How fun is this? Butterick 5891

Butterick 5891 Katherine Tilton Pattern

I made myself a little jacket! This is a Katherine Tilton pattern, Butterick 5891.

It started with the fabric – it’s a home dec fabric from IKEA in 100% cotton. It has a woodcut style koi print. I wanted to make a project inspired by Japanese Ukiyo-e style, which was a popular genre of woodblock prints and paintings from the 17th through 19th centuries. You can now find it interpreted in modern works. My son is a Japanese major so I’m constantly learning interesting tidbits about Japan and the Japanese culture.

I thought the Katherine Tilton jacket would be fabulous for this print, but I didn’t want the whole thing to be THE PRINT. I found a few coordinating fabrics from my stash and narrowed it down to a grey cotton (I bought it long ago, it was a drapery fabric!) and a red linen for some contrast.

The jacket was very easy to put together and sew. I made a size 12, wanting it to be a bit over-sized. The only alteration I made was to lengthen the sleeves. The pattern shows just longer than 3/4 length but not quite full length….hmmm, I wanted full length that I could roll up. I think I added about 2.5″.

I used Pro-Sheer Elegance Medium interfacing on the front facings (oh my, such nice stuff) that ended up being just perfect. The collar of the jacket is meant to be kind of floppy and just hangs as it wants to, it’s part of the eclectic style of the jacket. With my linen, it likes to fold open. With a stiffer fabric it would probably stick up. Either way, I like it! Both sides of the collar fabric will show, so keep that in mind of you make this one. Also, both sides of the “points” at the lower sides by the hem show as you walk, too.

Koi inside

Inside the back: bias trim added to collar seam, selvedge edge finish of back seam, hand stitching.

I didn’t want a regular seam finish to show at the collar seam, so I made some bias tape from the koi fabric to cover it up. I cut the back pattern piece of the grey fabric along the selvedge edge for an interesting seam look with a mock flat felled seam.

Once it was all together, it looked good…but still needed something to make it POP. I added hand stitching using cotton embroidery floss. The designs mirror the water ripples in the print. I used both an off-white and a red.

Koi circle close

koi front

It looks crooked here, but only because of my poor hanging skills. The jacket hangs very straight in real life!

Koi side



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  1. I love your hand stitching – continuing the circle lines on the next piece!
    Truly – a piece of art!

  2. I’ve made up this pattern twice and now I’m contemplating a third after seeing your fabulous rendition!

  3. That IS a fun jacket! I love your fabrics & the stitching you added.

  4. I saw your jacket on PR and came over to see it in detail. It’s wonderful…and that’s a comment coming from someone who doesn’t usually care for the Tilton style 🙂 The hand stitching absolutely elevates it from interesting to wow.

    I’m enjoying all your previous posts too. Glad to have found your blog.

  5. Yours is a wonderful interpretation of this most interesting pattern and gives me ideas for my own interpretation.

    I love much of the Japanese aesthetic, too. My two young half-Japanese grandsons speak only Japanese with their mother and occasionally slip into Japanese when speaking with each other. It thrills me to pieces, for some reason.

  6. Vancouver Barbara

    I have just found your blog and LOVE this jacket. You’ll see a comment from me on the previous jacket but it was meant for this one.
    And as for the previous jacket, I would have tried to put the band on entirely by machine using the stitch-in-the-ditch technique.
    Today’s jacket is SO INSPIRING. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love your interpretation of the jacket. IMHO, it looks better than the pattern envelope.

  8. I like it! Colors are great and the handwork – perfect finish!

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  9. Your jacket is fabulous! I love every scrap and stitch of it — how you combined the fabrics, balanced the colors and used hand-stitching for the perfect finish. Thanks for sharing your process and talents.

  10. Truly an outstanding version of this terrific jacket!

  11. Fabulous jacket! Wonderful version of the jacket.

  12. Just found your blog via Communing with Fabric. Your jacket is amazing. Actually amazing really doesn’t do it justice. The hand stitching adds the perfect touch.

  13. Love the skirt, it is so outside the box in a really good way!

  14. I love your jacket! As everyone has already noted, it is a work of art, and I love your use of different fabrics, colors and embellishment. When I grow up I want to make things like this! 🙂

  15. Fabulous jacket. I will can’t wait to see what you do next.

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  16. Your jacket is so flipping cool!

  17. This is fabulous – definitely the best interpretation of this pattern I’ve seen yet. And I’ve made it three times, three different ways, but yours is so terrific! Love the hand stitching, the colors, the fabrics. All work together so well. A garment you should be proud of!

  18. […] I am always on the lookout for new blogs that excite me, and I was definitely excited to find Domestic Deb and, in particular, her fabulous version of Katherine Tilton’s jacket! […]

  19. Another Deb :-)

    Love both artistic interpretations of the jackets. I had skipped this pattern until I saw what you did…WOW! You opened up a world of possibilities. Hope you do more design. Really suits you. Deb

  20. You have made a beautiful jacket , just fabulous.

  21. Such a splendid rendition of the Tilton jacket. I can’t tell you how enthusiastic I am about finally making it after seeing your versions. Regards trish

  22. I love your jacket. With your permission, I’ll like to make a similar interpretation of this pattern. What a terrific fabric artist you are. Thanks for sharing pictures and inspiration

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  24. Absolutely love this. So glad Pinterest showed it to me today. I’m a big Tilton Sisters fan and will definitely be making this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  25. Carolyn Soto

    So wonderful! You are a girl after my own heart. Please add me to your admirers!

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