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Introducing the Hovea Quilt Coat and Jacket!

Introducing the Hovea Quilt coat and jacket sewing pattern! 6 variations, Sizes 0-20 and Curve 14-34

I can’t even tell you how excited I am to introduce you to the Hovea quilt coat and jacket sewing pattern! I first began dreaming of this pattern many years ago, and we started working on it almost two years ago. We’ve put so much love and hard work into this pattern, in fact, I don’t think we have ever put more into a pattern than this! My vision for Hovea was to create a beginner friendly pattern which makers can use to express their creativity and celebrate all the diverse and varied handcrafts they love. Whether it be garment sewing, patchwork, quilting, hand sewing or embroidery I want this pattern to be a celebration of the joy of making things by hand!

Hovea quilt coat sewing pattern pocket details | Megan Nielsen Patterns Blog

Design Details

Hovea is a loose fit drop shoulder jacket & coat.  The pattern features three different lengths for cropped jackets, mid length jackets or coats. A different jacket for every occasion! You know how much I love pockets (pockets are everything!) and this pattern includes some pretty special deep angled feature pockets. We’ve had a lot of fun with those pockets and each view has a slightly different take on the same concept. This pattern started out as a quilted jacket/coat but if quilting isn’t really your thing, or you want a more minimalist jacket, the pattern also includes unlined and fully lined options. When it comes to closures there are two included options for a belt or tie closures. Don’t let this hold you back though! You can easily add a zipper or toggles to the centre front of the quilted views, and adding buttons or snaps to the band collar of the unlined/lined views adds a really fun twist! You’ll be surprised by how different this pattern looks depending on your chosen fabric and stitching style – can you tell I’m excited to show you?!

Hovea Quilt Coat and Jacket Maker Collaboration Team | Megan Nielsen Patterns

Be Inspired by our Guest Makers!

Quilting has such a rich history worldwide – styles of quilting and hand stitching are so varied and with this pattern I really wanted to celebrate and introduce you to as many as I could! I knew from the beginning I wanted to collaborate with makers of different creative disciplines and backgrounds to share their knowledge of quilting and unique perspectives. Every single one of these makers is someone I admire immensely and I’m so grateful to be able to collaborate with them on this pattern. I am honestly so incredibly excited to introduce you to these amazing makers over the next few weeks, and for them to share their wealth of knowledge and hopefully introduce you to some handcrafts and quilting techniques you might not be familiar with.

Until then I highly recommend you follow these incredible makers on Instagram!

Youngmin Lee @youngminlee_bojagi | Introduction to Korean textiles and hand sewing techniques

Wendy Chow @the.weekendquilter | Introduction to quilting concepts

Mari Yamada @nokebility | Introduction to Japanese textiles and hand sewing techniques

Shannon Fraser @shannonfraserdesigns | Tips from a modern quilters first journey into me-made clothing

Manjari Singh @bubblesforpoppet | Introduction to Kantha embroidery and Indian textiles

Amanda Carye @broadclothstudio | Create a quilt block without a pattern

Jodie Tang @scribblygumquiltco | Easy Log Cabin patchwork tutorial

Porfiria Gomez @mrsporfiria | Modern quilting

Natalie Ebaugh @natalie_ebaugh | Whole piece free motion quilting

Introducing the Hovea Quilt coat and jacket sewing pattern! 6 variations, Sizes 0-20 and Curve 14-34

We’ll hold your hand ;)

You might be thinking, hey Meg this is cool but I’m a garment sewer and i’ve never quilted a thing in my life. Or perhaps you are a quilter and have never tried garment making before. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together the most comprehensive sewalong EVER (and I really mean that). We’ll be spending the next few weeks sharing a wealth of information with you and holding your hand through every stage of making your own special quilted coat or jacket. No detail will be left uncovered!

Introducing the Hovea Quilt coat and jacket sewing pattern! 6 variations, Sizes 0-20 and Curve 14-34

Choosing Fabric

Believe me when I say you can use almost any woven fabric you want with this pattern. You can use prequilted fabric with any view. You can use your lovely linings you’ve been saving. Boiled wool, linen, quilting cotton, flannel – you can use them all to different effect. I tried really hard to show you as many options as possible with our samples! We used prequilted cotton; double gauze; light weight, medium weight and heavy weight linens; random scraps from previous samples; boiled wool; wool suiting; and of course quilting cotton!

This pattern looks remarkably different based on your fabric choice, which is something I really love about it! If you’ve got a special fabric you want to use there is a view in this pattern for you. The quilted views of this pattern work really well with light to medium weight fabrics – and of course your fabric scraps are a great choice for a patchwork option! The lined and unlined versions of this pattern work with light, medium and heavy weight fabrics.

Oh and did I mention that with a little care you can make your quilted jacket or coat reversible?! Four of our quilted jacket samples are reversible! It’s like sewing one jacket and getting two ;)

The Hovea sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen includes 6 variations!

Way Too Many Variations

I admit it. I went overboard with this pattern. I tried to hold myself back… but I couldn’t! Sorry not sorry! I love including as much value in my patterns for you as possible and I’m so excited that I could include six variations for you – all of which end up looking so different.

