Kimono Fix

After sewing for clients for 50 years, you would think that maybe, just maybe, I have made all the stupid mistakes that can be made…wrong!

When making the second version of the kimono pattern, for Nancy, I was so busy basting fronts and backs and thought I had forgotten to trim the curved neckline of the center back. So, of course, I pinned the back pattern piece back unto the two front sections and trimmed off a nice crescent shaped piece of fabric. Do you know that ugly feeling when you discover you have done something almost not repairable? Yep, big time regret as the cut away pieces sat in my lap.

What can I do now? How about sewing them back on with the seams on the right side? Press the tiny seam up towards the shoulder seam and then plan the next move.

Here is the wrong side pressed up and topstitched:

OK, smarty pants…what next? With hardly any leftover fabric, I scrounge a couple strip to cover the mistake and also allow it to make a statement over the shoulder seams down to the wrists.

Stitch it 1.5 inches from the edge of the shoulder seam.

Flip the strip up to the shoulder seam to see what the chevrons do:

Top inside view of the front neckline:

Both shoulder seams are pinned WST:

The new strip is folded under 3/8 inch or so and pinned along the loose edge.

Inside view with pinning:

Different view before trimming of the shoulder seam:

The folded edge is chalked at one inch, pinned and then machine stitched flat. This way all the raw edges and seams are enclosed.

All that is left is to use bias binding along the entire neck edge down to the hem of the skirt section. The front waist seam is just basted to be sewn as a French seam.

Final back view of basted French seam at the hip. Like the other version, the skirt hem will be narrow hemmed by machine and a snap added at the front waist to keep it closed.

So with the kimono rescued, I want to share the progress on the tomatoes growing in Mr. Mole’s office under grow lights all winter:

What is that yellow butterfly thing doing? Well, after seeing little baby flies emerging from the soil a month ago, I found these sticky fly traps on Amazon. They work great!

Mr. Mole has a new crop of seeds planted for the Spring/Summer season before the weather warms up:

With the recent virus spreading and so many shortages predicted, less traveling and more home veggie cultivation may be the answer. Just tried to buy hand sanitizer for my 94 yr. old mother in assisted living…could I find any? Not one bottle!

So let’s all keep washing our hands well and avoiding folks who are coughing to protect ourselves! Staying home, if possible, and sewing is certainly the best option!

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10 Responses to Kimono Fix

  1. Colleen says:

    Oh….that ugly feeling!! I never heard it called that….I would call it that sick feeling that drops into the bottom of your stomach! Early in my alteration learning curve….I cut a prom dress strap…stopped and went to answer a call or start something for supper….either way…came back much later and cut the strap again the amount on my note!!!!….Yes a super sick ugly feeling!! I saved it after a several panic moments…removed some beading, piece re-stitched and reattached beading to cover….and learned to never again leave a project half done without notes or a safety net in place!! I also learned to not cut straps if at all possible and hide the extra length….somewhere!! Thanks for sharing to know even you can have a “oh no!”

    • mrsmole says:

      We learn more from mistakes than successes so it seems with sewing as well. Straps…always too long and the temptation to make them shorter or forgetting to measure both…scary. I always tell my brides that I am saving their long straps inside the lining for the next bride…it makes them smile.

  2. Tia Dia says:

    I am quite familiar with that sinking feeling. The worst episode was a maid of honour gown for a family friend’s daughter’s wedding. I scrounged and shopped and scrounged some more to replace the entire front panel on a full length gored gown skirt of navy-khaki shot polyester chiffon.

    Good save! 😀

  3. erniek3 says:

    As the spouse of a former employee of a large software company, let me assure you that what you did was no accident, but a style detail.

    It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.
    Nice bug catching butterfly, btw.

  4. sewruth says:

    I know I haven’t commented much recently but you have just made my day!
    You are human after all -LOL
    I certainly don’t wish sewing catastrophes to happen to anyone at all, it is nice that you admit to one. Thank you x

  5. mrsmole says:

    Oh Ruth, call me crazy but I think I get more out of seeing blogs with featured mistakes and solutions than any other kind. Just so happy that I had a strip of fabric to hide the boo-boo!

  6. says:

    I think your kimono looks much more interesting because of your response to the challenge.

  7. Susan Hart says:

    I did that too, cut something I shouldn’t have! I think we ALL have🙄
    I started leaving myself notes about my next step, and reminders of what I had JUST previously done!

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