Quilted Jacket – Pauline Alice Ayora

It’s about time that I put my quilted jacket in a blog! I actually got this finished just over a month ago…as with all the things you will be seeing on here soon…I told you I was catching up with posts right?!

A quilted jacket had been on my list for a while but I just hadn’t gotten around to putting the whole process into motion. Just after Christmas, I had signed up for the Topstitch Makers Community and one of their sew-alongs was for a quilted jacket!! I found this to be the perfect opportunity for me to get started on mine. The sew-along was run by Natalie Ebaugh over a series of sessions on a Sunday evening. She gave a couple of recommendations for patterns to use and I chose the Ayora Jacket by Pauline Alice Patterns.

I had just got a few of the fabrics from the Dashwood Studio Hibernate Collection in so I knew that I wanted to use those in some way. One of my favorite things about starting a project at the moment is browsing through that relevant hashtag over on Instagram. The tag for the Ayora jacket is just fabulous! It gave me a lot of ideas about design. I knew that I wanted to experiment with a couple of design ideas and I had read mixed things about the sizing so I did decide to do a toile. Now I did sell out of most of the Hibernate Collection of fabric but I do have a little of the blue clover left. I used this one for some of the panels and my binding.

I started out with my size according to the measurement chart (40) and it ended up being way too tight, particularly over the shoulders. I then tried the size 44 and it felt much better. I was aware that the finished garment would be a touch tighter than the toile because of the thickness of the quilted fabric being used, so even though the 44 toile was a touch too big, I went with it anyway to ensure an oversized + boxy fit. The length was also questionable for me but I decided to stick with the original length for this one.

Each week during the sew-along we tackled a different part of the sewing processed, and even though everyone was at different stages in their own quilted jacket journey, it was nice to have the guidance and to be sewing at the same time as others.

I did decide to make the two sides of my jacket slightly different from each other. For one side, I pieced together rectangular pieces of fabric to create a longer patchwork look.

For the other side, I had originally planned for it to be all floral, but because the bodice jacket piece is one full pattern piece, I struggled to get it to fit onto the 44″ wide fabric. I ended up placing a panel down the center back of the jacket to make it work. I then made the pocket on this side of the jacket match the panel.

The individual pattern pieces were quilted separately before they were stitched together to form the jacket. I did a diagonal quilting pattern and lengthened my stitch length slightly so that it was a touch more visible.

The armscye and the shoulder seams were bound with self- made bias binding. This bias binding went all the way around the edge of the jacket too. This did mean that I excluded the facing piece from the original pattern. Again, this idea came from the hashtag on Instagram.

I absolutely love this jacket and I’ve already worn it so much. I am planning another one for sure but I just can’t decide on the design. I would like a longer one, maybe mid-thigh length, but I would also like a sleeveless one! I would also like one made up with lighter colors….sooooo many options and ideas!!

Just let me know if you have any questions about it!

My, my…. it’s been a while! New Stock!

Once again, I’m trying to be a little more consistent with the blog. I just have so much to share so these blogs are going to be short and sweet for now! I’m getting on a regular rotation with building the stock that I am listing online so I have a few newer things to show you.

Fabric-wise, I have a bunch of newer cottons. I recently got the Perennial Collection by Cassidy Demkov for Cloud9 Fabrics in and it is GORGEOUS! The vintage florals are just so perfect. The whole collection works so well together and I’ve added a few ideas to my own make list using these fabrics.

I also managed to get hold of some of the Robert Kaufman 1/4″ Carolina Gingham in a few Spring colors. Now the lavender and green sold out pretty quickly but I do still have a little bit of periwinkle blue, candy pink and yellow in stock.

I’ve still got to list them online but I did get some Dear Stella Pirate prints, and a nice collection of cotton flannels in. You can shop them on my Instagram and in my Facebook VIP group, and maybe shortly after this blog goes live, they will be online for you too! We’ll see!

There are a few different ways to shop the fabrics and stock that I have in. Obviously, there’s this Threads + Bobbins shop site but I have learnt over the last couple of months that some people prefer other ways to shop. I have just started a private Facebook group, where you can browse what I have in stock and comment or send me a message with what you would like to order. I do tend to put all of my new fabrics there first because it doesn’t take me as long to list them. Same with Instagram. There’s a highlight specifically for shopping fabrics. AND I also very recently started an Etsy shop. So there’s lots of links there for you…let me know your preferred method to shop!

Just a quick thanks to those who do keep going back to look at my blog and order fabric from me! I really appreciate it! Keep checking back for updates, and I’ll be sharing some newer makes with you soon too.

Quick Quilts For Babies

We seem to have a few friends who have just had babies or are about to have them. I always think that handmade gifts are a lovely keepsake and I like to give them whenever I can.  I’ve made a couple of simple blankets in the past and have liked the way that the basic patchwork ones turn out.

We have a new quilting & yarn shop in the next city over from ours…when I say city, it makes it seem like a good old distance to drive but Fairhope is only 10 minutes from where we live.  It has a beautiful downtown area with lots of little independent stores that we like to support.  In The Making opened a few months ago and I believe they have a store open in Birmingham, Alabama also.

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#stitchingsanta update

It’s gone! Sent! Complete!  I really love putting parcels like these together as I find it a good challenge to make the most of the budget and to make some stash busting gifts.

The week before last, I set about with the handmade extras to my gifts.  I didn’t choose anything too big or fancy as I wanted my gifts to be useful to the recipient.

I’m actually thinking of doing more detailed posts about these gifts at the beginning of next year.  Even though I already used tutorials that were available online, I changed things slightly to suit my sewing style and patience!

First up, I’ve made a set of 4 quilted mug rugs/ coasters.  I’ve included a couple of tea bags with this gift as a little extra too.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I seem to use & have coasters all around the apartment so I think that these are quite a useful gift.

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Sunday Sevens #64/65

Phew, how fast have the last couple of weeks gone?! My post last week was MIA due to being busy again and then I completely forgot to do it on Monday and Tuesday, so I moved it forward to a double post today! We are just settling back into our normal routine after Adam’s parents went home on Tuesday. I’m not holding onto the routine part too much though as my parents arrive in a couple of weeks! Anyhow, here are a few photos from the last couple of weeks:

1. Maisy loved having a run on our local bay beach. She also loved rolling in the sand and sea foam…YUK!!

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Sunday Sevens #46

We’ve had a good little week in our corner of the world 🙂 The sale of our house in the UK finally went through so it really has felt like a huge weight has been lifted! Adam ended up having a day off work mid week, which was lovely but really seemed to knock my days about. Anyway, here are my 7 photographs!

1. After a training session last Saturday, we are going back to crate training with Maisy to help with toilet training and separation issues. We are trying to get her to feel comfy in her crate so we are putting her in for her daytime naps. It’s hard because she cries but she has already been so much better in the house and we have left her alone for a few hours without her destroying anything or making a mess! I feel like training is going in the right direction. 🙂

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