It’s “What’s On Your Workdesk, Wednesday” and today I am going to show you what WAS on my workdesk for the last couple of weeks… yessss, I reveal the altered jacket I’ve been working on for my son’s birthday!
I bought this jacket in a secon-hand store but it was brand new, the labels were still on and no-one had previously worn the jacket. It came in an ecru colour and I was so eager to dye it that I totally forgot to take a picture. I dyed it blue in the washing machine and started stitching the back before I thought of photographing it… at the neck opening you can see the embroidery that’s on the back, but this is the most ‘original’ photo I can show you.
The Japanes “Sashiko” technique is quite easy – simple running stitches…
… but when you combine horizontal and vertical running stitches you can create all kinds of fabulous patterns!
I sewed a patchwork-border on the bottom of the jacket, the sleeves and a bit behind the pockets and then I lost myself in stitching again… there’s Sashiko stitches at the strip that can be seen behind the zipper when you open the jacket. Oh, and I changed the collar to a ‘concealed collar’ (is that the right word?) to give the jacket more of a Japanese look.
I stitched one sleeve all up to the elbow and I stitched both the cuffs. The patchwork on the cuffs can be seen when you turn them, there’s embroidery on the outside that shows on the inside ‘patchwork border’… I find it difficult to explain in words but the photo shows.
Here’s the back of the finished jacket.
Last weekend we visited my son in Amsterdam and I gave him the jacket for his birthday.
Was he pleased with it? OH YES!!!
And… TADAAAAA… here’s my son wearing the jacket!
There’s an old jeans jacket hanging on the coat rack and I have lots of left-over sashiko thread laying around, guess what my next project will be? In a month or so, this mum will look as cool as her son 😉