Denise Powell

for Interpretations   2011

Cherry Blossom Haori

Powell: "A haori is a Japanese jacket with kimono-style sleeves and fronts that do not overlap, unlike kimono. They are about hip-length and were worn over kimono, especially in formal situations. They were worn by both men and women.

"In modern life a haori, whether knitted or the more traditional woven version, is a much more wearable garment than a kimono. They can be worn casually with blue jeans, in the office as a jacket, or in the evening. This version, knitted with a large graphic design, hits a middle note of formality and will fit into many occasions.

"Traditional haori were made from narrow widths of fabric, seamed up the centre back and continued from back to front with no shoulder seams. Since we are working with knitting, we can modify this. The Cherry Blossom Haori has a one piece back and shoulder seams for stability. Although the finished circumference of the garment is about 46 inches, it can be made significantly wider with side panels. Back width = 58 cm (23 inches); finished circumference about 116 cm (46 inches). Larger sizes are easily made by adding side panels, which is one traditional way of adjusting Japanese garment sizes."

Pattern Detail

  • Cherry blossoms charted
  • no schematics
  • sewing required
  • all season
  • straight (flat)
  • one size, finished 46", but customizable; see data page
  • digital PDF has 12 pages (letter size)
  • easy
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 5.0 mm
    • US 8
    • 18.0 st st
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