Friday, May 8, 2009

Sewing Workshop Ikina Jacket

I forgot to blog about my Ikina Jacket.
I love Asian styling, especially enduring styles like the kimono to make garments I can wear for years.

Pattern Description: The Ikina Jacket is a below waist jacket with open sides finished with kimono-like facings, bias-cut, one-piece collar/band, three-quarter length sleeves and deep hems. The pattern also includes above ankle, pull on pants with elastic waist. I just made the jacket. I used Sewing Workshop Plaza Pants pattern for the pants I'm wearing here. The top is an older Burda pattern, 8987, that I have used before for a simple, bias tank. I lowered the vee this time and eliminated the back slit opening as it wasn't necessary for getting into the top. I find those slits on bias often poke out at the back so I try to avoid them.

I used size small although my measurements call for medium. This works best for me with a loose fitting garment as my shoulders are small and there is plenty of ease for the problem bust area. As always Sewing Workshop has excellent instructions that result in a beautiful finished product inside and out.

I'm calling this silk organza because I don't know better. It is similar in crispness to organza but has this beautiful woven in pattern and texture and is a different color on the back side. Does someone know what it is? I purchased it at StoneMountain & Daughter in Berkeley. I used the back side of the fabric for the neckband and facing. I also flipped the hem of the sleeve to the outside to show the back side of the fabric there.

I know some sewers have left off the side facings and sewn the seam traditionally thinking it would make them look wider. I considered doing this because I certainly don't want to look wider! But I basted the facing on and loved it. I certainly feel it makes the style special. Without it is okay but not extraordinary.


Birgitte said...

This truly brings out your beauty, Ann, just spectacular, the style, colors, everything.

Carla said...

What a classy outfit this is. I really like how you have found your style. It's extremely good-looking.

Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Ann..stunning as always!

gwensews said...

Really nice looking piece. I've had this pattern for a long time, and never made it. It's difficult to see how a garment actually will look made up, just from line drawings. Thank you for posting this.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

The fabric makes this sooooooo stunning!

Annika said...

I love that Ikina jacket. Great ensemble, you truly have a gift for combining colors and textures.