Ok guys, Meg has spoken a little bit about the huge volume of content we have coming your way for the Hovea sewalong (it’s very exciting!). Unfortunately (or fortunately) the inspiration & ideas for the Hovea Quilt Coat & Jacket we’ve gathered for you in today’s post hasn’t turned out to be any less voluminous! Honestly, when we were compiling all of the different images and ideas, we just found it impossible to narrow it down! By the end of this post I’m sure you’ll agree there is no end to the different ways you can make your Hovea pattern. I’m so excited to hear which ones you all love the most, let me know in the comments which take is your favourite! Let’s get into the ideas : )
The name of the Hovea Quilt Coat & Jacket says all you need to know about this particular inspiration…it is a quilted coat or jacket pattern after all! The main focus for this however is realising just how many ways you can use quilting to make this pattern unique and unforgettable. Your imagination is the only barrier here! We’ll be having heaps of tutorials coming up on various quilting techniques, so be sure to keep an eye on the blog. Here are a few of our favourite ideas:
- Use straight lines to create a geometric pattern. Try mixing up vertical and horizontal lines on the back, front pieces, pockets and the collar, or create a diamond pattern for a traditional style!
- Quilt a small selection of pattern pieces (the collar for example) to highlight a particular quilting pattern (or to lower the workload a tad!). You could also mix and match patchwork sections with an abstract quilting design to show some variety.
- Use a hand-sewing technique like Sashiko to create a beautifully bespoke look.
The views offered within the Hovea pattern include a variety of lengths: cropped (sitting around high hip), mid length (low hip) and coat length (falling between mid thigh and above the knee). One of the easiest ways to create a whole new look, would be to extend it to below the knee or mid calf! These longline versions would be wonderful in all seasons. You don’t need to do anything fancy here. Just extend out your pattern to the length you’d like and hem as per the instructions!
- Using a lightweight linen you could extend any of the unlined views to mid calf level to make the perfect transeasonal coat.
- Quilted coats are wonderful in the winter, but if you’d like to keep your legs warm too…why not add length to make your coat even cosier!
If your style is a little more casual (or indeed if you just prefer this style) there is absolutely a way to make your Hovea into a SUPER cute bomber jacket! Adding cuffs and hem bands is as simple as shortening your sleeves and jacket length by the width of your ribbing and measuring out ribbing to be the tightness you want for your hem & cuff. For the bottom of the jacket, you might want to go all the way around and to finish the raw edge in the binding, or you might want to leave a small section at the bottom of the centre front like a classic bomber and make a little cut-away space for your ribbing instead. You can then sew them onto the jacket by stretching them to fit the jacket hem & cuff as you sew like this tutorial on the Jarrah sweater hem and cuff; or you can just sew them to enclose the seam allowances like the non-quilted Hovea neckband.
Oh denim. Denim this, denim that and DENIM HOVEA! This pattern is crying out to be made into a super cute (and very cool) denim jacket…and we want to be the first to hear if someone out there creates one!
- Use a lightweight denim or chambray to create a soft, non-rigid denim jacket.
- Mix and match denim with complimentary colours in other fabrics to create a denim patchwork jacket. Using batting to make it super warm or keeping it lined for a lighter feel would look equally as amazing!
- It’s no secret we love embroidered denim…the collar of the Hovea jacket is the perfect canvas to try out some of your own hand embroidery!
- Use a few different coloured denims (or use your scraps from your jeans making adventures) to make each pattern piece for your jacket.
We have officially come to the part of the show that I love the most…the patchwork jackets!! Quilting and patchwork go hand in hand of course, but patchwork jackets are just a whole other level of gorgeous. It was a beautiful trend in ready to wear recently and it’s something that can be replicated to make a beautiful garment with a little time and patience. The great thing about patchwork is it’s really up to you what limits you want to set. Big pieces, small pieces, pieces that are the same size, random sizing, complimentary colour palette, or a full rainbow spectrum! It’s completely up to you!
If you’re keen to try out Hovea for an ‘at home’ look…why not try an unlined Hovea jacket as a robe/dressing gown? We made a gorgeous double gauze sample and have some beautiful images we’ll be showing you soon in a special Hovea Pattern Hack post on how to create this very look be sure to keep an eye out!! Use a lightweight fabric (double gauze, linen etc), add a waist tie and belt loops and you’ve got yourself your next favourite loungewear piece.
Looking for even MORE inspiration? The Hovea Sewing Pattern Pinterest board will be full of so many ideas for your Hovea make, be sure to check it out over the coming weeks! Here is a sneak peek!
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Here’s the full list of Hovea inspiration and ideas:
- Inspiration & Ideas for Hovea (this post!)
- Hovea Tester Roundup & Hovea Curve Tester Roundup
- Traditional Korean Textile Arts with Youngmin Lee
- Introduction to Quilting concepts with The Weekend Quilter
- Top 10 tips from a quilters first journey into Me Made Clothing with Shannon Fraser
- Introduction to Indian Kantha Quilting with Manjari Singh
- Simple Log Cabin patchwork tutorial with Scribbly Gum Quilting Co
- Whole piece quilting with Natalie Ebaugh
- Introduction to Japanese textiles and embroidery with Mari Yamada
- How to make a patchwork quilt design without a pattern with Broadcloth Studio
- Modern Quilting with Porfiria Gomez
Here’s the full list of Hovea tutorials & Hacks:
- Sewalong | How to Choose Between Hovea & Hovea Curve
- Sewalong | Common Hovea pattern alterations
- Sewalong | Quilting prep
- Sewalong | Quilting Design & Planning
- Sewalong | Tips for machine quilting
- Sewalong | Tips for making a patchwork jacket from scrap fabrics
- Sewalong | Basic Binding Method for quilt coats
- Sewalong | Pockets and Seams Quilted Views BDF
- Sewalong | Inset Sleeves Quilted Views BDF
- Sewalong | Final Finishes Quilted View BDF
- Pattern Hack | Sewing a Hovea Dressing gown
- Pattern Hack | How to make a quilt coat from a vintage bed quilt
- Sewalong | Unlined pockets Views ACE
- Sewalong | Lined pockets Views ACE
- Sewalong | Flat Sleeve Insertion Views ACE
- Sewalong | Ties & Hang Loop Views ACE
- Sewalong | Hemming Unlined Views ACE
- Sewalong | Full Lining Views ACE
- Sewalong | Collar band Views ACE
- Sewalong | Belt & Belt Loops Views ACE
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