Slow sewing required

There’s so much softness in this kimono using light-weight cotton voile – I wanted to swan around in it all day long. The sleeves are such fun to wear.

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Originally, “kimono” was the Japanese word for clothing. They used the straight-line-cut method – cutting pieces of fabric in straight lines and sewing them together.

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Today Kimono is used to refer specifically to traditional Japanese clothing.

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This version designed by Named Patterns has a unique wide-cut sleeves with a deep vent.

Below is the internal view of the finished seam vent. It sits nicely and this cotton silk voile is lovely to work with.

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The long belt wraps twice around the waist. I wrapped it around me once so the tail ends would also float.

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Because this gorgeous voile floats so nicely, I left the length as is. This kimono is designed for a height of 172cm. I cut the 38 size and only adjusted the shoulder points forward.

The pattern suggests you add seam allowances but I didn’t and it worked our really well. This is a roomy style and this worked out well for me.

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In my case, I made this during the busiest time of the year – in the lead up to Christmas. Hence the title, slow sewing required. Most of the sewing is sewing straight lines so there’s minimal fuss.

Where I took my time was interfacing the collar and belt with silk organza. Everyday interfacing didn’t seem to flow as nicely with this cotton voile fabric. Organza was a better choice.

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Actually, I shortened the belt loops by 5cm. When I originally pinned them to the fabric, I felt the belt loops would look like elephant ears, so I cut them shorter.

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The belt fabric is still soft and fine so I can wrap the belt around me twice and not seem bulking in the shortened belt loops.

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This kimono is so simple to sew This fabric is great for Summer.

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Using a floaty, soft fabric like this cotton voile with this kimono was a perfect combination. It’s so dreamy.

This is such a lovely piece to bring in the New Year. Wishing everyone lots of health and happiness in 2019.

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I could get used to floating through the year ahead.

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