Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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!