We are nearly at the end of the Kimono series (sigh) and fabric number three now looks like a garment! I’ve had this fabric for years and never knew what to do with it, I’ve finally made something out of it and I love it!
The fabric is pretty sheer and so that makes it more difficult to cut straight and you need to make sure that your seams are finished well. So here’s a couple of tips:
Tip 1 – when pinning your pattern pieces on to the fabric use loads, and I mean loads, of pins make sure that there is not much space between pins all the way around the edge, this should mean you get a neater edge
Tip 2 – you could use an overlocker if you have one but if you don’t then you could use a French seam (which I told you about in Kimono #2) or if you are lucky enough to have a machine like mine then it probably has just the stitch you need. I have to admit that I consulted the handbook for my machine when trying to decide which stitch to use on this fabric (painful when you’ve been using machines for over 20 years). However, I think that it was worth the pain as I reckon that the “overedge” stitch and “double overedge” stitch are going to change my life! You simultaneously sew your straight line of stitching and neaten the seam edges together. Genius!
Things I love about the pattern from Lovespunk:
- The rounded hem at the back
- The front being shorter than the back
- There are real sleeves in it
- It is more fitted to my shape (don’t look like I’m drowning in fabric)
- Proper neckline
- Easily transferable to any size
Because of the curve around the neck and the bottom hem it was a little difficult to turn the edge twice and for it to look neat, so if I was making it again I think that I would change a couple of things: I would bind the front and neck edges with bias binding to give a neater finish and put side vents in (slits at the bottom of the side seams) so that you don’t have to go from curve to straight.
If you think that it looks a little lop sided on the photos it’s just the way I was wearing it and my husband never told me! To be fair he was trying to watch our son at the same time so that I didn’t get covered in ice-cream. The fact that I also look like a dwarf is also his fault with him being taller than me and half way up a hill while taking the photos. ANYWAY…I’d love to know what you think so please feel free to leave a comment below and be sure to come back to see which of the three I choose for my grand finale (and to see the most of amazing fabric that I’m going to be using).