This jacket was cut from a 1930s Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. The quilt consists of multi-colored, feedsack hexagon pieces individually sewn into larger hexagon shapes, surrounded by a soft yellow hexagon border. This coat has quite a bit of structure and thicker cotton batting. It is collarless and features an internal pocket.
Length (Back): 25”
About the quilt pattern: Hexagon-shaped pieced quilts have their roots in England, and were popular in colonial America. But this variation of hexagons, building out from a center, really blossomed in the 1920s.
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 quilt pattern:
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.