Light Cotton Jacket, Matching Design No Pattern

 This was a lovely gift of two yards of fabric from my friend who went to Bali.

I am proud of how I figured it out and also I had the perfect button hooks to match the fabric, wasting away in my button sewing box.

It was a 2 yard piece of fabric with dark blue background and gold metallic design. When it was finished I took the scraps and made a mask and earrings.  Used every inch of this fabric.

I needed something lightweight and cotton, so I picked up the piece and examined the print.  It had some lovely design that was in columns I could use for borders, but I could see it would take work to cut it out.

The selvage was a nice print of gold, that I didn't want to lose. 

I laid out the whole piece of fabric and figured how I could cut the front pieces and the back piece on a fold and utilize the border strips.

When there wasn't quite enough of the strips I would block end them with the scraps.

In my blog this post explains taking a simple piece of fabric and making a jacket for yourself.  This was a little more complicated because of the print needing to be pieced correctly.

Meetup 12 Easy Kimono Jacket without pattern -approx 2 yds -pretty drapey fabric (

To be able to use those gold strip selvages I cut the strips on the print line and folded the opposite edge under, pressed so that I could topstitch on the edge of the sleeve rectangle and the front shirt piece also rectangles.

Closeup of Button hooks

Mask and button earrings made from tiny left over scraps

Closeup of trim topstitched on sleeve to show gold selvage


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