I didn’t intend to make a kimono, but somehow was convinced to make one by thecuriouskiwi. She said she would also make one – I’ve not seen it yet – hint, hint Mel… 🙂
There are a few of these kimonos out in the wild, but not many, although since making mine, I’ve seen a couple more. It’s not the sort of thing I would wear in public, but will at home when lazing around. Consequently, I decided to make one out of a novelty print, which I could use for lazing at home. Yes, I really love this version by Lindsay, but even she says she won’t wear it a lot!
The pattern is the Asaka kimono from Named Patterns. It’s actually the first Named pattern I’ve made up. For sizing I went by their finished measurements and made up a UK size 14, which would give 3.5 inches worth of ease. It feels more than that, this is perfectly big enough.
I decided that the seams would be on view and instead of finishing using my overlocker, I used hug snug, which was so quick and easy to apply. The problem with using this novelty print is that it’s quite a stiff cotton and although is really comfortable to wear, it doesn’t really drape like it should.
It’s just those sleeves! Look at them! They are quite a design statement, but they are enormous and a wee bit long for me! And personally they get in the way! I’m considering stitching the bottom corners together, so I have a sleeve with a slit in to put my hands through.
I lengthened the kimono by about 5 inches – this pattern is short. The other problem I experienced was the front armscye, it just seemed really baggy, so I took this in by a wee bit. I’m happier with this fit. Finally I also needed pockets, so I added patch pockets on the front. Just check out the pattern matching on this…
Fabric: Strawberry print cotton from Spotlight, January 2016.
Notions: Thread and hug snug to bind the seams
Pattern: Named Asaka Kimono UK size 14
Changes made: Lengthened by 5 inches and slightly adjusted the front armscye. I also added patch pockets on the front.
Another one/recommendations: No, I won’t be making another one of these. There’s only space for one kimono like this in my closet! It’s useful for when I just want to float around the house, I actually like it to take away since it doesn’t take up much space. I would suggest that the fabric is something which drapes really well, this cotton doesn’t drape brilliantly. I do actually think this pattern would look good really short as a blouse. I’m not sure what to do with those sleeves though. I personally think they would get in the way if used as a blouse. As you can see, I’m on the fence with this one, which is probably obvious from my photos! 🙂