A lot of my makes are inspired by the fabric on which i stumble upon, even if i have a small seed of an idea forming, it usually takes the right fabric to make it so. This is definitely one of those i stumbled across and fell in love with as it spoke ‘kimono’ to me.
I found this beautiful light chiffon fabric in my fabric shop. It was two stripes of blue/green pattern on a nude background… the nude was on wither side and through the middle.
I felt this was a very fashion forward fabric. It could easily be seen in a Topshop or H&M as apposed to a me made.
I had bought quite a few chiffon type fabrics as i really want to make more kimonos, they are something i live in during the hot summer months.
Since I was off to a festival that weekend i really wanted a full length cover up.
So How Did It Sew?
Date Completed: 2nd June 2017
I worked with the fabric on this make. I removed the peach/nude part and got my width for the bulk with that, sewing the pattern together down what was to be the centre back. This gave it slightly more structure than just being wrapped in a bulk of fabric, which is something I was aware of it becoming whilst I made this. It has splits up the side to give it more flow and not just bunch round to the back.
I tapered down the collar, and did a simple folded seam all over, first with the over locker then tucked in with a straight stitch. I chose the black thread as I liked the contrast with the bits of yellow, white would have looked washed out or dirty.
I really enjoyed just going with the flow of this fabric, and literally laying on it or holding it up against me for measurements. Its really liberating, but I think you get the best out of the material that way, especially one with such a dominant design.
I ended up wearing it to a day festival, and I loved it. When you wear a statement pieces like this, you get the luxury of everything else being plain to make it stand out. Here it is in action:
More to come, I am bound to live in this the whole hot summer!