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    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.

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    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 .

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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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    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.

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    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!

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

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    and there are tutorials on you tube

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire123 View Post
    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.
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    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.

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

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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Size:  277.8 KBI 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbie View Post
    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.

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    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....

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