It’s been chilly here lately and quite a few times I have thrown on this modified Wiksten Haori to warm up. I realized on about the umpteenth time that I never blogged about it! So, I figured it was time to correct that. I lined this Haori jacket with a wool quilt batting and it is ridiculously cozy and warm. It was a super simple modification. I just cut out the batting in the same pattern pieces as the jacket and then stitched them to the lining. After that, I sewed it up in the standard way. I wrote a bit more about the process over here if you want some details.
The wool batting makes it a little extra puffy and easy to wrap around my body for extra coziness. I also cropped it…just ’cause. I wanted to.
The rust Ikat and woven jacquard is from Stonemountain and Daughter fabrics. The inside lining is some extra chambray from my stash that I was thrilled to use up. I really like the way these two patterns play well with each other. It’s understated but still eye-catching. Just my style.
My mom took these photo last November. We were on a trip together along with my sister. “Trip” is a pretty loose term as we were dealing with some difficult family stuff in the middle of the Arizona desert. Hey, we had great scenery to look at while we wrangled decades of emotional and physical crap!
I had been hauling junk and cleaning for around 9 hours when I put on this outfit and asked my mom to indulge me in a photoshoot. You know how they say “don’t believe what you see on social media”? Well, while my mom was shooting these pics my sister was in the background wearing a hazmat suit and dragging a treadmill from the nineties across a landscape of burrs and bird poop. The flush in my cheeks is entirely from sweat and hard work.
So, yes, don’t believe social media. Looking back, however, I’m incredibly happy to have had that time with family and I would go back there in a heartbeat just to be with them again. I miss my family a lot right now. I guess all of those complicated emotions are now embedded in the fiber of this lovely Wiksten Haori jacket. Ah, the power of handmade. It’s always there for us. This is part of what Me Made May makes me appreciate so much.
On another note, this afternoon I’m going to be on a webinar with Sulky! We are showcasing how to make amazing embroidered espadrilles so pop on at 2pm EST and join in! It’s free and it will be a great way to connect and make something together.
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