Wednesday, 22 January 2014

{Sewn} A Kimono for me!

Floral Kimono

Last week I made myself this floral kimono top. Essentially it’s a glorified silky cardi with oversized sleeves. But I LOVE it!

I made it using this free tutorial which I had ‘pinned’ to Pinterest. The only thing I did different from the tutorial is that I continued the curves from the back onto the front panels.

The fabric I used is a very shear chiffon type fabric. I bought a few metres of this and a couple of other fabrics for $3 or so per metre from the Annah S (A NZ Clothing designer) Outlet Store in Otaki at their Boxing Day sale. I was pretty happy with this purchase but was a bit nervous about sewing with such light weight fabric.

The sew went pretty well. I taught myself (with the help of youtube) how to do rolled hems on my overlocker (serger), but I decided to also fold the rolled hem under and sew it down to give a slightly more professional finish.

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[Wearing: Kimono top made by me; White singlet: Shanton; Shorts: A recent op shop buy (also Shanton);  Sunglasses: Country Road prescription sunglasses for Specsavers (similar style here) and my favourite green shoes: Isabella Anselmi from Overland.]

I really love the ‘flowy-ness’ of it and it’s great even in the hot weather we’ve been having. I really love the sleeves, but they can get caught on things – like I found on Sunday after church when I became attached to my shopping trolley! he he!

I have heaps of other ideas for more ‘selfish sewing’ projects – but we’ll see, I’ve been enjoying spending time with the kids over the holidays and ‘other things’* seem to be occupying my time.

Have you ever sewed with shear/ very lightweight fabric? Got any helpful hints?

Jen x

Joining in with Show and Tell, Made by Hand, and Make it wear it and Wardrobe Wednesday and WIWW

*’Other things’ … you know that constant stream of feedingcleaningchangingnappiestoilettainingcookinghouseworklovingplayinglisteningtraining etc that you do all day as a Mum and then wonder what you did all day?

10 comments:

Roslyn said...

Gorgeous Jen, what a bargain for such lovely fabric! Lightweight fabrics make me a bit nervous :)

kate said...

Love it Jen... you clever lady you!!

Dressing Up For Me said...

What a pretty floral kimono top! Perfect for spring too. :)

Rhea D said...

oh how cute! i've always wanted a kimono top and this is amazing that you made this! :)

Found your blog via What I Wore Wednesday link up... hope you stop by and let me know your thoughts on my outfit. I am also having a giveaway! :)

Rhea, Et Cetera - chevron dress & blazer

flossieft said...

I love it. I was going through my stash and i have lots of floaty fabrics like this that i am too scared to sew. But i too just learnt how to do a rolled hem on my overlocker so i will get brave and give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration.

Zara said...

It's beautiful. I love this pretty floral design.
x

Leonie said...

What a gorgeous top and in such lovely fabric! well done you learning stuff and making it look awesome!

Sammy said...

I did not realise Annah S sold fabric! Wowza! I love your choice of colour, looks amazing

BigLittle said...

Gosh I didn't know they sold fabric either! Just gorgeous, you must be really stoked. xx

Hootnz said...

Thats lovely! Sheer fabrics can definitely be tricky! But learning new techniques is always fun ( when they go right ;) ) Wish I had gone to that sale! I would have been in heaven :)