This coat features indigo and black 8 point stars, highlighted in turkey red. The original quilt hails from the late 19th century, and the fabrics are extremely soft (and show wear). There are two front patch pockets and a rounded, oversized collar.
Length (Back): 26"
About the quilt pattern: The 8 Point Star is one of our oldest quilt block patterns; stars were both religious and wayfinding symbols. This is not an easy pattern to sew and required a lot of precision with each point--an 8 Point Star quilt that laid flat showed how skilled the quilter was.
DESIGN & FIT
Cut and sewn in the style of a traditional chore coat or barn jacket, m.a.b.e.l's quilt coats are made from vintage "cutter" quilts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Unless otherwise specified, all the original quilts are 100% cotton with cotton batting and handstitched.
m.a.b.e.l’s quilt coats are generously sized and can be worn slouchy or true to size. The Dolman sleeves allow for ample room and layering. Depending on your height, the jacket hits from mid to low hip. There is no front closure. The sleeve cuffs are wide enough to fold back.
About the quilts
m.a.b.e.l loves old quilts, and we're inspired by the workmanship and creativity of their original makers.
Some quilts have surface damage, missing patches, or holes. We’ve hand-mended and reinforced those spots, using cotton and linen threads and reusing scraps and other patches from the same quilt. Please see close-up photos for details of this mending.
We mend ‘sashiko-style,’ meaning the mending stitches are visible. Sometimes we use threads that match the area being mended. Other times we use a contrasting thread.
We thoroughly wash each quilt (before cutting) and garment (after sewing), but keep in mind that most garments have some discoloration or slight staining. It’s part of the story.
Your piece is meant to be worn A LOT, and washed when needed. We have machine-washed each piece after sewing on the gentle cycle. You can do the same.