Another Kimono [with French seams]

Kimonos. They’ve been all over the place for quite some time now. If you’re a beginner sewer, kimonos are a perfect starter project. They are so simple to make, yet such a stylish addition to any ensemble. This is probably the 4th or 5th kimono I’ve made, and I was pretty thrilled that the weather was actually warm enough (dare I say, too warm :X) to wear this kimono when we took these pics.

The fabric is a polyester blend I found at JoAnn’s and was just one of those prints that drew me in. It’s a great weight, perfect for a kimono, or a spring dress…orrr a fun pair of pants.

 

I try to use French seams on kimonos. Mostly because, they are often not lined, so the French seam just provides a much cleaner, and polished finish. French seams aren’t difficult, just a little more time consuming. (*In the near future, I am going to try to start incorporating video tutorials–so stay tuned for that one ;) ) But for now, here’s an explanation of how to sew a French seam:

  1. Instead of sewing your seams right sides together, you’ll sew them wrong sides together at 3/8″ (instead of the standard 5/8″).
  2. Trim the seam so that it’s about 1/4″
  3. Now you’ll press the two pieces together and enclose the seam you just stitched and trimmed (so your pieces will now be right sides together).
  4. Stitch another seam at 3/8″
  5. And your finished seam should appear like so:

A pair of these Swedish clog sandals had been on my list for quite some time. I finally found these Lotta’s, which are super comfy, and cost a bit less than Swedish Hasbeens.

Necklace from Land of Plenty shop in Cleveland.

Some good kimono patterns:

McCalls:

M7132

Kwik Sew:

K4208

Simplicity:

New Look 6476

 

Happy Sewing!!

 

Top and black skinnies: Gap; Shoes: Lotta; Sunglasses: Flower Child Vintage in Cleveland; Purse: J.W. Hulme

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Woman, In Gold

Lately, I’ve been really into metallics. Or maybe I’m just drawn to all things shiny and sparkly ;) But really, they’re fun and can seriously add a whole new element to any ensemble.

To be honest, I made this kimono on a wimb a couple months ago. I was browsing through JoAnn’s one day and found this awesome fabric. The way it caught my eye, I knew I just needed to get some and figure out what to make from it later… And then I found a kimono pattern on a nearby shelf. Aside from its shininess, this fabric is a great knit that’s super comfortable (and was really easy to work with), so a kimono was this fabric’s fate.

Last week, I was in NYC and this golden number was in my suitcase. Since comfort is more favorable while in New York, I dressed it down with leather shoes and accessories. And it made me realize the great thing about this piece of gold: how versatile it actually is. It looks great worn casually, but it looks pretty awesome dressed up for something more formal, too. So, below are my two looks: Casual and Dressier…and I can’t decide which I like better!

 

Dressed up:

Outfit #1-Tank: Old Navy; Jeans: Gap; Shoes: L.L.Bean ; Purse: J.W. Hulme

Outfit #2-Tank: Old Navy; Pants & Bracelet: H&M; Shoes: Target (no longer available); Purse: Anthropologie (no longer available); Earrings: Vintage