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pixelated flower kimono

I bought this awesome silky patterned fabric at the Goldhawk Road meet-up, when Lauren of Lladybird was doing her transatlantic trip. Here is a post and some pictures from the meet-up that Kelly of makesewdo shared. Ok, back to the fabric. Look at this!

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I didn’t have a clue what I was going to make out of this – my first thought was a dress, but it’s both a little thin, and a little overwhelming for me to wear as a dress, but I got 2,5 meters so I would have enough a dress-appropriate amount anyway. I bought some midnight navy twill for a Robson coat as well, and some dark grey silk charmeuse for a slip (oooo, luxury!), but this fabric I had no plans for.

It took me a short week, and then I realized that much better than making a dress out of this, would be making a kimono! I’ve seen people on the interwebs looking all stylish in jeans and heels and flowy kimonos, and I might try that, but more likely is floating about in my apartment, looking all bohemian and lovely when I have stuff delivered at the door. Yeah, much more likely!

kimono3I’m not quite sure what I’m doing here – channeling a stern prison warden perhaps? Haha! Photo by Linn Heidi Stokkedal

I used a combination of this Elle Apparel tutorial for some rough measurements and general ideas, this vintage looking diagram as a cutting layout guide, and a whole lot of eyeballing. The length is completely dictated by the length of the fabric, and then everything else followed from there. It’s roughly 36″ long, 31″ wide across the shoulder, and the sleeves are two rectangles of 16″ (folded double for the cuff) and 20″ for the armhole length. From the scraps I pieced together a rectangle for the belt, and another rectangle to hem the kimono.

A slight aside – this fall I’ve taught an evening class on designing and sewing, and have had a great little group of teenagers taking the class. We even had a photoshoot arranged for them at the end, and I managed to have a couple of pictures taken of me too. The photoshoot was great fun, and a little creepy since it was at a deserted prison! Peeling paint, elaborate iron cell doors, brick wall sections of the yard… the works!

kimono2Photo by Linn Heidi Stokkedal

  • lsaspacey

    Ooh, love this! Wonder if you also have a dress-up dress you could pair with this when you go out?

    • Oooh, that’s an idea! Would you pair it with a fairly simple or neutral dress then, like a little black dress?

      • lsaspacey

        Yes, or a a simple one in one of the colors in the print.

        • Hmm, that could look quite cool – thanks for helping me expand my potential outfits! :)

        • Update! I went to a house-warming party this weekend, with a Kill Bill-theme. I wore this aqua ruched dress I just posted about with my kimono — and I felt great. The aqua color picked up the print perfectly, so thanks for the suggestion. It only took me 10 months to get it together! 😉

  • sewsouthlondon

    I LOVE the fabric! The kimono is a perfect combination of modern and vintage. Fabulous. x

    • Thank you Rachel! I bought the fabric in the second store we went to, I think. I’m so pleased I found what I think is a perfect match of type of garment and fabric!

      • sewsouthlondon

        It proves how little imagination I have, as I probably saw you buying it. Now it’s made up into a garment I absolutely love it! Must go back for another shopping trip!

        • Oh, don’t let me stand in the way of the enabling – do it! 😉 It’s actually a pretty far cry from the fabrics I usually buy, but I guess I just have to do it in baby-steps!

  • There’s something so glamourous about kimonos and yours really proves that, rather jealous.

    • Ooo, we should all have kimonos! I actually did feel really glamorous – especially with those red lips too!

  • That’s gorgeous! And congrats on the teaching – your students were lucky to have you!

    • Aww, thank you Gillian, that is sweet!

  • Such a cool fabric, you’re going to look so stylish lounging around the house!

    • Thank you Alessa! I’ve used it quite a bit the last month (including when I stayed at a hotel for the New Years weekend), and I feel so swanky – love it!