This sewing pattern for a traditional Tibetan panel coat, or sleeveless jacket or vest, is made from many panels of often-contrasting fabrics. The coat is usually constructed of simple panels of handwoven wool - rectangular solid color panels alternate with horizontal striped wedge-shaped panels, creating an overlap front opening. It is worn belted or open with a neckband that extends to the hem. Facings are turned to the inside along the front opening, hem, side vents, and armhole. An additional decorative facing is turned to the outside underarm and shoulder area. Instructions for a simple optional lining is provided. This lining eliminates the need to finish the seams.
This ancient full-length vest or sleeveless coat is still worn by Tibetans today on special occasions. Its simple rectangular components make it perfect for pieced or handwoven fabrics, or exciting combinations of color and texture. Pattern includes instructions for traditional stamped design and bound edge, as well as notes for handweavers.
Suggested fabrics: Choose assorted combinations of prints and solids in similar weights. Light to medium-weight cotton, blends, corduroy, wool; decorative fabrics such as brocade, velvet, embroidered heirlooms; handwoven wool.
This listing is for the PDF pattern. For the paper pattern, go here. This PDF version contains several files that will be available as a download after checkout: sewing instructions, historic lore and notes for handweavers, copy shop versions of the pattern, and a print at home version of the pattern.