Patchwork and Patch Work (Not a Quilting Post)

by Ramona on November 23, 2012

For fashion sewing enthusiasts out there, please stay with me. This is not a quilting post even though the title may suggest otherwise.  I know you have tremendous admiration for the die hard quilters out there, but just don’t have that much interest in doing it yourself.  Well, wanna see how the fashion world and some of our own ASG prize-winning fashion sewers have embraced iconic quilting techniques for their exquisite fashion projects?

First up, our own Eve Kovacs is a 2012 Hoffman Challenge First Place winner in the clothing category, and patchwork is the way she went to create this gorgeous coat, above. Click on the image to go to the Hoffman Challenge site where you have the option to see a larger image and other winners.  I marvel at how the lines of the patches seem straight even though the garment has curved princess lines. A write up of the details of this coat is in the Fall issue of Notions, which of course is available to ASG members (are you listening, non-members?).

Next, brand new member Kathy Knapp, won second place in the clothing category of the 2012 Hoffman Challenge, used patchwork/piecing techniques in the creation of her exquisite entry.

Now for the very high fashion, blow-me-away rendition of the patchwork look. Here’s Taylor Swift wearing a gown by J. Mendel. Picture credit: InStyle magazine. InStyle captions it as an embroidered gown. Sure, there is beading and embroidery but we know piecing/patchwork when we see it!  Click on the picture to access the InStyle site where you can see the back view and a larger image. OK, so who’s game for copying this J. Mendel dress?

And …. there is patch work, which is traditional patchwork on a different plane. Consider this gem designed by Marc Jacobs. Picture from

Also consider these as reported in the pages of Lucky magazine.  One of these dresses is by much admired Philip Lim and designer du jour Raoul. Does this page inspire you to dig through leftover fabric scraps? What do you think? Now, keep an open mind, ya’ll. Remember that the mini skirt was pooh-poohed by most people when it was first introduced!

Keep patchworking and let us know of your thoughts in the comment section!


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Trish November 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Fantastic post! Thanks for the post. This definitely has inspired me to look at quilted garments for adults. Originally I had thought that only cute/attractive quilted garments could be worn by children. This has really open my eyes and my stash!

Jean at Dross into Gold November 24, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I’ve been thinking about learning how to quilt, but after seeing this post, I’m ready to go back to my first love: refashioning clothes!! I’m loving the glimpse of the patchworked pieces for Spring. I do a lot with upcycled sweaters, but using wovens is a whole ‘nother game. I’m ready to try, thanks to you!!

Samina November 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Jean, thank you for commenting on the ASG blog! I loved your pieced re-fashioned clothing featured in the latest Altered Couture magazine! Loved the “cold shoulder” top, and the poncho.
Hope to see your “woven” fabric re-creations in the near future.

Samina November 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Trish, thanks for the comment. Some of these garments are just pieced and not quilted at all. My body has natural “quilting” on its own without me adding more 🙂

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