118 Tibetan Panel Coat
A festive full-length vest or sleeveless coat 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.
Kelley Dean-Crowley of Martinez, California says that fabric choice is very important: "I made mine with silks and brocades, and wound up with a very dramatic garment that I hardly wear even though I love it. My next version will be made with more casual fabrics." Also, she suggests arranging the cut-out pattern pieces in assembly order on the floor (e.g. lay the side front next to the front), to make sure that you will sew them together in the right order.