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The Storm at Sea Naomi Jacket

Added May 6, 2011

by leahfranqui

Philadelphia, Pe...






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!

Material Notes

Bedsheets thrifted from my college dorm room, snaps, a Jacquard shibori dye kit




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Bohemian, Other

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    Apr 2, 2014, 03.00 PMby 8 Jones Street

    i’m trying to figure out what width of fabric i should purchase for this pattern… help!

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    Mar 22, 2012, 03.29 PMby mimsyborogoves

    very nice..I am making this right now. Thanks for sharing.

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    May 26, 2011, 03.55 PMby caramia-made

    Love this! The fabric turned out so pretty! I’ve had fabric in my stash waiting for THIS EXACT pattern but I haven’t made it yet… Did you have any issues with it at all? Does it fit true to size? Any tips?

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      May 26, 2011, 08.22 PMby leahfranqui

      The tie placement instructions just straight up don’t make sense. So I just made it up…but I like how it turned out! This does not really fit true to size, I mean, it’s a very baggy garment and not meant to be close fitting so I would go down a size from what you think you are because you will probably be totally fine, it’s the opposite of tailored! It’s really not super difficult, but there are a ton of pattern pieces, so I just kept each paper piece with it’s cut fabric after I had cut it out. Otherwise, I would have been totally lost!

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    May 10, 2011, 01.09 PMby Lisette O

    The fabric is amazing! I always find this pattern so intriguing.

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      May 10, 2011, 01.29 PMby leahfranqui

      Thank you! I was wracking my brain to find a fabric that worked and I just couldn’t, so I made one! I will forever be grateful for Kathleen of Grosgrain Fabulous because as simple as dyeing fabric is, I never would have thought about it until I followed her tutorial.

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    May 7, 2011, 09.59 AMby Meredith Ploughman

    looks lovely, clever you dyeing your fabric, I too made a naomi, it is really something quite different, I have had many compliments, I am planning to make another,

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      May 7, 2011, 02.36 PMby leahfranqui

      It’s such a cool pattern! I do love it, it’s really not something you see every day!

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    May 6, 2011, 07.35 PMby karinsi

    I love the Naomi! I love it so much I made two. You did a great job and it must be very rewarding to dye the fabric with a specific garment in mind.

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      May 7, 2011, 06.36 AMby karinsi

      I accidently marked you reply as inappropriate, when all I wanted to do was say thank you! Sorry…

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    May 6, 2011, 07.17 PMby janul

    wow, that´s great, to me that pattern looks very japanese! I really like it, I can imagine making it in some darker color, like dark brown… great job!

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      May 6, 2011, 08.15 PMby leahfranqui

      Thank you! I thought the pattern looked very Japanese as well, but more of a fusion, which is why I wanted to make the fabric so that it is referential but not direct. Brown would be nice, sigh, so much to make…

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    May 6, 2011, 06.59 PMby kanamithedreamer

    It looks great! Very resourceful.

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      May 6, 2011, 07.06 PMby leahfranqui

      Thank you! I’m pretty proud of it, it feels cool to have dyed it myself!

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