On these grey winter days, I find myself needing an injection of color into my wardrobe.
This jacket is certainly that! Colorful, loud, a little wild.
Tim says that this jacket has turned me into the quintessential Vermont hippie. I'm not mad about that. I've told you before that at least part of my aesthetic leans towards former elementary school art teacher moves to a farm in Vermont to pursue her pottery. This jacket definitely fits this mold! To keep the Vermont theme going I took these photos in front of my neighbor's weird, dilapidated lead-hazard of a barn, not an uncommon sight in Vermont.
The (long) backstory is this: my mom and I had been discussing quilted jackets/coats, and I mentioned really liking the texture and colors of kantha quilts (Bengali patchwork with running stitch quilting).
I also mentioned that I had seen some interesting kantha quilts at Ocean State Job Lot (the weirdest store ever, in my opinion, but my mom loves it). She and I had been there to look for components (silvery textured sponges for her accessories and shiny silver duct tape to cover her rainboots) of her Miss Piggy (from Pigs in Space) Halloween costume a couple years back, and I made the mistake of not taking a closer look at the quilts.
After that conversation she went back to Ocean State Job Lot, found a couple cool-looking quilts, and bought them at an insane discount (probably during Silver Salute week, which is her absolute favorite; the woman loves a discount), for purposes of making jackets. Thanks, Mom!
I went with the same size and length for this Haori (XL, longest length), but I cut the collar at half width because I find I don't love the fold over collar. I skipped the patch pockets because it seems like a bit much, but I may go back and add them later; we shall see!