This pattern is one that didn’t stand out to me when it was first released. I used to really struggle with boxy garments but they are infiltrating my wardrobe more and more. There have been a number of different versions of the Kochi Kimono on Instagram which have been inspiring to me. The versions that come to mind are this beauty by Jolies Bobines, the stunning versions by Funky Bunny.
My Kochi is a size XS which is down a size from my normal Papercut size. This pattern is oversized and their designs run big so I knew this would be the best fit.
I decided to French seam the jacket to make it reversible. Because of this, I sewed 1.5cm seam allowances rather than 1cm allowance built into the pattern. I wasn’t worried about it not fitting because of the style. After trying on the jacket partway through construction I decided that I would only wear the right side of the fabric.
Half the seams on my finished jacket are overlocked and the other half are French seamed.
This pattern is simple to construct and is an ideal beginner pattern or a quick win! It took me around 2 to 3 hours to make. The instructions are clear. I made variation 1 but only added the central ties.
The fabric I chose for this pattern was purchased in Australia in December 2016 during my trip to Melbourne. I love buying fabric when I’m on holiday. When I wear the garment It reminds me of my lovely holiday. The Fabric is a heavyweight cotton/linen with a printed design on it.
I’ve already planned another version in a printed fabric using a silk or rayon from my stash. I’m also considering copying Kirsten’s black wool version depending on how much this version is worn.
So far I’ve worn this garment with both dress and jeans. I’m looking forward to playing around with other styling options to make this garment suitable for work or play.