Wednesday, 8 June 2016

FO: Sew This Pattern Venus Kimono

It is so very long since I went on holiday without a man, a car, a dog, a sewing machine, a dictaphone and The Book To Type that I had started to panic.

How much can I fit into my backpack?
What do human beings wear on holiday?
Can I pull off the illusion that I know how to do this social thing?


I am determined that everything will fit into a single backpack, because I refuse to be that red-faced woman on the train with a massive suitcase blocking the aisle.  So my holiday wardrobe needs to be multi-functional.
I hit upon the idea of sewing a kimono:  it can double as boho daywear and dressing gown.
I have this idea in my head that I will find myself invited to a midnight knitting party in my hotel, and turn up to find everyone in their fab and funky penguin print pyjamas.  This garment is my answer to that particular scenario, peculiar to "the tribe of knitters"!

I had two metres of this lovely block-printed Indigo Flight cotton from Merchant and Mills.  I bought it to make a Dottie Angel dress before I decided that I felt unbearably frumpy in that style.  I don't mind looking like a middle-aged Art teacher, but I would prefer the emphasis to be on the Art!


It is very narrow fabric (110cm) so I knew it would be a squeeze to fit the pattern pieces in.  I shortened it in two different places:  2cm from across the sleeve and upper body, and another 2cm below the arms.  It is still a good length for me, with plenty of width in the sleeves.


I used the Venus Kimono pattern by Sew This Pattern.
It is a very simple make.
There are French seams everywhere, and rolled hems.
I love the shoulder pleats, which give extra drape and pizzazz, though I think they could become dangerously bulky in the wrong fabric.
The curved edge sweeps down the fronts and round the tail, with plenty of coverage, though obviously that will differ on a larger frame.
The pattern only comes in one size, but as my adjustments prove, it is easily adjustable - you would just need more (wider) fabric.
Stats:

Pattern: 
Venus Kimono by Sew This Pattern - one size, pdf only, but very simple to put together with no need to trace.

Fabric: 
Two metres of 110 cm wide Indigo Flight block-print cotton from Merchant and Mills.
I used the underside of the fabric as my right side, as I love the subtle tones of dappled blue, rather than stark white against indigo.

Other:  Thread.

Verdict?
It is exactly what I wanted it to be:  a soft, drapey multi-functional garment that looks kinda hippy, kinda boho, and very relaxed.
Success!
Woo hoo!

43 comments:

  1. It's a lovely style. Those shoulder pleats are so flattering and the colour is so you. Have a lovely break K xXx

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  2. It's a lovely style. Those shoulder pleats are so flattering and the colour is so you. Have a lovely break K xXx

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  3. It's lovely! The fabric is beautiful -- and, yes, I guess I mean the "wrong" side is beautiful, with that slightly muted color contrast.

    Kimono-inspired pieces really intrigue me. I made a robe that is somewhat inspired by the kimono (the Almada robe from Seamwork) and now I'm actually thinking of making a simple kimono to throw over strappy dresses.

    I hope you've had a great trip!

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    1. Thank you :)
      Yes - I wanted something simple.

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  4. I think I may have to give this a try! It looks lovely on you and you look beautiful in that last photo too. Have a great holiday!

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  5. That looks really lovely! As for struggling with a large case .... small case on wheels?

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    1. Good point! Or just take less stuff!

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  6. Forgot to say .... Have a great time!!!

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  7. You might also consider making some reversibles -- you can use lightweight fabric, since it will be doubled. And remember -- when you are on vacation, no one cares if they see you wearing the same thing twice in a row ... or every single day, come to that.

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    1. All very true. As usual I am over-thinking!

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  8. I love this! I always worry that oversized,unstructured garments will drown me and make me look like I borrowed from a bigger person since I am small. This, however, looks intentionally released and stylish even though you too are small. Making me rethink my opposition to the kimono silhouette.

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  9. I love this! I always worry that oversized,unstructured garments will drown me and make me look like I borrowed from a bigger person since I am small. This, however, looks intentionally released and stylish even though you too are small. Making me rethink my opposition to the kimono silhouette.

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    1. I quite enjoy looking smaller than my clothes - it is comforting :)

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  10. It's lovely, Roo! I need to pull out my kimono pattern and get hopping. It's gone cold here and I could use an extra layer.

    Where are you going on holiday?

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I am going to the seaside and then a wool festival - I can't wait!

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  11. Lovely! I was just looking at drapey viscose fabrics this morning...thinking of a kimono to wear instead of a jacket or cardi

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    1. It would be great in drapey viscose :)

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  12. Great kimono. Have a good holiday, although your fantasies of being invited to a all night knit-in may be a tad optimistic. Unless its a specialist hotel.

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  13. its fab, perfect for holidays and everyday! Never heard of Sew this pattern before x

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    1. Thank you:) Neither had I - I found them on etsy.

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  14. This is really lovely, the fabric and style. I completely understand your nervousness around a new model of holidaying. I know I should take a break but I'm not anticipating it with any great enthusiasm yet.

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    1. Thank you. I think you will know when it is time.

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  15. how beautiful...you know a grand tour of all your knitting friends on here could be a good idea...knitting guaranteed

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  16. Looks very nice and works ao well with the Mercury pants. Enjoy your holiday. It will be a different feel and experience - you can do whatever you want - or are you meeting up with friendsÉ

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    1. Thank you :) I am spending the week with other knitters, who are not yet my friends, and hope to meet others I know at the wool festival.

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  17. Beautiful kimono- the pants look great too. I hope your trip is all you hope for and need right now. I laughed at your description of vacations with the typewriter, the books, dictaphone, and sewing machine. I remember taking a sewing machine and even a bread maker. I think I would like a trip with just a backpack.

    LindaC.

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    1. A bread maker? Now that's what I call dedication to a fresh loaf!

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  18. Ooo! This is lovely, I haven't come across this pattern before, and am off to investigate. Enjoy your hols!

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  19. You've done a fabulous job and I love your fabric choice. Thanks for your review. Annie x

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  20. Utterly gorgeous!I shall have to get this...

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  21. Utterly gorgeous!I shall have to get this...

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