Sunday, May 8, 2016

A Kimono Style Jacket: Simplicity 1318





I'm on a roll here... two blog posts in what, two weeks?!  It's Mother's Day and I'm stuck at home alone because I have a nasty little cold... while my guys are at the local major league baseball game on the gorgeous sunshiny day.  But I do have a cute new garment I sewed up, I finished this jacket over the weekend.  I used Simplicity 1318, View C.




I cut a straight Medium-- no lengthening or grading anywhere like I usually do-- which shows you how voluminous and long this kimono style jacket is on a 5'8"/1.73 m figure (without shoes).  I normally cut a medium (plus a tad more sometimes) at the bust and always have to grade out a couple size to about a large or more on the hip when sewing with commercial patterns. This thing is very full, and feels gigantic on, but after taking pics, I really like the scale of this garment on my figure.


The wind was whipping around and wooshed up my top in the side view pic... it looks like I have a big pregnant belly or something... however I do not!!  I used a rayon challis with a really awesome large scale floral.  Don't you love it soooo!? I do.  I was *this* close to using a super nice silk charmeuse but I was too nervous to cut it up for my first go at this pattern.  It's such an easy fitting garment, I see why it's so wildly popular on Pattern Review's website.  The directions are pretty good, but I went about the order steps as I felt like doing.  My lapel was a little off at the ends on the hem, so I hemmed it up last.  Whatevs, nothing major.


I hand stitched the hem, I always enjoy see these details on other people's sewing blogs... the juicy bits!!  I opted to stitch in the ditch for the lapel... dang... look at that sweet stitching, you can't even see it in that seam line (right pic, above)

My fancy Nikon camera is officially out of service (it was dropped by someone by mistake, not me, but I did store it on a sort of not ideal spot, so...ughhh.)  Now I have to use an old point and click digital thing... and it sucks to go back.  It can't handle taking photos in anything but medium, non-direct sunlight, hence back porch photos for now.  But I did try to take some in the alley because the sky is so freakishly blue and it's not raining and I really like the aesthetic of Baltimore alley ways.

7 comments:

  1. That's really cute... I've been looking at the pattern, but trying to find the right fabric is causing me anxiety! You fabric is just right.

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  2. This is really cute and the large scale print works beautifully for this jacket.

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  3. I love it!!! It's casual but with some extra oomph! :) And the fabric is gorgeous.

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  4. I love it! I love how you paired with jeans and a cute wedge!

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  5. Really cute, I need to get this pattern. It's a perfect top for summer! Love it.

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  6. I like the kimono, and think the fabric is perfect for it!

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  7. I love your version of this jacket! Beautiful fabric, so colorful which gives you more flexibility with other colored tops and pants. There is such much ease in this pattern that you really don't have to do any real adjustments.

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