Added May 6, 2011
I downloaded the free Naomi jacket pattern a LONG time ago, but I couldn’t find the right fabric for it. I searched high and low, but nothing appealed. So I said, never mind BUYING a fabric, I’m going to MAKE one. I had a bunch of bedsheets from college that are for those extra long extra thin beds you only find in the United States on college campuses (it’s quite a racket). So I bought a shibori dye kit and followed the instructions found at honestly…wtf.com, and dyed the sheets in the Arashi method. I wrote a post on shibori here:
So, newly dyed fabric in hand, I cut out the many pieces of the Naomi jacket and stitched away! And I have to say, this pattern is actually a lot of fun to make. It’s not that complicated, even though it looks intimidating, and the hardest part is how many pattern pieces there are! But I love the end result, though I have no idea where I’m going to wear it…
The details on this are fabulous. I love the ties and the pockets and the neckline. It’s certainly a wildly unique garment, and while it’s so not my normal style I do adore it, it’s like wearable art! I tried to cut the fabric so that the jacket moves from light to dark as the eye moves from up to down. I hope that makes sense….
When I showed the fabric to my friend Victoria and explained that Arashi is supposed to resemble a rainstorm, she said the fabric looked like a storm at sea. Hence the name.
More information and photos on my blog!
Bedsheets thrifted from my college dorm room, snaps, a Jacquard shibori dye kit
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