Tamarack Society Sew-Along (+ discount!)

Last week I posted an image on Instagram of a jacket I wanted to use as inspiration for a long Tamarack Jacket and you guys went wild. So many of you wanted to make Tamaracks with me that I’m officially announcing the Tamarack Society Sew-Along! This won’t be a standard sew-along since that already exists here, but rather a group of us sewing either Tamaracks as drafted, or altered at the same time. I’m hoping we can offer each other encouragement, support, and lots of fun – hence the word society! This week I’ll be talking about what my plans are, as well as sharing a list of supplies you’ll need to create your own, including an easy way to estimate yardage if you’re lengthening your jacket also.

I’ve also made a discount code for the event, for the next week you can use TAMARACKSOCIETY at checkout to receive 15% off* the printed or PDF pattern! I think we’ll also use the hashtag #tamaracksociety on Instagram so we can keep up with each other’s progress. Now is the perfect time to get going on a jacket like this, it looks like it takes a while but it’s really pretty quick and you’ll be able to wear it a ton before the really cold weather sets in!

Tamarack Society Sew-Along | Grainline Studio

Now to talk about my plans for the sew-along! I’ll be referencing the jacket to the right above for my long Tamarack. I absolutely love the quilting pattern on this one as well as the grey/black combo, though it’ll definitely be a dog hair magnet. Oh well! I’ve outlined my main pattern adjustments above and they’re nothing too difficult. I think the double welts will probably be the most intensive part of that list, but still not a big deal.

Tamarack Society Sew-Along | Grainline Studio

As for the fabric, I’m going to use quilting cotton for mine and I think I’m not going to pre-wash it. That way it will shrink up a bit and puff out like the inspiration jacket fabric does and also how quilts do! Because of that I’ll likely go up one size from my measurements, so I’ll be making a 8 bust/10 hip rather than a 6 bust/8 hip. I’m undecided on whether I’ll pair the black binding with Gotham or Charcoal and I’m also debating a black and white gingham lining. The only thing I worry about with the gingham is not being able to see the awesome stitching patterns from the inside of the coat, but also, does that matter? It’s the inside of the coat!

So that’s what I’m thinking for my Tamarack Society Sew-Along jacket! I’m going to draft out my changes and I’ll be back Wednesday with tools, supplies, and how to calculate your new yardage if you’re lengthening your jacket. In the meantime let me know what you’re thinking, or upload a photo of your ideas & inspiration to Instagram and tag @grainlinestudio or use the hashtag #tamaracksociety so that I can see what you’re planning!!

* Discount is for retail customers only and does not apply to wholesale orders. Discount does not apply to shipping costs and must be applied at checkout prior to payment. Offer ends Sunday, September 30th at 11:59 CDT.

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28 replies on “Tamarack Society Sew-Along (+ discount!)“

  • embees

    If you’re taking votes re: lining, I vote for gingham and use a contrast thread in the bobbin (red? bright purple? turquoise?) so the quilting lines still show up on the inside 🙂

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  • Rosemary

    I love this idea! I’ve been wanting to make a Tamarack for a while… but have been hesitant because I think a collared coat may suit me better. Does anyone know of an example of a modified Tamarack with a collar of any kind? I can probably figure out how to alter the pattern but am hoping for some inspiration or any tips. Thanks.

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    • Jen

      Have you tried checking #tamarackjacket on Instagram? Unfortunately nothing’s coming to mind right now but if I see something I’ll try to remember to link it here. The reason we don’t have an add on is the application changes way the jacket is made enough that it doesn’t make sense to release it as an add on or free pattern piece. If you did a collar you’d likely need to bind the seam allowance where you attach the collar and stitch that down.

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  • WHITNEY B DONNELLY

    Looking forward to another great sew along! I’m having trouble locating a source for the Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton. Could you provide some possible sources (on line most likely). Thanks!

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  • Elizabeth

    I’ve wondered about either adding a hood (in Seattle, coats with hoods just make more sense) or making the pattern into a vest. I should probably make the pattern as-is first to see what I’d be getting myself into with any changes. But, those are my dreams!

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    • Jen

      I’ve been wanting to make a vest version for a while actually! As for the hood, I think I mentioned above with the collar, you’ll need to attach it then probably bind and stitch down the seam allowance, then bind around the edges of the jacket and the hood in one go. There’s a few on my Tamarack Inspiration Pinterest board that show what I mean.

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  • Val

    This is such a great idea! I’ve been kicking around the idea of a Tamarack Jacket in some sort of wool tweed for the outer layer – nothing that’s a coating weight, but maybe something you might use for pants or a dress. I am a bit concerned that the jacket would be too stiff though! Either way, I might join you in this make-along!

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  • Michelle

    Perfect timing. I’ve just received some linen and Liberty lawn that I ordered for this pattern. Seems I timed my purchase of the pattern well too. Better go order it!

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  • Brandi

    I need to do an fba and add a dart to this for ideal fit. Has anyone tried converting the dart to a princess seam? I feel like a dart after quilting would be too bulky. I considered sewing the dart in the lining ad outside fabric, then removing it from the batting, and quilting the newly curved bodice, but that seems like some precision work. Any thoughts?

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