This pattern includes three quilted variations in cropped, mid length and coat length. There is so much room for creativity with how you quilt this jacket! For our samples we did simple horizontal quilting in different widths, chevrons, diamonds, geometric free motion, hand sewn Sashiko and even triangular. We had a lot of fun and so can you! If you’re not really into quilting, or you want to go for a more minimalist look it also includes three lined and unlined variations for cropped, mid length and coat length.

Let’s have a closer look at all those views!

Hovea View A mid length jacket

View A Mid length jacket with optional full lining

This view of the pattern can be made lined or unlined and the instructions include both options. This is a great choice if you’re wanting a minimalist jacket and can be made really warm for winter by choosing wool and a lining, or is a wonderful spring/summer light layer if you choose a light weight fabric. We’ve included ties to close this jacket but you can also sew buttons or snaps for a more cardigan look.

Hovea View B mid length quilted jacketThe Hovea Jacket and Coat sewing pattern from Megan Nielsen has a loose fit for layering in cold weather

View B Mid length quilted jacket

This view of Hovea is fully quilted and all edges are finished with bias binding. We decided to make our samples reversible to get the most use out of them. If you choose this option you basically end up with two jackets! The pockets are deep and roomy and honestly I quite often go without a bag now ;). You can have so much fun with quilt patterns, patchworking and contrast binding for this view. For one of our samples I used all my favourite scraps from past makes to make a patchwork scrap jacket and I just love how it turned out! I can’t wait to make more scrappy patchwork jackets.

Hovea View C fully lined coat with belt

View C Coat with full lining and belt

If you are looking to make a classic winter coat that’s warm, snuggly and chic – this is the view for you! It’s fully lined, hits mid thigh and includes a belt and belt loops. You could easily add more closures to keep it more closed if desired. The pockets for this view are also wonderfully roomy and can be topstitched in place, or clean finished without visible stitching as we have done in our samples!

Hovea View D quilted coat with patch pockets

View D Quilted coat with ties

If you’re wanting to jump on the quilt coat trend – here it is! This coat is like wrapping yourself in a warm quilt which lets be honest, is something we all want right now ;). Like all quilted views this is a blank canvas for adding your own creative flair! You can go with one solid fabric and have fun with your quilting pattern, use up all those pretty scraps I know you have been hoarding to create a scrap jacket, or you can use a beautiful quilt block you love and incorporate it into your jacket. We love using contrast binding on this view to really highlight those pocket edges and hems.

Hovea View E cropped jacket with mini pockets and tiesHovea View E cropped jacket with buttons

View E Cropped jacket with mini pockets

This view of the pattern is cropped and and can be sewn lined or unlined. I know I keep saying that this pattern looks completely different depending of fabric choice and what details you decide to focus on – and I think these samples really show it! For one sample we used pre-quilted fabric added the mini pockets and ties, and fully lined the jacket with a fun contrast lining. One of the details I love in the mini pockets is sewing little divisions in them for your phone or anything else small you want to carry! For our Curve sample we used a double gauze cotton, left off the pockets and sewed buttons to the collar for more of a cardigan feel.

Hovea Curve View F quilted cropped jacketHovea View F quilted cropped jacketHovea View F quilted cropped jacket

View F Cropped quilted jacket

If you want to try a quilted jacket and aren’t ready to commit to a long coat or jacket this might be a good view for you! This view also comes with cute mini pockets which you sew into divisions for storage. For our Curve sample we went for a puffer jacket feel and used really fluffy batting and wide quilting pattern. This would be a really fun one to add an exposed zip to, but as we made this jacket reversible we chose to leave it open. Like any of the other views you can leave the pockets off for a minimal look. I did this for the Sashiko cropped jacket to really let all that handstitching shine! It’s also able to be made fully reversible which we did for our Sashiko sample. Again contrast binding is a really fun detail to add – but you can also go more minimal with a matching binding like we did for our puffer jacket.

The Hovea quilt jacket sewing pattern comes in sizes 0-20 and Curve sizes 14-34!

How Does it Fit?

This pattern has been drafted with an intentionally oversized fit. Quilted Views B, D and F include enough ease to compensate for potential shrinkage that may occur during the quilting process and as a result of quilt batting shrinking in the wash. Lined and Unlined Views A, C and E include enough ease to be worn with a sweater underneath for cold weather. Sleeve lengths are generous to allow for cuffing when worn (we love a cuffed sleeve!).

All the sizes – plus two more!

As with all our patterns Hovea is available in sizes 0-20 and Curve sizes 14-34. Did we mention that our Curve range has been extended and now includes two more sizes? Hovea is one of our first patterns to go up to size 34 and I’m so excited!

Choosing Your Size Range

If you find yourself in the crossover 14-20 sizes and are struggling to choose between the Hovea and Hovea Curve patterns we will have a comprehensive post coming detailing how to choose the pattern that’s best for you.

Introducing the Hovea quilt coat and jacket sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen!

