Recycled Sari Silk Kochi Jacket
When Darn Good Yarn asked if I would like to partner up and create something using Recycled Sari Silk Bundle, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but knew I would love to up cycle the materials into something useful and beautiful!. I was happy to know that Darn Good Yarn carries many different recycled materials form yarns, silk ribbons, sari clothing and fabrics, such a clever way to keep these materials out of the landfill and give them a second life. I decided to make another Kochi Jacket and loved the way it turned out!
Before I make a commitment to partnering or ahem becoming an influencer of any kind, I do my research making sure the product I am working with is inline with my ethical values. My ethical values are truth, honesty, fairness, and equity , social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, and transparency. After reading Darn Good Yarn’s mission statement and values, this was a brand I could stand behind.
From Darn Good Yarns website here is a little bit about their company and mission statement and goals.
Darn Good Yarn isn’t your run-of-the-mill yarn. There are special stories of hard work, love and creativity wrapped into everything you find at Darn Good Yarn. From the artisan to the person who packs our orders, Darn Good Yarn is fueled by infusing Good into all parts of our business. From our warehouse and order fulfillment partnership with Schenectady ARC (a non-profit dedicated to providing employment for adults with developmental disabilities) to our employee benefit programs, our goal is to create a better world by caring and doing things the slightly harder way. In a world of short-cuts and cookie cutter experiences, we believe that when you slow down in order to build that this creates more sustainability and stronger communities. Start at love means being compassionate with the intent to make a positive change in the universe. We believe the application of starting at love with everything you do leads to a happier world. We run our company based on 6 core values which are:
Implement Creative Innovation
Be Human & Kind
Darn Good Yarn and its subsidiaries, commit to doing good in the world by operating a business with a foundation in the tenants of the triple bottom line framework.
Our goals are to:
Support sustainable and fair jobs around the globe through ethical sourcing, and working with producers and organizations that have similar goals.
Source products that promote job creation for individuals who are marginalized and under-served so that they can provide food, education and healthcare for their families. We also comply with warehousing and distribution models that provide safe employment to disadvantaged populations, including adults with developmental disabilities.
Work with our suppliers, producers, and organizations to find all opportunities to serve the workers and artisans involved in our company, and to continually improve their safe and humane working environments.
Focus on sourcing products and developing supply chains that benefit disadvantaged populations, including people groups that face issues of gender, caste, racial discrimination. We also seek to employ disabled individuals and veterans.
Focus on sourcing products that have a reclaimed or recycled element integrated into their regular production process, whenever this is commercially feasible.
I love that the company works directly with the artisans who create the products and serve those who serve them. I felt good receiving my Recycled Sari Silk Fabric and wanted to do this beautiful silk justice! After much pondering on what to create, I decided to make a Kochi Jacket simply because I have made the pattern once before and have the pattern ready to go, and I knew the silk would work well for the pattern.
The bundle arrived in a sweet little package wrapped with another piece of silk that looks like a previous belt, I did not incorporate that piece, but will figure out something to do with it soon! I am not sure for every bundle, but mine looked as of it was remnants of circle skirts, that their company does sell directly on their website. The bundle comes with 5 pieces of silk, all irregular shaped. I had 2 very large pieces that I made the Jacket body and sleeves with, and 3 long medium strips , one used for the neckline , one the loose belt, and I will use the last one for a scarf or hair tie. There are so many options you could play around with!
I went ahead and made the 3rd version of Paper Cut Patterns Kochi Jacket , with no liner and used all french seams for a clean inside. It was a little tricky to place pattern pieces on the grain line due to the shape of fabric and some blemishes and small holes to cut around, but I did my best to make it work. Some silks have beautiful borders, I tried my best to tie that in as well. I cut out single layers at a time, silk can be slippery to work with, you can lay a piece of tissue paper over the fabric to cut to help.
I followed the instructions to assemble the garment, the kochi Jacket is very easy to sew and easy to follow instructions,,especially if you are not lining or adding ties! The french seams took a little extra time, but I would not skip this part if you are leaving unlined or working with such delicate materials such as silk. It was a challenging to sew on the neckline, but pin down well and press out any wrinkles and you should be fine. I did have to hand baste the end corner on one side, it didn’t quite catch underneath, this happens.
I hope to wear this piece frequently with trousers or over maxi dresses for summer, you could also extend the length and make a gorgeous lounging robe for home! I adore the rich earth tone colors that came in my bundle, this will be able to go with many other existing pieces that I already own.
If you would like to make your own Kochi jacket or something else you fancy with Recycled Sari Silk bundles, you can directly link on this post and use the code Joannaessentials15 at checkout for 15% off! I would love for you to share by tagging me or darn good yarn on your post! Thank you for reading!
Kochi Jacket- Paper Cut Patterns and fabric Darn Good Yarn
Jeans- Ginger Jeans Pattern from Closet Case Patterns
Denim from - Threadbare fabrics cone mills denim
shoes- Matisse footwear