Kimono jackets have been around for a while now and this pattern Simplicity 1318 * was on my to do list all last year. I've only just made it up and I'm glad I did. It's a lovely pattern and it makes up well as a light layer to throw on in unpredictable weather and boy haven't we had that. Sydney has been having constant rain for the last week and it's been cold/ humid rather than real cold, if you know what I mean. It's good to dress in layers because you could be boiling by the end of the day.
*BTW Simplicity please put a search box on your website as it's clunky and crowded and time consuming to navigate.
But back to the kimono. I first saw it here on Erica Bunker's site. That lady makes up the latest thing when it's current. Me, I go 'that's nice', get the pattern then don't sew it till a year later. Must do something about that lol.
I had some burn out poly velour in the stash. It was hidden so deep I didn't find it until I'd rifled through all six tubs of fabric muttering 'I know it's in here somewhere.
But just as well, because I found the black satin that I used as contrast trim because I didn't have enough. Fortuitous.
Shot indoors because it's raining..
The pattern is quick and easy to put together but do add the notches rather than ignoring them because on garments of this type everything looks kinda the same till it all comes together.
I had to shorten the back curve by 3cm tapering to the side seams to bring it into proportion on me because I'm short.
I made the body up on the serger, then assembled the front & neck band and used the walking foot to attach it to the body and finished the edges with the serger. Same with the sleeve bands. The walking foot saved me a lot of hassle because the velour had stretch and the satin didn't.
Would I sew it again? Yes if the right material came along. Speaking of which my resolution is to buy sparingly and with intent, not on impulse. Get what I need. Sew what I have.
We'll see how that goes :)