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Cats & Flowers Tamarack Jacket


Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Before these pictures no longer look seasonal, here is my Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket, photographed during the brief period of snowy weather we had here in Birmingham in December.

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

I’ve been planning to make a Tamarack Jacket for some time, but was waiting to find a pre-quilted fabric, which I haven’t seen on sale very often in the UK. I suspected I would have more luck in Japan, and, sure enough, during a trip to Tokyo last year I found that the large Tomato store in the Nippori Fabric District has a wide selection of pre-quilted fabric (and pretty much everything else too). I picked this dark floral print, which has hidden black cats (see below). I would note that the downside of bringing 4 metres of pre-quilted fabric back from a holiday is that it takes up a lot of case space! For reference, I have found Miss Matatabi the best place to order pre-quilted fabrics online, and their recent sale included a few pre-quilted fabrics.

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

I must have looked at the fabric requirements for a non-pre-quilted fabric, as when I came to cut out a Tamarack Jacket I realised I had (just) enough for two. As it happened, I was planning to make my Mom a Tamarack as a present for her birthday in November; I had purchased a different fabric for my Mom’s jacket, but decided instead to make us matching Tamaracks.

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Having skipped the quilting stage, I assumed this would be quite a quick sew, but the volume of bias binding to be attached (not a favourite task of mine) and the welt pockets mean that these jackets took me quite a bit longer than anticipated (ahem, my Mom’s birthday present may have been delivered a few weeks late).

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Here’s how me and my Mom looked in our matching Tamaracks on Christmas Day. I have some more pre-quilted fabric to sew, and am currently debating between another Tamarack or a quilted bomber jacket – TBC!

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket


Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

15 thoughts on “Cats & Flowers Tamarack Jacket

  1. Love this and it’s looks great on both you and your mom.

  2. These look fab. Such a wonderful print and such a bonus that it is pre-quilted. I think it’s cool that you and your mum have matching jackets x

  3. Happy nee year Charlotte. Love your jackets. Perfect choice. Dark florals are my favourite.

  4. Your jacket is so beautiful. The little cats peeping through the flowers are very subtle and I love them even though I am not usually keen on animal prints. Perhaps some of our fabric suppliers will take your hint and start to offer more pre-quilted fabric. Your trip to Japan did look amazing though.

  5. Love this, the fabric is gorgeous!

  6. Great mom and daughter project! I love the look on both of you, and they look comfy too! Very fun fabric choice as well. Great job!

  7. Your mother must have been thrilled. You look wonderful. Suellen

  8. Such a lovely jacket, and I am deeply envious that you can find fabric like this. The cats are awesome!

  9. Excellent work, does it keep you warm on the colder days with the quilting?

    • It’s relatively cosy, but as the fabric was pre-quilted (and the batting used only thin) it’s not warm enough for really cold weather. I’d say more Autumn outerwear, than Winter

  10. This is gorgeous! I love the quilting.

  11. Oh, your jacket is so pretty and cute!

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