Ilford Jacket | Quarry Trail

Of course I had to sew up a garment using Quarry Trail*, and the Ilford Jacket by Friday Pattern Co. was on the top of my list! Essex is such a versatile substrate, one of my favorite uses is for garments. The linen cotton blend makes for a quality garment that’s relatively easy to sew. Unlike a lot of garment fabrics, Essex is very stable, so it’s great for beginner garment sewsists and experienced sewists alike!

Ilford Jacket | Quarry Trail


The Ilford Jacket is such a fun a straightforward sew. I’ve seen so many great variations of it as well, have fun checking out the #ilfordjacket hashtag on Instagram. I chose to do a hong kong finish on my sleeve seams because I knew when I’d wear this particular jacket, I’d most likely want to wear it with the sleeves rolled up. Plus it adds such a nice detail to the sleeve. I used some scraps of chambray to make the binding.

I’m definitely wanting to revisit this pattern again. I can’t wait to try a few different options. For instance, maybe adding a lining or adding the different styles of pockets.

When designing Quarry Trail I wanted to make sure that the designs worked well for garment making (as well as quilting and bag making), and I think it works! I’ve made a few other garments using my past collections if you’re interested in those:

Here’s my I’m excited to try making a few more garments as well. I’ve got the Burnside Bibs on my list, so maybe those? What garments have you made using Essex?

*Quarry Trail is slowly trickling out to shops. Be sure to check with your favorite shop! Or try an online search for “Anna Graham Quarry Trail” or check out the #quarrytrailfabric hashtag on Instagram.

8 thoughts on “Ilford Jacket | Quarry Trail

  1. Tammy says:

    Wow! I really like this version of the Ilford jacket.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Tammy! So many fun combinations with this pattern. 🙂

  2. Jana says:

    The jacket is great! Thanks for the example. I also like the fabric and I hope I can buy your new fabric collection in Germany.
    Best wishes for 2021. Jana

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks so much Jana! I know there will be some stockists in Germany, hopefully they’ll get it soon! 🙂

  3. Patricia says:

    Oh please make the Burnside bibs so I can see yours and then try my own!

  4. Nicki Romley says:

    Gorgeous! Have just ordered fabric and pattern. Would like to make a shift dress to wear with this pecan color way. Any co-ordinating fabric suggestions? Difficult to tell on a computer monitor. Thank you.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Nicki! that sounds so awesome! Gosh, so many fun opportunities for the shift dress, but I might try the Oak leaves in the Champagne colorway, or the Trail Marker print in Pewter or Indigo would be fun, too! Or if you’re wanting something without much of a print I would definitely try any of Robert Kaufman’s chambrays, they’ve got so many great ones. 🙂 Hope that helps!

  5. Nicki says:

    Thank you so much for your response. I just received the fabric and it is absolutely lovely, especially when the light hits it. I will check your suggestions out. I appreciate it!

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