Jackets, Coats & Cardigans

Upcycled: Kimono Jacket

I am so in love with this Kimono Jacket even though it crushes easily because the fabric is pure cotton.

Some years ago I was working in a job where they purchased a load of bandannas for an in-office game. Some months later there was a lot of office movement and I could see these bandannas coming out of the drawers doomed for the rubbish.

I sent a message around and requested they be given to me. At the time all I knew I would be doing is sewing them together to make an upcycled piece of fabric for a new project.

As it turned out the project ended up being this lovely Kimono Jacket. It was a delight to make because I knew I was saving these bandannas from landfill and it turned out to be completely unique. I still have the leftover fabric in my stash of which one day I will turn into some pants. What a hoot it will be to wear both together!

The pattern used for this is New Look 6378 and was extremely easy to follow. The only part that was fiddly is the bias binding trim. The pattern does not call for the bias trim but I found it really gave a lovely finished look and complimented the fabric. There is something very relaxing about hand finishing a garment.

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