A haori is a traditional Japanese hip or thigh-length kimono style jacket. This type of kimono is meant to be worn open. Often times has ties mid-way along the center front opening. Traditionally a haori was worn by men until the 1800's, when geisha of Tokyo began to wear haori over their kimonos to appear more stylish. Haori is pronounced "ha-oh-ree".
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Inside the Design
On purpose, we chose un-dyed silk organza fabric. We wanted to appreciate the hand sewing and seam finishes. Fabric was purchased from Maiwa Supply Shop on Granville Island. We maintained a narrow seam allowance of 1/4", and each stitch we kept at a 1/4" width to create harmony.
- False french seam finish to the center back seam.
- False french seam finish to bottom of sleeve (front to back).
- Clean seam finish to sleeve opening to main body.
- Clean seam finish to exterior edge of the sleeve from just above the sleeve curve, going around the sleeve opening, and back round to just above the sleeve curve. We made a clip in seam allowance separating the false french seam finish and the clean seam finish. As the clean seam enters into the sleeve opening, you can simply continue the double folded edge like a narrow hem. Slip stitch into place.
- Narrow hem on top of side panel.
- Clean seam finish on side panel to main body of garment. This connects the front and back of the haori.
- False french seam finish to one edge of the front facing to the main body.
- Press up hem along the thread marked line, trim down seam allowance and slip stitch in place.
- Press back opposite edge of the front facing, trim down seam allowance and slip stitch facing closed.
Created, photographed and written by Sheila Wong Studios.