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Padded Jersey Fabric Review by Frankie

As someone who spends most of their time complaining about the cold, inside and outside of the house, padded Jersey Fabric is my idea of heaven. Which is why I was so excited when it came up to be reviewed, I mean its a quilted jersey so I can wear it outside the house but I can also wear it inside the house because its casual enough! The jersey itself is a very stable fabric with almost no stretch, the padding effect is created by a layer of “fluff” being sandwiched between the jersey and the backing. This “fluff” I’m guessing is what makes it such a snugly fabric to work with, and I mean snug. After pre-washing this fabric I popped it into the tumble dryer and when it was finished and I’d pulled it out I came back to find the entire thing wrapped around my five year old. Yep my five year old son had cocooned himself in 3metres of grey jersey and that's where I got the idea to make a jacket of sorts! The pre washing was no issue by the way I popped it in a regular wash and there was no loss of dye or shrinking.

The pattern I decided on was an old one from prima magazine but any soft coat pattern would work well. It had enough style details to convince people it was a coat but was unstructured enough that I would feel like I was wearing a cardigan. Therefore making it a “Coatigan!”

Now the layers of batting do create a bit of a mess when it comes to cutting out because you are basically cutting across the quilting so some of the batting falls out. I was a bit worried about wearing the coat and the inside seams shedding [I had decided not to line it because I thought that might be a bit too toasty]. So I overlocked the edges of all of my pattern pieces before I started construction. Not only did this stop the edges fraying and loosing batting it also meant the inside of my finished coatigan looked really neat and tidy. It only took an extra half an hour but its definitely a step worth taking.

As the body of the jacket is made up of three pattern pieces the front/collar, the side and the back the straight line quilting gave me a chance for some fun cutting out! I decided to cut the front and back with the lines going vertically and cut the sides and the sleeves with the lines going horizontally. This ended up being my favourite detail of the coat and I’m already imagining how you could use this idea to add interest to a raglan jumper.

I also further emphasised the style lines by doing a lot of top stitching. Stitch wise because its such a stable knit I just used the regular straight stitch on my machine with regular thread. The stitches sunk into the fabric in a similar way to top stitching boiled wool. The only real issues I had with the actual sewing was that I needed to use my walking foot to keep everything feeding through evenly, I’m guessing that this is because of the thickness. And that I struggled with some of the top stitching and the hems again this was definitely because of the thickness. Due to this I only did a single turn on the hem, but luckily because of my overlocking it still looks neat.

I did struggle to get my belt loops on because of the thickness but with a bit of grunting and shoving I eventually got them on! I hand stitched my facings down and because of the thickness of the fabric there is no trace of them from the outside.

The jacket is beautifully warm and the Fabric hangs really nicely to say its so thick. The collar sits nicely and I really like that I can wear the jacket open or closed. I wish I had added pockets but I only end up overfilling them and spoiling the way it hangs anyway!

I used the grey colour because I knew the vertical and horizontal lines would show up best but I’m already dreaming of a snugly hoody made up in the black colourway!

I can’t to wear it once the weather gets colder!

Love, Frankie x

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