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Let’s get started with the tutorial………………KIMONO
Note: I usually like to draw and journal in this book ( not really sketching, but journalling).
Step 1: Lay out your fabric
Note: I pay particular attention to squaring off my fabric. I line up the angles with the selvage edges and then trim off excess before I start cutting my commercial or self-drafted pattern pieces.
Step 2: Cut out back piece the desire length x width.
Note: I cut mine to the width (shoulder to shoulder) of my back. I’ll tell you why I made an alteration later……….
Note: This should be a rectangle.
Step 3: Measure out how wide you’d like the front of the kimono. And then cut in 2 equal parts.
Note: I make the front two pieces equal. I cut the length a few inches shorter because I wanted asymmetric finish.
Note: You should have two rectangles.
Step 4: Cut out the sleeves.
Note: I cut two pieces in the desire width. I think a square shape works best for this kimono.
Note: You do not need to cut on a fold. I started these on a fold, but I cut them later while setting in the sleeves. It just made matching the seams easier and neater.
Note: You should have two squares.
Step 5: You should have 5 self-drafted pattern pieces. But note the horrific fray. hmmm can you guess what the next step is????????
YOU GUESSED IT!
Step 6: Serge all your pieces. No it didn’t take that long, but this was necessary.
Step 7: Lay out your pattern pieces…..I know I know……Where did the red fabric come from?
I discovered that my measurements were too exact. I didn’t want the kimono to fit like a shirt. So I added some coordinated panels of fabric.
Note: I made the front two added panels more narrow than the back two fabric panels.
Note: A Kimono is intended to be oversized, I wanted mine to be just right for me.
Note: Sew the panels together or serge together. I used my sewing machine I had enough of the serger at this point.
Alteration Step: Draw equal lines on the right side of the back panel with tailors chalk. And fold/pin/iron pleats.
Note: This is only optional, but it gave the kimono a nice rear contour.
Another Alteration Step: I top stitched the pleats with a nice embroidery stitch.
Note: I loved the way this turned out. But remember you can skip these alteration steps altogether.
Step 8: Lay out the front and back of the kimono, right sides together and sew together at the top edge (shoulders). I know you see pins for the sides minus enough room for the arm holes, but I later took the pins out. Set in the sleeves starting at the shoulder seam matching it with a serged edge of the sleeve.
Note: Now you can sew the sleeve and side closed with one seam.
Note: Be careful here, there will be a sharp 90 degree angles at the axilla (underarm). Hey, I did it and so can you!!!!
Step 9: I curved the neck just a little bit using my French Curve.
Note: This felt more comfortable on my neck rather than having a straight edge.
Look how approximated the sleave and side is. Yay!!! #winning lol
Note: See the perfect 90 degree angle above.
Note: I am obsessed with laying out pattern pieces perfectly your garment will lay better on your body.
Step 10: Attach a zipper. I used Stitch Witchery to hold the zipper in place before sewing.
Note: Be creative leave the Kimono open without a zipper.
Note: Add fringe or a belt, I saw this Red Zipper on my notions self and had to incorporate it in the design.
Step 11: Enjoy
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