I had had my eye on the Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio for a while because I still wore my old North Face fleece jacket from college when the weather turned cool in the Fall and I wanted something more adult looking. Thankfully Jen Beeman, the owner of Grainline Studio, announced a new sew-along for this pattern to give me the push I needed to finally make it. The quilting took me the longest and my lining seized up a little bit underneath in the process, so I think next time I make this jacket I’ll cut the lining pieces out slightly larger than the outer fabric.
It all still worked out in the end though. Look how pretty this fabric by Kelly Ventura for Windham Fabrics is?! I love her artwork so much and was so excited to come across this fabric at Michael Levine Fabrics on our vacation to California. While the quilting was the most time consuming part of this project, the welt pockets were the most difficult. I can’t believe in all my years of sewing, I’ve never done a welt pocket! They came out alright though. On my first attempt, I hadn’t sewn far enough past the welt and had to go back and stitch a little further so my corners are a little awkward. Next time I need to double check my markings! I think my they were off on my lining since it had seized up during the quilting process.
We had the perfect weather for this jacket a couple of weeks ago when we went to Greenwood Gardens to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I love the snaps that I had installed by Nancy at Steinlauf & Stoller. They look so professionally done and I didn’t have to run the risk of ruining my new jacket in the last hour! Better yet, Nancy kept complimenting my jacket when I brought it to her which made me feel really good. I bet she looks at things like this all day so she probably knows her stuff, right? I also followed some tips I read on Instagram before making my jacket and made the sleeves a little longer so I could cuff them and show off that beautiful lining fabric.
And here I am flashing you! Underneath I am wearing another one of Grainline Studio’s great patterns, the Linden Sweatshirt. I think I have about a half dozen of them because I’m so obsessed. Next time I make this jacket, I’ll probably use flannel to line it for more warmth. While I love this one, it’s already gotten a little too cold where I live to wear it so it’ll probably be more of a Spring jacket.
Even though I’ve finished my jacket, I’m still loving following the hashtag for the sew-along. Search #TamarackSociety to see some other amazing Tamarack Jackets!
(And if you want some of that chambray fabric for yourself, I bought mine in the NY Garment District but I came across some on sale at Miss Matatabi as well!)