Tamarack Progress Update: Week 01

Hi everyone! It’s time for our week 1 Tamarack Society check-in! Today I’m going to show you what Lexi and I have been up to on our Tamaracks, and I’d love to hear how yours are going in the comments. I’ve been seeing so many awesome plans and progress photos on Instagram, you all are making me even more excited about finishing mine!

Lets start with Lexi’s Tamarack:

Tamarack Society Sew-Along | Grainline Studio

Lexi has made a few Tamaracks for work, but none for herself yet! For hers she’s starting with a vintage inspired fabric and lengthening the pattern by 10″ to make a longer version of the original jacket. She’s deep in the quilting phase at this point as you may have seen in our last Tamarack post about quilting ideas or on Instagram yesterday.

Tamarack Society Sew-Along | Grainline Studio

You can see how amazing her quilting is looking here. She’s just about finished and ready to put the welts in which she’s going to do in the solid lining color. I’m so into how Lexi’s jacket is turning out and it’s really fun to watch the quilting come to life!

Tamarack Society Sew-Along | Grainline Studio

This is my progress so far, I’ve altered the pattern to be slightly more like the silhouette of the Isabel Marant coat I’m using as my inspiration. The original coat has a unique underarm that I’m skipping, but you can see what I mean here.

Tamarack Society Sew-Along | Grainline Studio

After I posted the muslin in our Instagram stories lot of you have asked what pattern adjustments I did to get to this silhouette. As you can see above, I first lengthened the body of the pattern by 10″ just as Lexi did to hers. I then split the body along the low waist and spread the top and bottom pieces to create a bit of a cocoon shape. Next I increased the center front overlap to create more of a double breasted situation and dropped the front neck slightly. The shoulders on the Tamarack are already slightly dropped so I increased that by about an inch. My final step was to widen the sleeve by 1.5″ which I did by adding to the cuff edge and extending that straight up to blend with the bicep area of the sleeve.

Tamarack Society Sew-Along | Grainline Studio

This jacket has a TON of quilting so I’m debating making it up in this pre-quilted fabric left over from when we were originally developing the Tamarack pattern. I’d hate to get all that quilting done and wish I’d adjusted something slightly! We’ll see how I’m feeling this weekend about coming into work, that’ll be the deciding factor on whether or not I sew up a tester or just dive into the real thing!

So that’s it for our first week check in, how are your Tamarack Jackets going?

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9 replies on “Tamarack Progress Update: Week 01

  • Aleksandra Sandstrom

    Lexi’s quilting looks so cool!

    I finished my jacket except for snaps, which are going on tonight. I cheated and use pre-quilted fabric from Miss Matatabi, so it went really quickly in the evenings this week.

    I wish the binding on mine was a little neater — I really really wanted matching bias binding and I couldn’t find a match that was even close (main fabric is grey, but it’s a grey with a ton of brown) and didn’t like any of the contrast options, so I used the half yard of matching double gauze I bought just in case, which makes truly terrible bias tape and also doesn’t make great pockets. I tried interfacing it, but that made it worse, so I just went with it. 2/10 would not do again.

    But I’m overall pleased! I’d definitely make another and quilt it myself and make nicer binding. If you see me at camp, don’t look too hard at the inside of my coat. lol

  • Alessandra Ryde

    I am waaay at the beginning… Like still trying to decide on and find fabric… Autumn is running out! Hopefully I’ll have a mid season jacket before it full season!!! Very much looking forward to starting. The fabric hunt continues….

  • Kim

    I love the isabel marant pattern inspo–can you provide exact step by step pattern adjustments? That would be so helpful! Thanks!

  • Shivani

    All my pieces are quilted and I’ve bastetd the lines for the welt pockets. But now fear has set in, and I can’t seem to actually do the pockets. Beginning to think about patch pockets instead…

    • Jen

      You can totally do it! I recommend making a test quilt sandwich and popping a welt in there for practice before you cut your actual jacket. It’s easier than you’d think though!


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