In a recent post, I described a Tamarack jacket (Grainline Studios) I made from a vintage quilt. I'm so pleased with the result and so now I'm looking for an opportunity to wear it. One vaccine down, one to go!
But it's such a nice basic pattern, I knew I'd want to make it again. It's a cardigan style jacket and, like all the Grainline patterns I've tried, it's well drafted and has a flattering fit. It is slightly shaped through the waistline and longer in back. It has so many possibilities.
In preparation for a class I'm teaching on quilted garments in my Fiber Art Fusion group, I made a vest. This time, contrary to my own aesthetic, I decided to try to make it from a quilter's perspective. Many of the FAF members are mostly quilters.
First I cut the three main pieces from an old cotton flannel sheet, adding about 3/4" all around to absorb the quilting of three layers. Then I did the same thing with a piece of light weight cotton in dark blue. Then I basted the two layers together vertically.
I have just finished a quilt top for a quilt I plan to hang in my bathroom.
So I had a number of random pieces left over from that and so started there. Of course, I still have a number of random pieces left over from this project. It really never ends.
Using a stitch-and-flip approach, I attached pieces in a mostly linear fashion to the two fronts and the back. I knew I would not be happy if it was too scrappy, and that would make it quite stiff. So I planned some boring spaces with large solid pieces.
Then I was ready to put it together. Or so I thought. I had somehow managed to sandwich the dark blue lining between the cotton flannel and the right sides of the two fronts! Dang. Out came the seam ripper. Once I started, it took very little time. Assembling these pieces correctly did not require any re-cutting and so was easy.
Unlike the previous version of the Tamarack, I chose to finish the interior seams with a simple three-thread serger.
Once again, I fiddled with the side seams where they encounter the hem. That's the weak link in this pattern, I think.
I'm fairly happy with the result, but did not make any amazing discoveries concerning a good way to do that. I serged all sides before sewing them together. After sewing them, I trimmed out the back seam allowances and folded the seams to the back. This allowed the front hem to flow nicely, but the back hem is still a little wonky. I graded it as much as I could and it's flat enough.