By now, you might have realized that I really love making garments in multiples. The Wiksten Kimono is no exception! I really enjoy sewing in series, as it allows me to learn so much and improve my skills, as well as create a wardrobe of garment basics that I really enjoy.
Pattern: Oversized Kimono Jacket by Wiksten
Materials: Main- Robert Kaufman Brussels Washer in Charcoal Lining - Robert Kaufman Double Gauze Chambray in Marine
My first version of the Wiksten was a much more casual one made out of a fun cotton print and lined with a soft viscose batiste that I am love wearing around my place in the mornings as the weather is beginning to get slightly cooler. This second version I made in Brussels Washer and lined with a Chambray Double Gauze is just a little less casual and perfect for work.
While the Wiksten pattern is now available as a stand-alone pattern that offers multiple lengths, I worked off of the original publication in Making Magazine no. 4 Lines. This version of the pattern only has one length option (most comparable to the long version on the patter), and I made it in size XL. There is plenty of positive ease built into the construction of the garment which makes it great for pretty much any type of body. In talking with my coworkers who are making their versions of the Wiksten Kimono's the different lengths are a great option that the printed pattern has to offer, but I already had the magazine in my stash so I moved forward with the version I already owned.
I chose to make my entire collar out of the main fabric, as in my first version, the contrasting collar made the kimono look more casual. Matching the visible part of the collar (which is technically the lining that's folded out!) to the exterior, makes the version almost like a take on a modern sports jacket. The kimono is fully lined which was a first for me. At first it seemed intimidating but it was very straightforward and easy to accomplish with the clear pattern instructions. Taking it step by step, and not getting ahead of myself was the biggest thing I needed to remember while working through process. In the end, the full lining made the garment the have the perfect drape and thickness.
For me, this garment balances comfort and enough style to be a great work basic. I can't wait for a few more cooler days to wear it even more!