Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Discovering Kolkata Cloth and the Kochi Kimono

We all have items that we consider wardrobe staples - items that we make over and over again and find ourselves reaching into our closets for everyday. For some, these everyday essentials are t-shirts, for some, it's jeans. You'll hear someone say, 'Well, you can never have too many...'

We would agree on this in regards to the Kochi Kimono Jacket from Papercut Patterns.  If ever there was a versatile jacket pattern for all seasons and frame of mind, we might suggest that it's this great unlined jacket.

We've featured this jacket in Cotton Ikat...

Also in a yarn dyed Linen 

And even Cotton Flannel

One of our favorite fabrics at the moment is Kolkata cloth, a textured, woven cotton that is absolutely awesome for so many patterns - pants, dresses, you name it. We love the ease of this casual fabric, especially after a washing, when the texture reveals itself.

As of the writing of this blog, there are only 5 colors left—Paprika, Raffia, Yarrow, Basil, and Ivory. Sometimes things don't make sense in this business and the fact that this manufacturer discontinued this fabric, is beyond me. We bought all the bolts left after we found out they were not going forward with this fabric and it's almost all gone.  It's that good. Perhaps someone will make it again...someday.

Needless to say, we are in love with this fabric - and it's perfect for the Kochi Kimono. If it's possible to have a jacket that works in all for seasons, this might be the one. It is easy to make and easy to layer, since it's unlined.  The lines are simple, with that kimono styling that is so flattering, for any body type.

For this version, we went with variation 1, with collar band and pockets, but opted out of the waist ties. Instead, I've decided to style it with a belt when I want to wear it closed. A self-belt from the same fabric would look great, as well!

I can think of several other patterns that would lend themselves nicely to this textured cotton. Here are just a few:

The new Picasso Pants from Sewing Workshop...

How about the Stevie Tunic from Tilly and Buttons - perfect!

Or the Sointu Kimono Tee from Named Patterns...

I'd even say it would make a wonderfully soft and cozy pair of Arenite Pants from Sew Liberated...

When we find a fabric that's this versatile, the possibilities are endless. You don't always have to reinvent the wheel when planning your Destiny wardrobe.  Certain fabrics are worth repeating - and bonus - using similar fabrics can bring a cohesiveness to your wardrobe. I think that's why we often make separates - different pieces can be put together in a new way, thus expanding your daily choices of the "what shall I wear today" dilemma.

If you haven't seen Kolkata Cloth in person, why not order a couple of swatches (while there is some left) on the Stonemountain website.  It's a great way to be sure of a color and a texture for your next me-made garment.

Thanks for reading along! Have you noticed how exciting things are getting in the world of sewing indie patterns? Beautiful fabric to pair with indie patterns is taking us all to a whole new level of creating clothes for our soul.

Happy Sewing,
Berkeley CA


  1. Lovely!! Absolutely lovely and inspired!

  2. Thank you for taking time to blog. I am always inspired and the added info on patterns and fabric have helped me a lot. The Picasso pants look like a possibility - just wish they included a back view and button detail in finished sample photos