Hello Monthly Stitchers! I’m entering the Indie Royalty contest with my Named Asaka Kimono, paired with the Seamwork Adelaide dress I made for week one. This is the second kimono I’ve ever made. I love them because I think they instantly elevate any look, such as a casual summer dress. I loved the exuberant fabric used by Named in their pattern:
I also wanted to use something that was funky and bright so I looked into my stash and found this fun polyester I bought at SR Harris Minneapolis last year at a steal: only $4.99/yard.
Because my fabric was inexpensive I was not afraid to attach this sequined hummingbird patch to the back of my kimono. I bought this patch in January when I was visiting friends in San Francisco. I’ve been waiting all this time to create the perfect look for it.
I cut a size 40 and fortunately the construction was fairly straight-forward, assuming you have at least an intermediate level sewing experience. I bought the hard copy, and the pattern is nested so you will have to trace your pattern before you cut it out. I hear the pdf pattern is not nested, however. The highlight of this pattern are the dramatic sleeves. And, in an odd way, I do feel that the colors of the kimono compliment the red, white, and blue of the Seamwork Adelaide dress. All in all, I think it’s a fresh, summer look.
Plus, you can wear this kimono belted and achieve a different look:
What about you? Have you sewn a kimono yet? Which pattern is your favorite? Do you think the two pieces work together in an unexpected way? By the way, it really was raining when I took these photos but fortunately my friend had a very cute umbrella with her!
For more on this and other projects, check out my blog at See Carmen Sew.