Well hello! You know that I am not so good at sewing for others? Well recently I can proudly state that I have made FIVE garments for loved ones. Yep. Will that count as my ration for the year now? Does that make me not a 100% totally selfish sewer? Here are two of a kind. I sorta jumped on this wild kimono bandwaggon, thinking they are the perfect garment for friends, not matter how tall or curvy.
And they are a simple make. I searched out an online tutorial – bizarrely using Youtube for a change – this is the tutorial I used – but you have some bizarre styling footage by a young entrepreneurial stylista to watch before you get on to the actual tutorial.
I only say that the styling footage is bizarre, because it feels like I entered this new universe watching it – a universe governed by the young, wise and beautiful, giving me styling advice. And of course sewing advice too.
A kimono folks is just a number of rectangles sewn together. And there are loads of tutorials out there- you can even make a kimono with one piece of fabric using the By Hand way. All I was looking for was an easy method & dimensions for my rectangles. I had afterall made my own “Kung Fu Fighting” Kimono last year (which is my summer cover up). I knew how easy it was, but wanted to make it as a kimono jacket as opposed to a belted wrap. And I must say that I had made this well before the free pattern included with Love Sewing mag – which would have saved me some time too!
OK. What I liked about the Youtube approach was that the drafting involved rectangles for sleeves, yes, but there was also an addition of a “triangle” to the centre front, which gave even more of a lovely cascade effect for wearing as a floaty jacket.
There was also a little more effort involved in creating a neck band & facing which I felt more appropriate as I was intending to give these as gifts- it was a nicer finish than just giving the whole centre front & neckline a narrow hem.
The hardest thing I found in making these gifts was in choosing fabric – I went to my local fabric shop so that I could assess the fabric for drape. I knew I really wanted a viscose, but I was faced with limited choice plus I was faced with the difficulty of choosing fabric that I thought my friends would like & would suit them. REALLY difficult. In the end the spotty is a viscose and I managed to find an amazing lace/ crochet fabric in cream for the other.
I used French seams for the viscose & hand sewed the neck band facing. I sewed the cream lace using my overlocker – SCORE! But for hemming the lace wanted to go all over the place so I used this dissolving hem tape plus straight stitch on my regular machine which was just brilliant.
I am afraid I do not have any photos of my friends modelling them, but you’ll just have to look at me pretending I did not give them away. Since they are not destined for me, I have not done the usual photo shoot.
But I really loved the idea of them – the viscose one is so lovely & drapey.
I felt quite exotic! The lace version felt different, but dressed up a plain outfit.
What do you think? Has this given you a potential sewn gift idea? Or just for yourself !!