 layers together at once. I won't do it again. The jacket is hanging in a closet somewhere now.

bjgallent 11-07-2019 08:07 AM

I made one that was a block of the month. One piece was the front, another the back, etc. Each piece was a small quilt to be cut up for the jacket. The pattern and fabric was from The Quilted Closet. Don't know if they are still in business or not.

SuziSew 11-07-2019 08:37 AM


Originally Posted by Claire123 (Post 8323866)
Has anyone ever made or even started a quilted jacket or other clothing item? How did you begin? Any ideas on choosing a pattern?
What did you do about lining and batting? I'd love to see any pictures you have, even if the items are things you made quite awhile ago.


You might want to see if there is a LQS that has classes. I know some in my area has them from time to time.

Quilter 53 11-07-2019 08:57 AM

I was gifted the pieces to finish up a quilted jacket. The original owner must have outlined her jacket pattern on her material and then quilted the material to the batting before cutting it out. Lining was separate. The quilting pattern was really lined up well because the front edges and bottom hem area and the bottom of the sleeves have a 1 1/2 inch wide tight bubble pattern and the rest has a loop de loop pattern. When stitched together all of the quilting lines will match up. However, the difficulty started when she tried to add inset pockets and cut out the pocket opening before stitching the binding and inner pocket. What is that kind of pocket called? Anyway, it was given to me and I was hoping I could figure it out, but the opening that was cut is way too big and I can't come up with a solution yet. It is sitting in the bottom of my "to be sewn" costume pile waiting for inspiration.
I'll see if I can get a picture later today. It really would have made a great jacket for someone.

Claire123 11-08-2019 01:21 AM

Thank you, everyone, for sharing your thoughts, pictures and jacket stitching experiences.
Dunster, , I love yours! Please wear it - it will go with everything.

Mkotch 11-08-2019 03:35 AM

If you do make one based on a sweatshirt, make sure the sweatshirt is a whole lot bigger than the size you usually wear. I made a gorgeous one using an XXL sweatshirt, but it was way too small. So I gave it to my sister. She loves it and I admire it everytime she wears it!

bneuen 11-08-2019 03:46 AM

Several years ago I made a jacket out of a sweatshirt that had raglan sleeves. I just bought a regular size sweatshirt and then did Bargello strips probably about five or six columns across. I just sold the strips together and then so that onto the front of the jacket after I had cut the front of the sweatshirt open. Did some binding along the frontTo finish it. Pretty easy to do and very comfortable to wear. I get compliments on it all the time.

lindaschipper 11-08-2019 04:01 AM

I would think that wearing a quilted jacket after it's been washed a few times would be like wearing an old friend....so warm and comfortable to be around.

lynnsv 11-08-2019 04:14 AM

Over 20 years ago I had a book called jacket jazz. It showed you various techniques for quilting fabric and assembling them into a jacket. Not sure if it’s still available but it was a lot of fun.

Gerbie 11-08-2019 04:24 AM

Dunster, I love your jacket, I would love to have the pattern for this beauty. Do you by chance remember where it might be found? You always show such beautiful items that you have made. I love the button technique on the sleeve and the prairie point yoke on the back. Thanks for sharing.

bkay 11-08-2019 04:30 AM

Jacket Jazz is available on Amazon as is Jacket Jazz Encore. I believe they are both used books, but Jacket Jazz appears to be available for little more than postage.

Mumto2 11-08-2019 05:13 AM

Close to 30 years ago I made one by sewing strips of fabric onto a men’s dress shirt. So no pictures. Can’t remember where I got the idea. I made it for me but never wore it much so moved it to my mom’s house and sh enjoyed wearing it.

Battle Axe 11-08-2019 06:01 AM

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[ATTACH=CONFIG]619419[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]619420[/ATTACH]I just love this jacket. I bought this 21 years ago and have just about worm it out. The pattern came from Lolly's and whoever made it (not me) embellished it with lace, lamae and buttons. I've tried and failed to recreate it.

dunster 11-08-2019 08:24 AM


Originally Posted by Gerbie (Post 8324311)
Dunster, I love your jacket, I would love to have the pattern for this beauty. Do you by chance remember where it might be found? You always show such beautiful items that you have made. I love the button technique on the sleeve and the prairie point yoke on the back. Thanks for sharing.

