Chores ᐧ 11 Companions


11 Companions

Words by Shaina Yang

The tips of my fingers ever-so-slightly
from a week of nightly pomegranates
do not fade after repeated washings
so I leave them be
Unlike the cat
whose grooming, fastidious
seems to be labour that cannot be left

I wonder
who is the wiser of us

Chores is a collection of eighteen hand-embroidered vintage chore coats, celebrating the beauty of earnest labor. Each piece is a vintage garment transformed through a unique pattern of hand-embroidery, inspired by the unintentional yet beautiful splatters left on an old painting smock.

Because they are vintage pieces, each coat is slightly different in size, fabric, and condition.

11 Companions measures:

Cross Chest 21" (42" Bust)
Body Length 26"
Sleeve Length 23.5"

The fabric is a midweight cotton flannel with a brushed texture and black stitching, worn-in and very soft. It is in good condition, with some light all-over pilling but no noticeable wear and tear. The garment has an invisible button placket along center front, as well as pleated buttonhole closures at both wrists which can be used to cinch the sleeve hem (see photos).

Please hand wash cold with mild detergent, and line dry. Warm iron on reverse with a little steam.

Joy's brother Justin (in photos) is 5'5" tall and measures:

Cross Chest 17" (34" Bust)
Body Length 25.5"
Sleeve Length 22" 

*Choose what you pay:

$380 - Covers materials and labor for creating this piece

$480 - Helps sustain my practice by paying for work that happens beyond garment construction alone

$580 - Contributes to the growth of my practice, allowing me to invest in tools, people, and future projects + comes with a surprise bonus item

Please note: If any one pricing tier is marked as "sold out," the item is no longer available. This is due to a quirk in the website's inventory management system that Joy has yet to find a good solution for. Thank you for understanding!