• Image of Sashiko Vest Pattern - PDF
  • Image of Sashiko Vest Pattern - PDF
  • Image of Sashiko Vest Pattern - PDF
  • Image of Sashiko Vest Pattern - PDF

Designed by Shibaguyz Designz

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Literally meaning "little stabs" or "little pierce", Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. We added Sashiko stitching elements to a vest based on Japanese patching technique, Boro to complete this design.

Boro came to predominately signify clothing worn by the peasant farming classes in the Edo era of Japan who mended their garments with spare fabric scraps out of economic necessity. A boro garment would most likely be handed down over generations, eventually resembling a patchwork after decades of mending. Only in the modern era are we beginning to see the care and beauty of these textiles.

Sashiko Vest #1 is a long vest sewn using Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric cotton cloth, then hand stitched in various Sashiko patterns using The Shibaguyz FAB Sashiko Essentials thread collection from Aurifil Thread. Deep Indigo sets the background for patches of oranges and reds and pops of teal and chartreuse.
The high thread count of Cherrywood is a preferred material for this intense hand work. The Shibaguyz teach sashiko at STITCHES Shows across the country.

Pattern includes:
- Instructions for making the vest in Sizes Small through 5X and doing the sashiko stitching.
- Detailed schematics, stitching instructions for the vest and for the sashiko embellishments
- Sashiko pattern templates
- Sizes Small to 5X

SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate

FABRIC Available from Cherrywood: CLICK HERE
- 12 colors selected by The Shibaguyz for patches
- Indigo yardage for base of vest