The weather is finally out of the 90’s here in Tucson, so that means it’s officially fall!! Granted, we’re still hovering in the 80’s, but a desert girl’s gotta take what she can get.
I’ve noticed the kimono trend running rampant in the sewing blogosphere. I love all things Asian, so I’m down with the trend even if it does sometimes look like pajamas. Simplicity came out with a super cute kimono pattern and I had to snatch it up!
You might recognize this fabric from my wedding guest dress of doom. I had just enough fabric left to eek out view D with a scrap left over for the front or back of a cami. I am in loooove with this fabric, so I’m going to use as much of it as possible!
So… why is this the Kimono of Doom? This fabric was a beast to work with and I royally screwed up while attaching the black trim. I sewed the trim on upside-down. When I noticed it was wonky, I thought it was a problem with the pattern and proceeded to hack away at it to make it lay flat and trimmed all of my seam allowances. Oh, how wrong I was! I ended up cutting another trim piece and swapped out the upside-down one. It’s not very pretty on the inside, but I figure not many people will see it.
This is the first time I sewed French seams. The fabric frays like crazy, so there really was no other alternative. It was a challenge sewing these seams with such a shifty fabric, but I like how the end result turned out.
I think this piece is a great compliment to who I am. The kimono is Japanese on the outside, and French [seams] on the inside, whereas I’m French on the outside and Japanese on the inside. そうですよ！