I got sucked into a project that wasn’t on my to-make list and I am not at all mad about it. I know it’s happened to you, too! Sometimes things just pop up and you can’t get them out of your head. For me, it was Heather’s Wiksten Kimono Jacket. I LOVE it. It screams comfy chic and that is what I am all about these days.
The Wiksten Oversized Kimono Jacket is a pattern by Jenny Gordy that was included in issue 4 of the Making Zine. I ordered the magazine simply to get the pattern, but I was blown away by the quality of the content, photography, and even the paper. It is a gorgeous zine and I have already jumped on board to receive their next 2 issues this year. Making Zine covers mostly knitting projects with plenty of other crafty and fibre arts tutorials sprinkled throughout. It’s not focused on garment sewing, but that makes it all the more fun to leaf through! So much great inspiration and the attention to detail is clear.
The pattern is provided as a digital download using a special link via the magazine. It is a simple PDF but it makes such a great piece. I have been wearing this jacket everywhere! The jacket is constructed in such a way that is it reversible, which is a cool feature. I’m not sure that I will ever wear mine inside out, but you can certainly choose fabrics with this in mind.
The fabrics I chose are quite different but still compliment each other well. The outside of the jacket is the 6oz cotton twill from Blackbird Fabrics in the tobacco colour. This twill is medium weight with just the right amount of structure for this kind of pattern. That said, I didn’t want the jacket to be too boxy, so I wanted to add some weight with my lining. I chose a tencel twill that I bought locally in a faded brown colour. The tencel is much drapier and heavier than the twill, which adds really great body to the jacket as a whole. I loved the way these two fabrics looked next to each other and thought that pairing them would result in a neutral jacket that would get lots of wear. I was right!
I followed the construction of the jacket as instructed until the very end. I opted to hand sew my front band in place to avoid topstitching. I can never manage to get the topstitching straight on both sides of a garment! Since this jacket is reversible, I wanted it to look clean no matter which way I chose to style it.
The other detail I added was some extra topstitching at the top of the pockets. I liked the idea of some detail here and it helps to stiffen the top of the pocket so it doesn’t bag out as much. The pockets are my absolute favourite part of this pattern, they are so roomy and at just the right height for my hands! I also love the way the cuffs fold up to tie-in with the front band.
I am wearing my Wiksten with my Avery Leggings and Mandy Boat Tee in these pics! It also looks great over jeans and dresses, too! The oversized look is great for casual wear and it is so freaking comfortable!
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