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Wiksten Haori Pattern Review

This is likely going to be my favorite pattern of 2019. No joke. This Jaspanese-inspired jacket is so versatile and can be made with so many different weight fabrics, I can’t get enough of it. So far I’ve made four of them. Wait no, I’ve made six! Must I say more?!?!?

Don’t be confused by the name of the pattern in the picture. Originally, the pattern was named the “Kimono Jacket”, but then they realized it was more in the style of the traditional Japanese Haori.

My local fabric shop and Sewist, Bonnie, compared the Wiksten pattern with that of the Jalie Melanie Kimono. Now I myself have also made both of these patterns and I love them both for different reasons.

I made the Jalie Mealine Kimono first using Robert Kaufman’s Taos Flannel. I absolutely love this kimono and it is my house robe. Warm, super soft, double napped (brushed on both sides) and incredibly comfortable.

The Wiksten Haori can be made in three different lengths; short, medium and long. I decided to make the Wiksten Haori in the short version using denim I had sourced from an estate sale.

Then I decided to make the long version using a piece of vintage plaid wool we had found and I lined it with navy blue corduroy. Now that’s probably my favorite thing about this pattern, it’s completely lined and REVERSIBLE! So you basically have two jackets in one. I chose to make my collar using the plaid wool on both sides.

The only thing I was disappointed with was that it turned out a little bigger than I wanted, but it fits perfect when worn over my favorite cream fisherman’s sweater. The next one I made for my neighbor. A couple of years ago she gave me some beautiful corduroy she had picked up at a garage sale so I matched up with a flannel plaid I had and made her the mid-length Haori.

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