My client Nancy and I exchange cute Christmas gifts every year. This Fall she gave me this fabric to make into her usual sheer drapey jackets. Having 2.5 yards of fabric was just enough to make into this new pattern and surprise her with free labor and a new statement jacket.
I just finished the most fun pattern I have ever used!!!
Maybe I feel this way after cranking out hundreds of wedding gowns with tulle and lace layers but this can be made in a day!
Here is the link to the Kimono jacket.
Four basic pattern pieces, a front and a back and a skirt can be sewn with any seam treatment and any neckline/front binding. I chose open seams on the shoulders and side and center back seams but used French seams when attaching the skirt to the bodice as they are stronger.
The only alteration I made was to do the rounded back slash and allow the top back seam to curve as it was not cut on the fold.
Below are two photos of each pose showing you the seaming that is not apparent with this jungle print.
This pattern is so much more flattering than flat Kimono patterns that hang and slide off the shoulders and have no place to attach a snap at the waist and thus need a lame looking belt. This pattern adds volume and flare where she needs it, over her tummy and hips while making her waist a feature…so flattering!
The red line shows the front seam:
Red line shows the back seam:
The pattern calls for attaching stiff store bought bias trim to the front edges but as this was Marcus Bros polyester chiffon, I just managed to cut my own bias strips from leftover fabric. I folded the 1.5 inch wide strips in half, basted them to the wrong side and then machine stitched them down on the right side so they can be seen. As this was an all-over print, I needed to have something to give the eye a rest and not look homemade.
Before flipping the folded edge to the right side, excess is trimmed away.
The bias binding is pinned to the right side and stitched down.
The best part, putting a snap on the binding edge so it stays closed and flat and no slipping off her shoulders:
Excitement time in the sewing room!!!
This week I received my label order from the Dutch Label Shop.
In the past, I have ordered stiff printed ones from other companies but after many washings, the printing disappears. These soft labels are all woven and the choice of colors, lines and fonts is amazing! Nancy has her own labels and I also ordered some for all the charity sewing we do in the ASG. My 94 yr. old mother is to the point of claiming that people are losing her clothes so she has her own labels with her apt number in assisted living.
With Christmas coming, here is a great gift for Mom from the 1950’s.
It made me laugh seeing this comment left by a gentleman:
What a great Christmas gift – where can I get one? My wife has to bend over, wring the mop – she works so hard cleaning the house – I’d like to make it easier on her – it would be so nice for me not to have to worry about her while I’m golfing with the boys.
Maybe some of you remember such buckets or still use them, after all, the ad says it is built to last a lifetime!!!
Wishing you all a little more time to finish sewing those last minute gifts!!!