Wiksten HaoriStarted November 2019
Completed October 2020
Presenting the finished a few weeks ago Wiksten Haori Coat! A cult classic of all sewists, I originally thought Jenny was a Bay Area local and flocked to A Verb for Keeping Warm to purchase the physical pattern. Once it was in hand I realized this pattern was special. The way these are packaged and presented is like a lost art, revitalized again once in your hands.
I am so happy I finished this coat. It only took me a year. I spent more time reading the instructions than sewing, but I generally do this to ensure less confusion on my end while sewing.
I don't even recall the size I cut. I would imagine it was the small, and I am sure I can search for the traced pattern in my box of tracings.
The instructions were easy to follow, and I hand sewed about 90% of the garment. The wool was gifted by my father from Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics. Growing up in Berkeley and Oakland, this is a store I spent way too much money at whilst I could not afford it. Their quality is so high and their curated selection is the best.
Everything was fairly easy. I wish I did not interface the collar as the flannel I used (from my stash, probably from Joann Fabrics), became stuck and created some unattractive bunching. The finishing of the collar confused me so I made up a different way to finish.
The only downside for me is that the arms feel short. As I made this a zero waste make, I am not sure if I used what I had and made adjustments so the arms ended up shorter, or they are too short for me (I am 5'7" 170cm). I will need to look into that.
As a perfectionist I am learning to let go of certain items and trust the process. It is more about the journey than the destination, and I am not perfect. The garment is comfortable, serves a purpose, and was made from the last fabric my father purchased for me before his passing.
I am thankful that I finished a thing, and a meaningful thing at that.
This has been such a distracting year and anything that is getting accomplished feels like a major success.
Life is about cycles. If sewing teaches us anything, it is that creativity is also a cycle.