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Scrap Happy April

April 14, 2021

another month, just slipping away

 Spring is here, the days are longer, the sun is warm and the birds are singing

the idea behind a hinagata hanten is explained in a previous blog

I thought it would be quicker to sew than the full sized hanten (work jacket) I hand stitched in Japan

well, it took longer – so small and fiddle-y

I  started by boro stitching on a scrappy piece of indigo dyed cotton

then Kjerstin (and Henrietta) arrived with a gift of indigo scraps – what joy!

the sleeves were tiny so they were finished with a plain linen binding

lining is a scrap from my old yukata ( cotton, unlined summer kimono)(in a different yukata)

1987, Kawashima Textile school with my roommate Taeko-san and Flora Ito, from California

finished — length is 10 inches/25.4 cm. and width across the sleeves is 16 inches/40.6 cm.

although I planned the placement of patches when stitching it is interesting to see how they look in the finished piece

pockets are not traditional on Japanese clothing but occasionally appear on jackets

and I love pocketsa shibori six-pointed flower from the Miao people in China – one of the scraps from Kjerstin

 I have been unsuccessful when tying and dyeing this pattern but will give it another try

the pocket placement is a bit low on the jacket but there was a small hole that needed covering

I started with hinagata measurements from The Book of Boro  but there seems to be a printing mistake in the width of panels

if you want to make any traditional Japanese clothing the best, most comprehensive information is John Marshall’s Make Your Own Japanese Clothes

making kimono & Japanese clothes by Jenni Dobson is a more Westernized “how to” book

happy Spring everyone

here is Kate’s list of other scrap happy bloggers;

Kate (me!)Gun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, NancyDawn 2, Noreen,
Bear, Carol, Preeti and Edith

43 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2021 3:19 pm

    what a splendid project and to hear you’ve already got it hanging on a wall to admire. I find making my tiny books very fiddly-e as well – cutting the papers to make them and then deciding what else to insert, hence I don’t make them much.


    • April 19, 2021 7:19 pm

      Catherine – I seem to be making smaller and smaller projects and finishing each piece. Love making books, my colour study involving one double page a month for the year is starting to take shape.

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  2. April 16, 2021 1:04 am

    So beautiful and the lining is gorgeous!


    • April 16, 2021 9:46 am

      Rutigt – the lining is a very common Japanese printed commercial cotton made specifically for yukata. Probably not well know in the quilting world because it comes in narrow widths – approx. 32 cm.and full lengths of 12 metres.

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  3. April 15, 2021 8:33 pm

    Oh, how wonderful! I love it 🙂


  4. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    April 15, 2021 8:02 am

    That is beautiful. It must have involved a lot of patience because small things are very fiddly indeed. Sometimes I am in the mood to do small intricate things and sometimes I am not – if I try when the mood is wrong I just end up cross!


    • April 15, 2021 10:34 am

      sue – yes, some patience is required but I just did a little each day, it wasn’t as hard on the hands/fingers as the full size, handstitched ones I did in Japan.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        April 17, 2021 4:32 am

        Those full size ones must be a lot of work.


      • April 17, 2021 11:21 am

        Sue – not really, one piece of fabric for main and lining, no darts or armhole/sleeve shapings. Quicker than any Western clothing except that they were all handsewn – would be much faster with machine. And definitely nothing like a hand sewn quilt. It is all relative.

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  5. Susan Nixon permalink
    April 15, 2021 7:54 am

    What a wonderful jacket, and a great way to use those pieces together.


  6. April 15, 2021 7:07 am

    First- WOW! That is an awesome jacket! So beautiful for something so tiny! You are an inspiration to me to make something for one of my dolls. I just got a new one! Thank you!


    • April 15, 2021 10:47 am

      Jellico/Bear – thank you, always happy when someone is inspired. From reading your blog I think you have lots of inspiration to keep you busy. The dolls are waiting – enjoy.

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      • April 15, 2021 12:57 pm

        Thanks. I did crochet up a little jacket (almost). I still think it needs sleeves, though, so I’ll add them tonight.


      • April 15, 2021 1:26 pm

        Bear – oh, that is good. Maybe each doll needs a new Spring jacket – how many do you have?


      • April 15, 2021 1:46 pm

        I just got a little 5 inch dolly. I have Abigail who’s about 7-8inches, a handful of 1/12 scale dolls for the dollhouse, and an 18in doll. I never had them growing up, not until I got married. Mom wanted a boy, so it was HotWheel cars and plastic soldiers growing up.


      • April 15, 2021 2:33 pm

        Bear – it is nice to hear that you are enjoying your dolls now. I have an opposite story – my Mom loved dolls, she collected travel dolls, Raggedy Ann and Andy cloth dolls, antique porcelain you name it she had it! She thought teddy bears were for boys – I never had one, and so I love them now.

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      • April 16, 2021 6:20 am

        Maybe the lack as a child makes me live dolls all the more, too. I don’t play with them… Don’t really comprehend how. But, I do enjoy making clothes for them… Then passing them on to a little girl who wouldn’t have them otherwise. Maybe because I remember a special Barbie I was given by a police secret Santa the year my daddy died.


      • April 16, 2021 9:42 am

        Bear – its so nice that you share your love of dolls with a child .

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  7. April 15, 2021 12:43 am

    What a sweet creation – and what tiny scraps!


  8. claire93 permalink
    April 15, 2021 12:35 am

    how beautiful! have you made this for a doll? or just a miniature size to hang as a decoration?


    • April 15, 2021 10:50 am

      Claire – don’t have any dolls that need dressing and it doesn’t fit any of the teddies. Guess it will hang in the studio.

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      • claire93 permalink
        April 15, 2021 1:05 pm

        what a shame you didn’t make it teddy size!


      • April 15, 2021 1:24 pm

        Claire – I wanted the size to relate to the true proportions of a kimono/hanten. The sleeves would need to be wider and would drive me crazy. It looks traditional hanging off the bamboo rod.

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  9. April 14, 2021 6:27 pm

    Every small scrap
    Perfectly placed and fitting
    Hanten happiness!


  10. April 14, 2021 5:11 pm

    Small is fiddly! Your mini Hanten is so pretty, and I am glad you found a place for the flower!


  11. April 14, 2021 4:52 pm

    So beautiful and delicate!


  12. April 14, 2021 2:29 pm

    That’s beautiful 🤩. It’s so minute and intricate and awesome. I love anything Japanese as I have travelled over 10 years to all the ports in Japan on my dads ship when I was a kid 😍.


    • April 14, 2021 4:24 pm

      Vera – thank you. That sounds like a wonderful experience. Eldest son was a Rotary exchange student in Himeji for a year and we visited with his families. Then I went to UVic and studied Japanese and then went to Kawashima in Kyoto for six months. Since then I’ve been back 7 times. Don’t know if I’ll make it back again. 🙂

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