Thursday, April 30, 2015

Simplicity 1318: Kimono

I've been sewing those chiffon kimonos for my daughters that are all the rage right now, and thought: "Why not make one for me?"
Although I don't follow the trends too much when sewing for myself, I consider the kimono to function like a lightweight jacket. I chose to use Simplicity 1318, View B, because I liked the look of the banded fronts and sleeves.
Misses' Kimono Jackets Simplicity Pattern 1318

Deciding to sew a test garment first from my stash, I found this
rayon challis purchased online from Fashion Fabrics Club 3 years ago. I remember adding this fabric to my order back then to reach the minimum to receive free shipping.....we ALL do that, right?!
I also remember opening the box on the day it was delivered, with the "WHAT was I thinking?" feeling......I really thought that it was an ugly duckling. 
Fast forward 3 years, and now this fabric didn't look so bad that I couldn't try it with this 'wearable muslin'. It is soft and flowing, and the print looks a lot like what I see in RTW.




Per pattern instructions, I interfaced the bands, using 
ProTRICOT fusible from Fashion Sewing Supply, and assembled the kimono using my serger, handstitching the bands to the inside for a cleaner finish.

I wore this when I visited my daughters in Chicago a couple of weekends ago, and my daughter Kristen was my photographer for my city shots. 

(Rhonda: do you recognize this mural? Lawrence by the Copernicus Center :-))








I don't know how many of these I can use in my wardrobe, but given some the right fabric I might make it again.




13 comments:

  1. Love it and the fabric makes it. I don't believe in ugly fabric it just has to meet the right pattern. Great job.

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    1. Thanks, Tanya! I think you are right about ugly fabric...!

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  2. What a lovely kimono! I love your fabric choice too. Great job, keep sewing and posting!
    www.sewplus.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Bonnie...off to check out your blog!

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  3. I love this kimono on you and the fabric is perfect.

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    1. Thanks, Lori! Who would have thought...?, LOL

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  4. Nice! I like the print. I bought that pattern a few months ago after seeing view B made up on a blog. Haven't made it yet. I need to. It's a nice "jacket" to throw on over a T for work.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I thought you had this pattern :-)

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  5. You looks so cute and comfortable... great print.

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! I was having a great weekend visiting my daughters :-)

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  6. hot momma in the city ;)

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