It wasn't a published pattern. The instructor had paper patterns (on butcher paper I think) for several different sizes. We copied her patterns and she helped us adjust things like sleeve length.

DonnaC 11-08-2019 08:57 AM

Jacket Jazz and Jacket Jazz Encore are two different books by Judy Murrah. I took a class with her years ago and made a jacket and I have another one started, but I keep looking at it and thinking it's really not something I would wear anymore! I don't wear the original one because now it's (cough cough) a little too small.... :)

Quilter 53 11-08-2019 12:04 PM

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AprilM 11-08-2019 12:39 PM

Love your quilting, quilter 53!!!

cashs_mom 11-08-2019 01:33 PM

I have made a lot of them. I'm not sure I have an photos on this computer. I may have to wait to post photos until I get home. My best advice on pattern is something simple with simple lines. Let your piecing/applique/quilting be the focal point. Don't use batting. You always end up looking fat when you use batting. I use flannel in some jackets, others I piece directly on to a twill backing.

I don't have pics here, but here's a thread on one jacket I made https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...t-t285622.html

And here's another https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...t-t281582.html

When I make a piece of clothing that's pieced. I cut whatever base fabric I'm going to use (flannel or twill) to shape and then place it on the design wall. I make my blocks and place them on the backing to shape. That way I don't end up making a lot of blocks that are just cut off. I have even use small pieces I cut off the block on one part to fill in a small place on another part. It saves a lot of time and work that way.

osewme 11-08-2019 01:41 PM

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I made this one around 2001/2002. A quilt shop was having a class on it & my friend talked me into taking it. Since I'm not good with color selections, I saw a finished one in the shop with this color theme so I went with it. Some day I would like to make one that I could wear more "year round". I start wearing this one in November & keep wearing it through the middle of January & get lots of compliments on it. You make it with fat quarters, muslin for the "batting" and a lining. I put two little square pockets on the inside of each side as I need pockets in everything I wear. :) It looks great with anything from jeans to nice black skirts.

Kassaundra 11-08-2019 01:55 PM

I have made 2 pieced and quilted neck ties for my husband. I am in the process of figuring out a way to make myself a shirt that will have pieced and quilted elements (also a skirt that has elements but not fully quilted) It is not far enough along for actual pictures yet though.

sylviasmom 11-08-2019 04:42 PM

bjgallent--The Quilted Closet is no longer in business. Closed several years ago.

Darcyshannon 11-09-2019 12:00 AM

I have seen simple jackets quilted and the sweatshirt method. It depends on how polished you want the finished look.

Moira in N.E. England 11-09-2019 01:19 AM


Originally Posted by cashs_mom (Post 8324536)
I have made a lot of them. I'm not sure I have an photos on this computer. I may have to wait to post photos until I get home. My best advice on pattern is something simple with simple lines. Let your piecing/applique/quilting be the focal point. Don't use batting. You always end up looking fat when you use batting. I use flannel in some jackets, others I piece directly on to a twill backing.

I don't have pics here, but here's a thread on one jacket I made https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...t-t285622.html

And here's another https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...t-t281582.html

When I make a piece of clothing that's pieced. I cut whatever base fabric I'm going to use (flannel or twill) to shape and then place it on the design wall. I make my blocks and place them on the backing to shape. That way I don't end up making a lot of blocks that are just cut off. I have even use small pieces I cut off the block on one part to fill in a small place on another part. It saves a lot of time and work that way.


Thank you for your advice - your tips are very helpful. I would love to make a quilted waistcoat/vest for myself and had wondered if batting should be used.

Your coats are beautiful!

fairydawn 11-09-2019 08:13 AM

I have also made a jacket on a sweatshirt. I loved it but it was to big so I gifted it to a friend. I would think you could use most any pattern to make one, just quilt your pieces on a light weight foundation and cut them out according to pattern.

cashs_mom 11-09-2019 09:00 AM


Originally Posted by Moira in N.E. England (Post 8324692)
Thank you for your advice - your tips are very helpful. I would love to make a quilted waistcoat/vest for myself and had wondered if batting should be used.

Your coats are beautiful!

Thank you, Moira, and you're welcome. If you have any questions, just pm me. Wearable art has been the focus of my sewing for many years. I've been doing quilts the last couple years but i'm feeling like it's time to do another jacket.


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