What's Dom been sewing this week?

I feel really privileged to be able to share one of my sewing projects with all of you so first of all – big thank you to Lisa!

One of my most popular recent projects has been this ikat quilted jacket so I thought it would be a great one to tell you about.

I have worked out the pattern myself but it’s easy enough and quite straightforward so if you’ve completed the Ultimate Shift Dress, it’s pretty much the dress cropped in half!! It’s basically a simpler version of the Coco Jacket with less pieces which make the jacket less fitted and it has a bit more of a box shape.

I used this beautiful ikat fabric from Cloth House in Soho, one of my absolute favourite fabric shops (a bit pricey though…). I knew I wanted a quilted jacket, and always loved ikat, the idea just came together when I saw the fabric.

After cutting all the fabric pieces, I drew all the quilting lines using tailor’s chalk. I definitely needed a guide to make sure all these lines would be at even distance and the angles would be sharp (probably what took the longest in this project!). I quilted the pieces first using a soft cotton wadding, making the jacket a little warm for this weather but it’s still light weight enough for the chilly English summer evenings.

The construction is pretty simple, a couple of bust darts and straight edges. I’ve shortened the sleeves to just above the wrist and curved the wrists for a more casual look.

I used soft grey cotton lining as I think it’s a lot more cosy than synthetic and also a bit more breathable. I binded the edge with a black ribbon and then embroidered it with a fancy geometric stitch (no 24 on the Janome CXL301) – accentuating the ethnic look of the jacket.

Hope you’ll like my project! Looking forward to your feedback next time I see you at SOI!

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