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reversible quilted jacket

mthome | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I want to quilt a reversible jacket but unsure of how to quilt (machine) sleeves once it is all together. Has anyone made one before?


  1. cafms | | #1

    Look at Threads #103 Oct./Nov. 2002.  There is an article on quilting garments that might be helpful.  It is on my wish to do list but haven't gotten it done.  I have done a Chanel jacket and the quilting that goes with it.  Threads #121 has Susan Khalje's article and  techniques for the Chanel jacket.

  2. MaryinColorado | | #2

    http://www.nancysnotions.com do a search under "patterns"  then "jackets"  There are several styles of quilted jackets there.  Hope you enjoy the process, it sounds like a fun project! Mary

  3. Josefly | | #3

    Do you mean you're planning to quilt the sleeves after they've been sewn into the jacket? Are you thinking of doing this because you want to treat one side of the sleeve like a lining, so that the seams don't show? I can't imagine how you could get the sleeve into your machine to do the quilting at that point, but maybe someone else has done this who can help you. Another option would be to quilt the sleeves before installation, then treat the seam allowances in the manner of the double-fabric seams demonstrated in this month's Threads - by separating the layers along the seam allowances, stitching one side, then turning other seam allowances under and hand-stitching. I have a quilted jacket that is reversible. The seams of the sleeves are trimmed, bound with narrow bias tape and stitched down - it's a ready-to-wear jacket - and it looks fine done that way. The side seams are pressed open, then bound with the bias tape and stitched down. On the other side, of course, nothing but the stitching shows.

  4. meg | | #4

    I think you're going to have to quilt the fabric before constructing the jacket. Even with a free arm machine, I don't know how you'd quilt all the way toward the sleeve cuffs. Plus, the action of quilting can draw up the fabric, and you'd end up with a jacket which you couldn't wear.Cut out your pattern pieces with a larger seam allowance, say about an inch all the way around. Machine quilt those pieces, then lay out the pattern tissue pieces on your quilted parts and trace around the pattern piece, marking the seam lines. You'll want to pick out the stitching from the edge of the quilted piece back to the stitching line and knot and bury the thread tails. Now you can put together the jacket pieces. (Stitch just fashion fabric side, keeping the lining part free.) Use the longer seam allowances (or trim them to an amount you're comfortable working with) on the lining part to turn under the seam allowance and hand stitch the lining closed. This is just my pre-dawn thought; perhaps someone else has a better idea! Good luck.

    1. damascusannie | | #5

      Meg's perfectly correct--the process of quilting will significantly reduce the size of the cut pieces. When I make quilted clothing or bags, I always make a quilted fabric and then cut the pattern pieces from it.

      1. mthome | | #6

        Thanks to everyone for the great ideas and advice.  This is my first time posting and I am excited about trying all the great feedback you have provided.

        1. damascusannie | | #7

          Welcome to the group--I've only been here for a few months, but it's a great bunch of ladies. Love your name!

        2. MaryinColorado | | #8

          Welcome to the forum!  I look forward to hearing more from you.  Hope your project is a great success!  Have fun learning the process and take your time!  Mary

        3. Ceeayche | | #9

          Okay we're looking forward to you seeing your final result!

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