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Dressmaking and Quilting Dresses and Quilted Coats

Dressmaking and Quilting is how I spent last week. I have been making dresses and quilting coats. This is my work in progress.

Quilted Coats

Mainly this has been a hand stitching project this week. I am near completion on the back of this new quilted coat but far from finished. This particular coat will feature in the forthcoming ‘Quilted Coats ecourse’. It is a piece of fabric that lends itself well to embellishments such as hand stitch, beading and yoyos. The latter are my new found joy.

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Hand stitched and embellished quilted coat. A Karen Platt design.

The pattern will be available in the new ecourse and this is the third quilted coat to be included. I have not decided if it is the last.

The second quilted coat is still in construction. I finally bought the thread for it and I have also cut the linings for the front. I just have to be brave enough to start quilting now. It takes courage!

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Second Quilted Coat

Dressmaking

It almost seems strange to do dressmaking without quilting, but I have sewn a dress and almost finished a second one. I am very proud of my topstitching around the neck. I did not really have the confidence, but then thought ‘go for it’ and it was a success. This is William Morris Moda fabric.

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My William Morris dress

The front of the second one was stitched together quite some time ago. When I had finished the other one, made with a pattern, albeit altered to fit; I realised how to finish the second one. The back was finished today. So there is just the neckline, armholes and hemline to do. A doddle.

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Second dress almost complete

I am not a natural dressmaker, so this is quite an achievement. The dresses join the one I made last year, which I am wearing today. Each design is different. This week I discovered a wonderful quilted dress on Instagram, so maybe I might make a quilted dress.

Next Plans

Usually people want to know what Karen did next (Ha ha! What Katy did next was a favourite childhood book). Should I reveal all? It might be nothing more than finishing projects – after all there is the blue dress and quilted coats to finish. There is also the blue velvet coat that goes with that blue dress that I seem to have been making forever.

Will I have time to start something new? Tune in next week to see if I have a new project in my dressmaking and quilting life. I might just have.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021

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Quilted Coat Completed Project Making Clothes

Quilted Coat completed project is actually two projects in one. This is not only the quilted coat itself, the first one I have made and completed. In addition it is part of an ecourse on making quilted coats. If you love quilting and enjoy making clothes, or even if you have never made anything before, take a look at my existing Making Quilted Jackets and shortly you’ll be able to buy Making Quilted Coats.

THE FINISHED PROJECT

Now I can reveal the quilted coat completed project. Maybe I could claim it is three projects in one because this coat is not only quilted, it is fully reversible. That was a first for me, making a reversible garment. With my easy to follow pictorial instructions, this is a breeze to make. I am so happy with the finished coat.

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One side of the reversible quilted coat
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the other side of the reversible quilted coat

WHERE TO FROM HERE?

I seem to have more projects than hands. A team of little mice is needed to come in and do the sewing whilst I am asleep. The other quilted coat I have already stitched the quilt top for is awaiting some new thread. So that is in the pipeline. Two dresses are almost completed – they are both simply dressmaking and sewing, not quilting.

A few days ago I got a piece of my Cathedral Windows Quilting out, when I showed it on Instagram, everyone fell in love with it. It would make a panel for a quilted coat. It needs some thought as I would not be cutting into it.

Today, I cut the front and back of another coat. It was originally a curtain in my last home and has lived in a drawer, unused for seven years. It was therefore use it or lose it time. I plan to hand stitch this one and make some handmade embellishments.

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Tune in next Monday and see how far I have progressed.

Words, work and copyright Karen Platt 2021