There’s a new quilted coat in the works! One of the top comments/questions I get about my jackets is “What steps are involved in the planning process of a handmade quilted coat?”
Given how much fabric it takes to stitch one up, I get the interest.
Since I’m about to dive into making a new quilted coat, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to walk you through the steps I took to plan this quilted coat out. Moreover, this one is intended for my mum and she had very specific requests for her quilted jacket 😉
In today’s post, I walk you through how this project came to be, how I involved my mum, and how we arrived at the final fabric selection for her custom Hovea Coat featuring the Etched Diamond Quilt x Hoave Coat Pattern Extension for a little added quilty flare!
Let’s dive in!
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How this Project Came to Be
It was back in the early Fall of 2022 while I was on a call with my mum when she changed the subject and got to the point: “Shannon, I’d like you to make me my own quilted coat.”
I’d just finished making this Ombré Jade version and wasn’t planning on making another one until the Winter Quilted Coat Workshop (sold out).
I didn’t really have planning another coat on my radar, but I could tell that she was excited, and she seldom asks me for anything (Butterfly pillow aside 😉), so, I couldn’t possibly say no!
After my experience with my BFF’s coat (aka the Ombré Jade coat), I wasn’t expecting my mum to have a very specific colourway in mind. But she most certainly did! And I was happy that I took the time to include her in the process rather than just assume she wanted me to take the lead.
It didn’t take long before she sent me a colour pull!!
To sum it up, my mum essentially requested a Hovea Coat with the patchwork featuring the Etched Diamond Quilt x Hovea Coat Pattern Extension that showed off a mix of purple, turquoise, and navy in deep jeweled tones.
This was probably my mum’s least favourite step in the design journey: taking her measurements! But it’s a critical step to make sure I get the size and fit right.
The great news is that the Etched Diamond Quilt x Hovea Coat Pattern Extension covers both coat patterns, so rest assured the patchwork details will fit within your coat size.
The Research & Planning
Knowing that my mum wanted cool jewel tones in purples, turquoise and blue, I set out to find possible fabric options to meet that requirement.
This is where I love having my Colour Cards on hand. It was through having these swatches that I was able to quickly sift through them and realize my initial thought of featuring the Eggplant Essex Linen wasn’t really going to meet what my mum was requesting.
With my mum’s love for purple, I set out to find lining fabric options that would coordinate with the exterior jeweled-toned turquoise and purples.
Normally I work from the outside in, but I’m so happy I worked ‘backwards’ as this step took quite a bit of time.
There are plenty of purple fabric prints out there, the challenge is whether the motif, value, scale, and shades are appropriate.
At one point, it felt like I was trying to find a needle in a haystack.
I decided not to time myself and this is probably a good thing as I know I spent hours upon hours scouring the web for possible candidates.
There were several rounds of options that I sent my mum and, the good news is, she knows what she wants.
The bad news is most of what I was sending her she didn’t like – ha!
As soon as we landed on some options that she was happy with, I built the final exterior fabrics from there.
The Fabric Plan
After all that research, consultations, and planning, I finally set out to do some shopping.
Turns out, there’s a shop on my way up to the lake where I was able to pop in and purchase:
Come Shopping with Me (Video)
The Thread Plan
While my mum was in town for Easter, I had the chance to bring some fabric swatches and my thread colour cards, and a few spools to finalize her thread options.
I had suggested using this blue Aurifil Thread to coordinate with the background fabric and this mauve Aurifil Thread for the lining.
Once again, my mum had very specific ideas and requested a deep purple for the lining. I mentioned this would show through and she said she understood and wanted it to be a feature/pop on the inside!
She also requested a deep purple for the big stitch hand quilted binding that I’ll be doing (tutorial on how to big stitch hand bind here!)
So, that’s the plan! I love that this project is a true combination of my mum’s preferences mixed in with a little bit of my guidance and research.
I’m excited to see this latest Hovea coat featuring the Etched Diamond Quilt x Hovea Coat Pattern Extension come to life!
As you can see, there were quite a few steps and consults involved in the planning of this quilted coat. Let me know if there’re any questions that pop up for you and I can address them further in the comments below!
PS if you’d like some company while stitching up your own quilted coat, then come join the
Spring (sold out) or Fall virtual quilted coat workshops! Or, take it at your own pace with the video-on-demand Quilted Coat Course.
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