This Wiksten Haori was once a curtain in someone’s house.
The leaf design on this fabric is typical of the mid-century modern style. It was all about the exotic, so tropical themes were big. Vintage drapes can cost as much as $200 per panel on Ebay. One Saturday afternoon, I got lucky. I found mine at a estate sale for $10.
Estate sales can be such a great place to find vintage fabric and notions. My interest in them grew after I participated in the #tableclothrefashion challenge on Instagram. I made a couple of tops from vintage tablecloths (here and Here) and had so much fun, I started exploring other vintage fabrics as well. I do love taking something old and making it new. Now, I can’t pass by an estate sale without taking a look.
There was only one drapery panel at the sale so I didn’t have alot of this fabric to work with. This drape wasn’t lined, which meant it was ready for my project right away. The trickiest part of the make was figuring out how to best place my pattern pieces to let the leaf design take center stage.
This is the second Wiksten Haori I’ve made (first is here) so this make was pretty easy for me. I do love how the pattern is drafted so that the jacket is reversible.
This is the short verion of the Haori, lined with soft Chambray, the perfect fabric mate for my drapery barkcloth. Although I could reverse my Haori and wear it blue side out, I doubt I will – – I love the barkcloth side too much!
As in my other version, this Haori has a lovely feel, in part because the barkcloth is soft but heavy. That’s one of the reasons I love to wear this one so much. It feels substantial, but not too stiff. In my opinion, a medium weight fabric lined with a sleek lightweight fabric makes the perfect Haori. I love the boxy shape of this jacket and the casual feel of the fabric. I know I’ll wear it again and again. Honestly, there’s a reason this is one of the most popular patterns around. It’s so fun to sew and wear. I can’t wait to make another!! Now, if I could only find more vintage fabric….Sources anyone?
Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by!
16 thoughts on “Making a Wiksten Haori from a Mid-Century Modern Curtain”
Super inspiring. Thanks for sharing. I have some vintage bark cloth that might work great for something like this!
You are so welcome! How nice that you have some vintage fabric in your stash! Good luck with your project.
Oh the colours are just beautiful in that drape fabric! What a fab find! Lovely jacket Linda.
Thanks, Diane! It’s always so fun to dig around at a sale and find something special!
Great use of the panel. Love the print and colours.
Thanks, Vicki!! The fabric was such a lucky find!
Love this jacket with this lovely fabric! Looks great on you!
Thank-you! I’m having a lot of fun wearing it. It’s definitely a conversation starter!
Curtains are superb for some projects and your jacket looks perfect
Thank-you! I’m certainly looking at curtains differently now!
I love using repurposed curtains to make bags and I have purchased curtain/home dec fabric to make jackets. It is such a great weight and it’s nice to have access to the different styles of prints. Lucky you finding this one. It looks great! 😍👍
Oh, I didn’t think about making a bag with one…clever idea!
It’s more sturdy than the usual cotton! 😁👍
Also check thrifted shower curtains! Often heavier cotton and 72″ wide! (Also rarely worn out!!)
Thanks for the great idea!!