Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Haiku Two



The Haiku Two jacket pattern was a remake of their original Haiku pattern. And now it too is out-of-print. What a shame. It has that Japanese, Miyake-like cut and shape that was the signature of the Sewing Workshop, early on.

I made the original Haiku a looooonnnnngggg time ago out of black and white herringbone silk. I remember wearing it while sitting in a meeting one time right after I became department chair. Maybe it was Valentine's Day.

It's probably good I cannot find a picture or any evidence of this original Haiku as I think it wore me. It was ginormous. It had these glorious deep patch pockets. I wore a thick red heart brooch with it.

When the Haiku Two came out, with its less voluminous lines, I intended to make it too. Finally I did and here it is.



The fabric is wool men's suiting, very light weight with great drape. It was a cut piece from Gail K in Atlanta. It was a dream to cut, press, sew. A truly lovely piece of cloth. The pattern does not call for lining which is fine by me. Living in the southeastern U.S.A., I get a long better mileage with an unlined light-weight wool coat.



I'm not sure why the Haiku Two is OOP. I think it is such a pretty style.



I love the lapels in the front. One can never have too many vertical lines.



I love that the sleeves are raglan in the front and cut-on in the back. The pattern pieces are crazy shapes!


And I love all the top-stitching.



Finally I love that it still has the glorious deep patch pockets.


So far I've worn it once. I think I'm going to have to shorten it. It is still too voluminous in this longer version. That means sacrificing the wonderful pockets but I can probably add smaller ones. Or maybe hidden ones.



Or maybe I should leave it alone!




13 comments:

  1. My vote is leave it as is, it looks gorgeous and pockets, do you really want to sacrifice those pockets? Well, that's my two cents. Love the fabric choice, it's beautiful.

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  2. This is stunning and I think you should leave it. However, you are the one wearing it. But I think the last photo shows how good it looks on you. I have been looking forward to seeing it since you teased us on Instagram. I also love your sewing: it is impeccable. I never feel like yelling at the monitor about learning to press while sewing! Thank you for sharing. Jean

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  3. Maybe more narrow pants or a pencil skirt at above knee length? Although I am way past skirts, short or otherwise. I too would hate to give up the pockets. Maybe you can just move them up.

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  4. I've been hoarding the original Haiku coat since its introduction, just never quite ready to sew it up. But mortality looms, and I need to make that thing! Thanks for your example.

    The only other SW pattern I have that is now OOP is the Origami Blouse. I love that thing. It even looks good when worn with the Origami Skirt.

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  5. What a truly special jacket! Personally, I love the length of it and those pockets!
    Once again you have provided me with inspiration...so thank you!

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  6. Please leave it be, it looks so lovely on you!

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  7. Another vote to leave it at this length! It looks great!

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  8. I like the length, but you need to be happy :-)

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  9. I vote to keep the length too! I think it is lovely on you...

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  10. I love the fabric and I would love it as you have it now.

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  11. I hope you leave it as it is – it looks wonderful on you from this vantage point.

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  12. I love your jacket. How sad that that great pattern is out of print.

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