I really hope you enjoy making Hovea and I can’t wait to see all your unique and individual quilt jackets and coats! We’ve worked so incredibly hard on this pattern – I’m tired but I’ve put my whole heart into it; I love it, and I really hope you do too!

If you have any questions about this pattern please let me know in the comments or send us an email at hello@megannielsen.com. We’ve got a long list of inspiration posts and a huge sewalong to share over the coming weeks and I really hope you enjoy them.

We can’t wait to see what you create with the Hovea quilt jacket and coat pattern! Don’t forget to tag your makes #MNhovea and @megannielsenpatterns because we love seeing what you make!

Don’t have the pattern yet?

Order Hovea or Hovea Curve!

Order Hovea today in sizes 0-20 and Curve sizes 14-34

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Karey
Karey
3 months ago

I’d love a quilted coat, but I can’t seem to find the design drawings. I need an FBA so drawings give me a better idea of how they will affect look.

Karey
Karey
3 months ago
Reply to  Meg

Thanks. I had another look and found them, but you have to scroll through lots of images to find them.
I’m size 4-6 high bust, 12-14 full bust, so I will need a 2″ FBA each side. It’s what has put me off doing quilted jacket in the past because no one has designs or instructions for quilting around curve shaping.

Karey
Karey
3 months ago
Reply to  Meg

Thanks Meg. I know how to do FBA. It is how to quilt together fabric and batting layers that are shaped, not flat, that I am not sure about. I am both clothes sewer and quiltmaker, and quilting is normally done on stretched flat layers. The darts resulting from an FBA would have to be sewn first, but then I’m not sure how you would quilt the front.

Karey
Karey
3 months ago
Reply to  Meg

Useful ideas. I’ve done quilt as you go quilts, and you trim batting on each block like that, joining the edges of the batting together with herringbone stitch before you finish quilting over the block joins.
Hand quilting is an interesting idea, but I think if you did it in one section you’d have to hand quilt the whole garment. As a coat/jacket is small compared to a quilt that is not a totally daunting idea. You could actually use the quilting to help shape around the bust, like pad stitching to tailor collars and lapels.
Let us know if you come up with anything else ??

Angela
Angela
19 days ago
Reply to  Meg

Can you explain what you mean by a FBA that leaves the dart intake open? I didn’t see any information about this in the tutorials. Thank you!

Naomi
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18 days ago
Reply to  Angela

Hi Angela! When you do an FBA on a dartless pattern, you essentially create a dart to add extra bust ease. The wonderful thing about darts is that you can actually rotate them to wherever in the garment you would like, and if you rotate them into the hem, or the centre front of an open garment, you don’t actually have to sew them up to achieve the bust ease that the original dart would have created. We have an awesome tutorial here: https://blog.megannielsen.com/2013/01/tutorial-how-to-transfer-bust-dart-location/ which describes the idea of “rotating” a dart a little more and to follow that up, we have another great post on how to do FBAs on dartless patterns (like Hovea), which covers the method of pivoting the dart to the hem and leaving it open here: https://blog.megannielsen.com/2020/07/how-to-do-a-full-bust-adjustment-on-a-dartless-pattern/
I hope that helps!

Angela
Angela
19 days ago
Reply to  Karey

Karey, did you have any success with your FBA? I think I may be about the same size as you but am unsure of how to adjust the pattern. Thank you!

Lilly
Lilly
3 months ago

Hovea looks amazing!! I’ve been wanting to make a quilt coat. I’m thrilled about this pattern.

Will there be a size for kids too?

Wikky
Wikky
3 months ago

Hi Megan,

I just wanted to leave a little note to let you know I am over the moon with this jacket. It is so lovely and versatile! All your hard work is really coming out, I love it! Would like to start one right away but short in time at the moment and need to finish some other projects first. I did buy the pattern though and am dreaming up a version (or 2 maybe ?)

Congratulations on this ‘baby’!

Lots of cheers, Wikky

Ellie
Ellie
3 months ago

Wow what a lovely pattern!!! I’ve got some things cut out I need to finish. Once my WIP pile is cleared I have already bought this and plan to sew it next!!! My grandma was an avid quilter and it’s time I learn a little about the craft!! I love how many variations are included. I can’t wait to read these sew-alongs as they are published, I know I am going to learn so much! Congrats on this pattern launch!

Chantelle
Chantelle
3 months ago

I love this pattern so much. I’m looking forward to trying to quilt something wearable!! I am desperate to recreate the way you’ve styled View D with the Olive green quilted coat, is the model wearing a hacked version of the Opal trousers?

Alicia
Alicia
3 months ago

I really love this new pattern, it looks so cozy for layering.
I love the lined cropped version of the Curve range and am wondering what type of fabric and batting was used.
Are there batting recommendations listed in the pattern notions section?
I’m excited to purchase from a local stockiest and get this whipped up to wear during fall!

Sarah
Sarah
2 months ago

Hi all! I absolutely love the white-with-gray-accents fabric you used for View D. I’ve looked but haven’t found what it is (and if I have missed it I apologize!). Could you share what the specific fabric is?