May 14, 2019
For formal occasions or everyday layered dressing, either jacket in this pattern offers a special touch to any wardrobe. Simple rectangular shapes are great for inventive color and texture combinations. And, a pattern for the tabi, the traditional split-toe slipper socks, is included.
Suggested fabrics: For the Hapi, choose light to medium-weight soft or crisp cottons or blends; silks with body such as noil or shantung; linen; wool. For the Haori, choose light to medium-weight soft fabrics with drape such as silk, rayon, or blends. For the Tabi, choose medium-weight cotton or blends. Fabrics with nap, pile, or one-way design are not suitable for either jacket since the back and front are cut as one piece.
PLEASE NOTE: Fabrics used as examples in blog may go out of stock from store. If link is invalid for specific product, there may be another fabric from the supplier that you can substitute. These suggestions are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written!
We scanned a few of our favorite (on-line) fabric stores and came across some great options for making the Hapi, Haori, or Tabi socks. Don't forget you can make the Hapi and Haori with contrasting neckbands (and contrasting cuffs on the Hapi). You can see some fabrics we liked best below!
This indigo sashiko star print cotton from Fabric Indulgence (which has a ton of gorgeous Japanese prints) is lovely and could work as the primary fabric or make a great cuff or lapel contrast fabric. (This is a print not actual sashiko!)
Fabric Indulgence offers a variety of indigo prints. We like the floral patterns in the selection.
This gorgeous and subtle Nani Iro Tencel (below) from Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics will drape and wear well - perfect for the Hapi or Haori (or for the lining of the Haori). They have the 2019 collection of Japanese imported Nani Iro fabrics available, check the collection out here.
I really want to make the Tabi socks in a soft, but sturdy twill like this navy one below from Harts Fabric. (And this lightweight stretch denim might be great for making a fitted sock one size smaller that would have some stretch). Of course, the Tabi is perfect for using up some fabric remnants that I am sure you have around!