Swoon! Introducing my patchwork Wiksten Kimono Jacket! I’ve had the pattern for months now. Finally, the stars aligned, inspiration struck, and I realized that my stash of fat quarters and this pattern were meant to be together!
Every year, like clockwork, I find myself knee deep in piles of fabric as I try to organize my stash for the holiday gift making season. So, Friday morning I broke out my really, really big teapot (meant only for serious close-the-door cleaning sessions) and spent an hour trying to get on top of all my little scraps, fat quarters, and strips of things. Spoiler alert, I gave up about 30 minutes in and instead decided to just cut piles of fabric into 3×3″ squares…because somehow that would make everything more organized? 10 hours later I had not only cut my squares but also chain pieced them together and decided on the fly to turn them into a Wiksten Kimono Jacket instead of a quilt!
I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I’ve been carefully collecting fat quarters in different color stories from our office free bin with an eye toward making a series of 3×3″ square lap quilts. In this instance, you’ll recognize fabrics from old collections Operetta (Medallions Black, Dolce Pebble ) Clementine’s Bonnet (Chantilly Buds Denim), Forget-Me-Not by RJR (Blossom Blue, Fences Aged Blue), Oh My Darling (Kitchen Twine, Tender Leaves, Crossing), Firenze (Flora Charcoal, Lorenzo Natural, Plain Weave Black), and Faux Burlap Black that all live in the grey/black/dusty blue range of prints and work beautifully together.
I had just enough squares to piece the front and back panels of an XXS, Long Version (this pattern has some serious, generous ease in it because I’m typically a retail Medium) and used an embroidered cotton woven for the sleeves and lining.
At heart, I’m a garment sewist. I’ve been making all of my own clothing (outside of buying second-hand) for the past two years and love the challenge. If I don’t know how to make something then too bad, I can’t have it until I learn. I’m so happy that I get to check Crazy Beautiful Quilted Jacket off my list of makes, AND that I was able to incorporate so many fabrics from different collections.
Happy jacket season!