It’s quite ambitious, but I want to make some sort of garment: a short coat or jacket that celebrates the coming of Spring. Something quite informal, just an extra layer I can wear around the house. I decided on a Japanese-style hanten, which is a little like a shorter version of a kimono – all rectangles, minimal shaping, relatively easy to construct. I want to stitch it all by hand in the traditional way, piecing blues and greens together boro-style and then embroidering and quilting. I like the way Japanese garments are based on the measurements of one’s own body. For instance, the width of the collar is traditionally determined by the width of your own outstretched hand. I like that; it gives the garment a kind of magical, protective quality and is something to meditate on while stitching.
So the book that will wear this cover will be a kind of starting point for some ideas. This will be more notebook than sketchbook: a place to jot down instructions, revisions, measurements etc. I’m no expert dressmaker, but I’m looking forward to this.