Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Butterick 6176 Kimono

This is a kimono I recently made from a stashed poly chiffon from Joann's. I've been seeing them around lately and thought it would be a nice addition for my wardrobe. This one is a prototype to see how the pattern would work. 

I made view C, which is around knee length. As you can see from the technical drawing, there were several variations of length, trimmings, and a choice of straight or curved hem.


There isn't really much to say about the construction itself, since the pieces are basically rectangles. The challenge was hemming the edges all around the circumference of the garment as well as sleeves.  Because the fabric was ravelly, I serged around all the circumference, then basted in the 5/8" seam allowance before pressing in the double folded hem (including mitered corners on both fronts). Once all that was done, it was fairly simple to machine hem the entire thing. Sleeve hemming was basically the same process. 

I wore the kimono to church on Sunday and was basically happy with it, although I think there's a better way to handle the finish of the garment. I'd prefer to have a more "authentic" kimono treatment (a band) around the front openings, but that should be fairly simple to figure out. I have a couple more fabrics that I'd like to make into kimono jackets since they're nice little coverups for an otherwise plain outfit.

Another view of mine. You can see a little bit better that the fabric is sheer:

The SewWest Closet: in addition to the kimono, I'm wearing a black T shirt (Walmart!) and a pair of black linen TSW Hudson Pants. The shoes are Fly London.


Martha said...

Love the whole ensemble, but especially the kimono. That is a terrific length - quite elegant. I may have to copy you.

And those shoes...they are super cute. I wonder if I can find those in my area. Are they comfortable?

Jane M said...

The kimono trend has joined my wardrobe this season as well and yours looks terrific. I like how something simple can kick it up a notch.

NancyDaQ said...

The shoes are Fly London and are wonderful to wear. I have several pair. They're expensive, but I found these on eBay, barely used and much cheaper. I'll have to look up the name for you, Martha. The sizing is European. I wear a 7 in US and these are a 37.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

I love this outfit! You picked the perfect fabric for this topper. This pattern is on my fall to sew list too!

Mary said...

This ensemble us so elegant! I love it, especially the fabric of the kimono.