When I decided to create the Patchwork Chore Coat, I knew that I wanted to be able to make the coat reversible. A reversible coat opens up so many possibilities! Two looks in one! Once I figured out a good binding technique, I needed to decide what I wanted my reversible coat to look like. For the outside of my coat, I chose the Modern Crossing Quilt pattern and decided to sew it up in Essex Linen. I love how muted it looks. It has a soft, worn vintage feel to it that I love. Linen has a really great weight and softness so I knew for a coat it would end up looking like something I pulled out of my closet that had been passed down through the years.
Modern Crossing comes with two sizes – baby and throw, and each size has different size blocks. I chose to make the throw size Modern Crossing quilt. I knew that I wanted the coat to have a randomized look to it, and the throw size would achieve that – someone looking at it right away might not recognize it as a Modern Crossing quilt, instead it would have an appealing scrappy/pulled together effect.
For the reversible side, I decided to make a ton of scrappy stars. My vision was a coat that fit into the 1970’s. I just couldn’t get that idea out of my head. I pulled a ton fo fabrics from my stash. Some actual vintage fabrics, some solids, and some old Cotton & Steel prints. There’s some really great Cotton & Steel prints by Kim Kight that have the perfect 1970’s vintage feel. They fit in so well with the actual vintage prints!
Once I had all the fabrics, I used my Accuquilt and the 8″ Qube to cut out the pieces I needed for my stars. From each fabric I cut out the star fabric and the background fabric, then I mixed them up within the quilt top. I love using my Accuquilt, especially for flying geese (like the ones in the stars below) because they require no trimming! It makes cutting a ton of different fabrics for a scrappy quilt fast and fun. All my blocks are 8″ finished sawtooth stars. I ended up using over 40 different fabrics!
And the finished coat! I love love love how it turned out! Although my measurements fall into the Small size of the Patchwork Chore Coat, I decided to make a Medium size in this jacket because I wanted to have a slightly oversized fit.
I’m glad I went oversized, this coat looks so good with skinny jeans and boots! I had so much fun taking pictures in my new coat, and it quickly became my favorite Patchwork Chore Coat version I’ve made so far.
When you get tired of wearing it one way? Flip it out and wear it the other side! One coat – two looks! How much fun is that? For my inner binding I used a light colored chambray. For me it fit with the 1970’s vision I was trying to achieve.
I’m now brainstorming other fun reversible options I could do for my next coat! If you want to make your own, I offer a 6-week Quilt Coat Course where I walk you through making a reversible Patchwork Chore Coat! Find all the information about the course here. What would your reversible coat look like?