Tamarack love

A review of Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Reviewed by redclyffe on 9th March, 2019

I loved this pattern. At it’s heart it is a very simple make, but if you choose the quilting, welt pockets and snaps – it pushes you towards a much more involved make. I made a muslin, shortened the length, and went up two sizes in the sleeves (one might have been enough, but I was concerned that with the extra bulk from a patchwork, it might get a bit tight). I used the muslin pieces (cutting out new sleeves) as the lining, then a layer of cotton wadding, and sewed strips of fabric down on top of the wadding (the quilt as you go method). I used old jeans, off-cuts from other projects and the rejected muslin sleeves. The piecing took most of the time – sewing up the jacket was a dream, even the welt pockets felt straightforward, thanks to the pattern and the sew along on the website – and I had never made a welt pocket before. The snaps took a couple of weeks to do – 10 days to summon the courage to try, 4 days to find the hammer, and no time at all actually to bang them in. A great make – I really enjoyed slowing down and learning new skills