Papercut Kochi

Papercut Kochi Silk

I wear this jacket all the time. Since it’s pure silk, it works for all weather- it’s cool when I’m warm and it’s warm when I’m cold. Another benefit of silk is that it can be casual or more fancy. I truly wear this at least once a week, if not more.

The pattern is the Kochi “Kimono”[sic] by Papercut Patterns.

Kochi Kimono in Sandwash Silk

This pattern isn’t made in my size and these days I wouldn’t buy it. Back in 2017 I was weak-willed (perhaps less stubborn), and there were so many lovely versions online that I was swayed to give it a go.

Give it a go I did. I think I’ve sewed 5 versions of this, but these days I wear only 2 of them. Since it wasn’t drafted with me in mind, it doesn’t fit like the versions online that I loved. For this silk version I added width through the back, added a huge neck ‘cuff’ and lengthened the sleeves so that they cover my tattoos.

Papercut Kochi Silk 2

I’ve sewn my final version of this ill-fitting pattern, and fed the paper pattern pieces into my worm farm. I’m on the hunt for a new go-to un-structured jacket if you have any recommendations.

Size Details: I sewed the XL which is drafted for a 46.5″ hip. I made significant pattern adjustments and am wearing it here with a 47″ bust and 54″ hip.

Sapporo Coat

Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat Wool 3

This Sapporo Coat from Papercut Patterns is one of my biggest sewing regrets, that I’m resolved to turn into a sewing win!

I’m quite a way outside of the Papercut Patterns maximum hip size of 46.5″ (close to 10″ inches away), and because I loved the coat so much I got in touch with the company to ask if they thought my measurements would work with the coat pattern. They said yes, of course, since they were trying to sell me a coat pattern and off I went.

Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat Wool

I found a lovely wool/cashmere blend on super sale, which I decided to cut into without making a muslin. While the fabric wasn’t expensive to me, knowing the value of it makes the failure of this coat sting all the more.

The coat is ultimately too small. Something that would now be clear to me since I have a few more projects under my belt. What I loved about the oversized fit on other people, doesn’t translate to me because I am using every single additional inch of positive ease to squeeze bottom end into the coat.

Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat Wool 2

I finished this coat on the 3rd of December 2017 and I’ve worn it outside of the house maybe 4 or 5 times. I took these photos in the coat recently and I think maybe I’ve finally come round. It’s not the perfect version of the Sapporo coat that I was aiming for, because it doesn’t look like the same coat on me as it does on others. It is a comfortable coat though, the fabric is lovely & warm and it has excellent pockets. I’m definitely going to try and get it out of the house more than 5 times this coming winter.


Size Details: I sewed the XL size (drafted for a 46.5″ hip) and am pictured wearing it here with a 54″ hip.

Zero-Waste Jacket from Elbe

Elbe Zero Waste Jacket

I made this linen duster-ish jacket using Elbe Textile‘s free tutorial for making a zero-waste jacket.

I love the idea of zero-waste sewing since it saves me from hoarding linen scraps for years and I suppose it’s also good for the environment.

Elbe Zero Waste Jacket 2

Sizing Details: I had a bit less linen than the pattern called for and I was also wider & had larger arms than the model. Soo, I did lots of little calculations on scraps of paper to increase the width of the body pieces and also to increase the size of the arms.

Linen Kochi

Kochi Linen 1

This Kochi from Papercut Patterns is sewn up in delicious mustard linen from The Fabric Store.

I drastically increased the size of this everywhere because I wanted something wearable, cozy and that doubled as a rug for grass protection.

Kochi Linen

There’s not much more to be said that I haven’t already said about this pattern. It’s not in my size, so I never got the fit I was after.

Size Details: Size Details: I sewed the XL which is drafted for a 46.5″ hip. I made significant pattern adjustments and am wearing it here with a 47″ bust and 54″ hip.