Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Project: Kimono

Always a sucker for a free pattern, I downloaded this amazing kimono tutorial from the Habitual blog. As soon as I saw this Lizzy House fabric in the Red Letter Day collection, I knew they would be perfect. And what's better, I think I made this whole thing from fat quarters (not sure about the back).


I knew it would be worn in the winter so I added some length to the sleeves. Instead of ties, I used a hidden snap closure for the outer layer and a button with an elastic loop for the inside. This was the project that got me addicted to bias tape. I hadn't even known before this that there was such a thing as a bias tape maker -- and now I'm considering buying some different sizes. Ironing is so good for my space cadet tendencies.

This one piece has gotten a LOT of wear (only a recent growth spurt made the sleeves too short but perfect for Spring). It's roomy enough for layering and super easy to put on. Just beware that your toddler will learn how the unsnap before the resnap.


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9 comments:

Kim Rakes said...

Your little one has the sweetest wardrobe. I want to come over and sew sweet little outfits for our girls together, you could teach me at thing or two! I know how to make a simple skirt and I am working on my first dress- eeep!

Nikole Sarvay said...

You continue to amaze me. Zadie is a lucky girl. I adore your fabric choices. :-)

Beth Lemon said...

I would love to have sew-dates with both of you!

And Kim, I'm hardly an expert on sewing but feel free to email if you have questions. I've surely made a lot of mistakes.

monkeytailz said...

Wish I was close enough for sew-dates! Adorable kimono...adorable model ;)

Beth Lemon said...

Dude, that would be awesome. Maybe we should start a virtual sewing club.

Joan said...

LOVE the kimono, but the fabric combination really makes it wonderful!

Great job!!

iSew said...

Oh my gosh, it's adorable.

Beth Lemon said...

Thanks so much you guys! I'm afraid she won't be able to wear it much longer.

bagfashionista said...

i absolutely LOVE how you used 2 different fabric for this!