Keen to continue on my quilted coat making odyssey, this is a quilted version of the Square Coat from Yoshiko Tsukiori's Japanese sewing book Easy Cute Straight Stitch Sewing. I made a green felt version of this design last year. The Square Coat is minimal sewing at its best, easy to cut out and very quick to make up. For my second attempt at this pattern I added 5cms to the centre front opening so that it would overlap to fasten, and cut out large patch pockets to better suit the wide quilted lines.
I had two fabrics in mind for this coat, a bright turquoise African Wax print fabric gleaned from eBay and a cheap but lovely teal cotton printed with Marimekko-like black flowers from Fabricland's Hill-Berg range. I couldn't decide which to use for the outside but settled on quilting the plainer teal material and using the bold print for the lining.
|Quilting by night...|
I cut out the lining to exactly match the coat pattern (the coat has no facings), sewed up outer and lining separately then bagged out the lining for fast, neat results. I used two large metal poppers as fastenings.
I think the finished coat also looks good worn inside out!