Folkwear 143 Japanese Michiyuki



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Buy the 143 Japanese Michiyuki sewing pattern from Folkwear. This three-quarter length kimono-style jacket originated in the 20th century as an over-kimono coat that was worn for extra warmth and/or protection while out and about. Its low, square neckline was designed to attractively frame the overlapping neckbands of the kimono and under-kimono worn underneath.

Today, the michiyuki is also worn as a dressy overcoat, casual coat-dress, and artist’s or work smock, perfect for studio or garden tasks. Lengthened and made out of water-repellant fabric, it also functions as a raincoat.

The pattern features a double-breasted front opening, kimono-style sleeves that are large enough to fit over a kimono underneath, a narrow neck band with mitred corners, and a handy pocket hidden in the front seam. Covered buttons are decorative only; snap fasteners attach the overlapping front panels, so no buttonholes are needed.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Note if purchasing copy shop printing: One pattern piece is divided across two A0 sheets. The A0 sheets will need to be joined with no overlap. 

Suggested fabrics: Drapey fabrics with body, such as rayon or silk crepe, for the outer michiyuki. Lightweight silk or cotton for the lining.

The michiyuki is typically made from unpatterned fabrics with a woven-in design or texture, such as brocade. This is so the garment does not clash with the more elaborate designs of the underlying kimono. However, some michiyuki fabrics have all-over designs like small checks or narrow stripes. Satin gives a more formal, dressy look. Microfibres and treated fabrics are good for a raincoat.

Fabric requirements: Yardages given are for fabrics with or without nap.

Outer: 45″ (115 cm) wide fabric: 3 – 3 3/4 yd (2.6 – 3.4 m) // 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 2 3/8 – 2 1/2 yd (2.2 – 2.3 m).

Lining: 45″ (115 cm) wide fabric: 2 3/4 – 3 3/4 yd (2.5 – 3.4 m) // 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 2 1/8 – 2 1/2 yd (1.9 – 2.3 m).

Sizing: XS – 2XL (approx. UK 4/6 – 24/26, based on our standardised size chart). Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Thread; five 1/4″ (6 mm) or 3/8″ (10 mm) snap fasteners; four 5/8″ (16 mm) decorative buttons or kit for making covered buttons from the selected michiyuki fabric.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; print-at-home pattern (40 pages); 36″ wide copy shop pattern (1 sheet); A0 copy shop pattern (2 sheets).

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Make time

All day

Sewing level



UK 4 / US 0 / EU 32, UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52, UK 26 / US 22 / EU 54

Pattern format

PDF, PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (+£7.00)

PDF Printing

40 Pages

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