Way to make a Kimono #1
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Way to make a Kimono #1
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Well Kimono number one is finished, and has been worn a good few times this week! I have to say it’s a great way to jazz up a sad old vest and skinnies/shorts/skirt/dress, well… any outfit really!


Fabric for Kimono 1

Fabric for Kimono 1

Whilst trying to make my kimono out of the fabric I had chosen, I encountered a lot of skipped stitches (and by “a lot” I mean like 2 inches of skipping, 3 stitches and then another 2 inches skipped). This was driving me and my 3-year-old boy nuts, as I was not a happy bunny, shall we say!

I was pretty certain that it was not my machine, as it is only a few months old, and I had made a dress out of very slippery fine fabric without 1 skipped stitch. I even tried the machine on a scrap of the same fabric and it was fine.  I changed the tensions, the thread, the needle, I went to the sewing shop who sold me ball tip needles, all to no avail.

A seamstress friend then suggested an ordinary needle and still no joy, so I went on a forum and someone suggested keeping the fabric taut as it goes through the machine.  Bingo! It worked! I almost did a happy dance around my dining room in honour of a seam without a skipped stitch.  If you have ever been in this situation, you will know my pain and my subsequent joy.

Kimono 1 front view

Kimono 1 front view

Kimono 1 side view

Kimono 1 side view

Kimono 1 front view

Kimono 1 front view

My version didn’t turn out quite like Kristin Eldridge’s, as my fabric wasn’t as square as she suggested, but I quite like the shorter front, it shows a little more of your figure off. Sometimes I think they can be a tad tent like.  Kristin’s “pattern” and instructions were easy to follow and quick to produce, which gives instant gratification, and means you can whip up something awesome to wear in an evening.

Having worn it a few times, and obviously getting lots of lovely comments, the only thing I would say is that I do have to keep pulling the front down, but I think that’s my fault as the front is shorter, and so most of the fabric weight is at the back. So I would tell you stick closer to her original pattern than I did.

So what do you think? Have you had a go at this pattern? I’d love you to leave me a comment below!