Talking to Giao the other day and looking at her wonderful Kimonos that she and her mom make, made me start thinking hard about the sewing projects that hang around in my brain. I want to make a patch-work Kimono-style coat. Something like this delicious Indigo Japanese Patched Jacket, more of a coat because of the weight. Or a vest with that wonderful Sashiko stitching. Sashiko is a form of Japanese stitching used in the early 18th Century for farmers, fishermen and lumberjacks work Kimonos. It is exquisite and old. Some Sashiko patterns samples offered here.
Here are some interesting Kimono basic facts.
I bought this Turkish coat pattern and have a credit at Stitches for all that fabric needed to make this massive project, it is lined. So whatever fabric times two!
One more adorable patchwork kimono at http://www.kyotokimono.com/SewingCrafts/LGJacket.JPG.
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