Fabric Suggestions for 112 Japanese Field Clothing

Patterns and sewing instructions are included for three versatile and comfortable garments in our 112 Japanese Field Clothing pattern – the Hippari, sized for men and women; Monpei or field pants, for women up to size XL; and Padded Jacket for women.  All are constructed in the time-honored way.

The Hippari is a hip-length jacket that overlaps in front and ties at the side.  Its front opening is finished with a neckband. Two different elbow-length sleeves are given:  for women, a rectangular sleeve with small traditional openings under the arms in both sleeve and body; for men, sleeves are tapered, with no underarm opening.

The calf-length Field Pants have pleats at the waist below back and front waistbands that wrap and tie.  Roomy gussets at the crotch allow full ease of movement; leg hems are finished with elastic.  There is a patch pocket on the right front hip. 

The Padded Jacket has a straight front opening and neckband.  Construction includes an outer layer, batting, and a short contrasting lining.  The curved sleeves (which can also be used, unpadded, on the Hippari), have traditional underarm openings.

Suggested fabrics: For Hippari and Field Pants, choose medium-weight tightly woven materials such as cotton, lightweight denim, or silk. Traditional Japanese fabrics are usually indigo-dyed ikat weave or striped cotton in blue, black, gray, or brown. For Padded Jacket, choose light to medium-weight cotton, silk, or rayon, or lightweight wool.

Fabric Indulgence carries a selection of Japanese indigo fabrics.  They also have an number of Japanese prints and woven fabrics to choose from!  These fabrics are typical of the traditional look of these garments.


Shashiko Print


Checkerboard Kasuri 


Stonemountain and Daughter carries a nice Japanese yarn dyed dobby cotton that would be useful for pants or a jacket.


Our sample field pants at Folkwear are made in a simple silk noil. Dharma Trading Company has a couple shades and weights of raw silk noil available by the yard or by the bolt!


This Japanese cross seersucker from Oak Fabrics is a nice weight for the jacket or the field pants and is so pretty.  


The 112 Japanese Field Clothing pattern is available as a paper pattern as well as a PDF pattern; and in the PDF pattern, you can get the different patterns for the three garments separately if you desire.  

And, if you want to see how the Padded Jacket is constructed, watch the video of me making our sample of the Jacket on our YouTube channel.  I used a handwoven Guatemalan fabric from Spanglish Fabrics for the Padded Jacket.


And check out the Folkwear samples of the 112 Japanese Field Clothing: