Wicked Wiksten

I tend to plan my wardrobe a season ahead as my sewing list is always a mile long! I need time to get through all my ambitious plans. I’ve been following the hashtag #sobfinisher18. It’s been inspiring to see all the wonderful outfit combinations made by sewists in the Northern hemisphere.

From this inspiration I’ve been eyeing up the Wiksten Kimono Jacket. This jacket isn’t something that I’d classify as being ideal for my body shape. However sometimes I want to follow the trendy kids to see what a style looks like on me.

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This make was inspired by the fabric – I was recently invited to shop Sue’s fabric stash. She graciously allowed me to rehome this gorgeous double gauze. It shot this pattern to the top of my list. Since the fabric is so luscious I decided not to line the jacket as I wanted to show the reverse colour of the double gauze with a cuffed sleeve. Instead I finished each seam with a Hong Kong finish using navy linen bias binding purchased from The Fabric Store.

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I decided not to interface the neckbinding as the fabric has a nice drape (and I was being lazy). Turns out the interfacing vs no interfacing is quite controversial. I think my vote is firmly in the no interfacing camp.

I purchased the PDF pattern and made the size small, short version of the pattern. I measured in the medium range but figured the ease would be generous.

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The pattern came together easily. The slowest part was binding the seams. I found the sleeve length really long. I ended up cutting off a couple of inches. Double Gauze is so nice to wear! It’s warm and cool at the same time. The drape of the fabric makes me feel like a cool art teacher. I have struggled so styling this jacket. So far I’ve tried it with jeans – my favourite look. On another occasion I wore it with a black Lodo dress.

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I’ve been on a Kimono kick lately trying Suki, Kochi and now Wiksten. The loose shape matches with my expressive style personality and is a nice contrast to my more structured garments.

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