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.
[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?
*’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?