Story Quilt Jacket
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Instructions provided courtesy of guest Karen Boutte.
new, unwashed sweatshirt with set-in sleeves 1 to 2 sizes larger than normal
fabric stash (unwashed) - 1/4 to 1/2 yard pieces of 30+ fabrics
glass head pins
rotary cutter, ruler and mat
Sulky of America thread (variegated, rayon, cotton, metallic, Holoshimmer and monofilament)
fabric marker (tailors' chalk or fabric pencil)
Orvis quilt soap
photographs for inspiration
- Select a new, unwashed sweatshirt with set-in sleeves (figure A) to use as a foundation. Make sure that the sweatshirt is large enough to account for shrinkage when quilted and washed.
Cut the side seam all the way down the sleeve (figure C). Remove the label from the back of the sweatshirt. Remove the bottom and sleeve ribbing (figure D).
Don't remove the neck ribbing at this time. Turn the shirt right side out, and spread it out on a work surface so you can see front and back and both sleeves.
- Design a "story panel" for the jacket front using selected photographs for inspiration (figure E).
- Beginning with the jacket front, use the decorative sewing machine stitches to add texture, highlight an area or outline a specific motif.
- Turn your garment to the wrong side. Trim off any excess fabric from all sides and "even-up" the edges of your jacket.
- Turn your garment to the right side and lay on a flat surface. Using a tape measure or ruler, measure across the front of the jacket in a least three places to ensure accuracy. Mark the center of the jacket with your chalk marker. Use a straight edge (ruler) to draw a chalk line down the center front of your jacket. Carefully cut the center front open on the drawn line, through the neck ribbing.
- After cutting the center front, sew a small zigzag stitch around the neck area close to the ribbing seam (to prevent stretching). Carefully remove the neck ribbing with scissors. Turn the garment inside out and stitch the side and sleeve seams back together.
- Prepare several yards of binding for the garment. Use either double-fold French binding or single raw edged straight grain or bias binding. While your garment is still flat, sew the binding to each sleeve.
- Turn the garment to the wrong side and pin the side seams from the bottom of the jacket to the cuff. Sew a 1/2-inch seam along the side seams using thread to match the sweatshirt.
- Start at the lower edge of the jacket, and sew the binding all the way around the jacket.
- Place the finished garment in the washing machine with a mild soap. I use Orvis quilt soap. Remove the jacket from the wash and place in the dryer with a couple of bath towels. These help the raw edges to "bloom." Remove your dry jacket, turn on a good movie and clip the excess threads. Your new creation is now ready to wear. Note: When wearing your new jacket, be prepared for the "quilters handshake" and remember to share your story!
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