I finally made the kimono jacket from that 60’s/70’s deadstock wool fabric I was talking about earlier! And I’m quite happy with it!
I was planning to use the polymer clay buttons I did two weeks ago with this but I decided not to. They didn’t really work out with the rest of the design.
The kimono jacket Is basically made exactly like the kimono wrap top I did in August of 2012, with he exception of 3 things. This jacket has a rounded collar, has a thick lining and it’s made in only ONE piece.
These are the measurements I used for my kimono.
These measurements are not exact, they represent my finished jacket, but hopefully will give you some idea on how to construct your own! It’s really, REALLY easy, I promise. The best thing about this pattern is that you can easily adjust it to fit, so ideal is to make the jacket too big at first and try it on and see how it fits and then adjust it.
Note that the kimono is in one piece, the fabric is folded double, which means that there are no seams at the top of the sleeves and shoulders.
Cutting a perfect round collar was a bit difficult. I ended up cutting it while wearing the jacket, and it worked great!
The lining is only slightly smaller (maybe 0.5 centimetres) than the jacket. I used some of that insulated (not sure what it’s actually called) lining. Better be prepared for the Swedish winter!
I sewed and cut the lining exactly like the kimono. I then attached the two pieces with a few stitches at the side seams and edges at the sleeves, bottom and front opening.
To give the jacket a more finished look I added a collar and sleeve cuffs. The jacket totally works without these though.
I also added belt loops for the belt.
Yep, very pleased with the result! Self five!