Drum roll please… And the winner is… Lovespunk!
After wearing all 3 kimonos, several times, I found that this style (Kimono 3 shown above) was the easiest to wear, and having weighed up the pros and cons of how they’re made, I decided that with a couple of easy additions/tweaks Lovespunk’s was THE kimono for me. It has the curved neckline, is more fitted and so has more shape plus has proper sleeves in it.
For me I found it a little difficult to do a double turned hem on the neckline, I just couldn’t get it to lie flat, so I decided to bind the neck edge and front opening in one piece and I think it looks quite professional. It kinda finishes it off.
Also with the bottom hem going from the curve of the back section to the straight lines of the front section, that didn’t want to lie flat either, so I didn’t fully sew the side seams but left a 2 inch gap at the bottom and turned a tiny hem on each side to finish off, before I hemmed the bottom edge of each section.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
After looking at a number of kimono tutorials and buying several metres of lace trim, which never seemed to look right on any of the kimonos I had already made, I came up with a kimono of my own. All shall be revealed next time, so come back soon to see my first ever tutorial.