Paola jacket made in Ayaka - Kasuri Indigo of Japan
I made this chore-style jacket in our Kasuri Indigo using the Paola jacket sewing pattern. I've made this jacket a couple of times it is such a good easy pattern to sew and I love the fit on me. For a free pattern, this is really in-depth with easy-to-follow details plus there are more in-depth tutorials for various steps if needed, such as how to do felled seams.
I was a little bit stressed, though, as this project was a special gift for my sister-in-law so there was added pressure on my part to not mess up and the whole time thinking 'I can't keep this'!
I didn't pre-wash the fabric, it doesn't shrink if treated carefully. I wanted to benefit from the crispness that you get with new fabric, making it easier to sew while working nicely defined seams. I worked extra hard not to scorch this gorgeous fabric with the iron, it came together really well and I am so happy with it. After searching online I ended up making my own bias binding in the same fabric for inside the neck facing. Before attaching the wooden buttons, I rinsed and pressed the jacket and so to remove any excess indigo dye ready for wearing. I'm so happy with how this turned out, it became quite hard for me to finally hand it over but I'm delighted that my sister-in-law can enjoy something very unique from Faberwood.
This indigo is quite versatile and is similar to mid-weight denim, the threads that are delicately weaved throughout are stunning. Here it feels like a shirt or light jacket, it is soft enough for a lot of styles and also holds structure well too. I think a tunic style dress would be wonderful in this and I can imagine something like the The Hattie by Merchant & Mills which would be stunning.
Other sewing patterns we like that would be great for our Kasuri Collection!