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.
Venus Kimono by Sew This Pattern - one size, pdf only, but very simple to put together with no need to trace.
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.
It is exactly what I wanted it to be: a soft, drapey multi-functional garment that looks kinda hippy, kinda boho, and very relaxed.