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Kimono Craziness

I am sewing a Kimono Bathrobe. I have used this pattern before, way back in the 70's. I sewed myself a pink cotton one, and then a brown satin one in the 80's. I still have the brown one....So I thought it must time for a new robe, yes I'm sewing for me for a change.

I'm afraid though this fabric became my nemesis... it was SO slippery, I simply hated sewing it. Seven days later I emerged with the finished robe saying to myself I will never do this again...
The uneven turn up for the hem on the left....How did this happen?
What I did love was the clear markings of the 70's pattern...

The fabric is Polyester, did I say I hate polyester? With it's smooth matted satin finish on the right side, this fabric looked impressive in the fabric shop, and at only $10.00 per metre I was sold. I bought 4.5 metres but didn't use it all...I needed a ball point needle for sewing this fabric other wise the fabric kept snagging badly.

Bow, Front, Back views....

For the finished Kimono Bathrobe below I sewed a patch pocket onto it. But you can't see it in the pic as I have crossed it over the other way...

Front view...
Back view...
I French seamed the robe because it frayed so much and also because it looks much neater inside. Personally although the robe looks okay I think I prefer cotton, (I have some blue in mind). I can just see me walking around in this floaty, slippery thing and everything will fall out...not a robe for dashing about in..

Pattern and full length pic of Kimono Bathrobe...
Simplicity Pattern 5685  jiffy easy cut easy-sew

The worst part of this project was the cutting out the fabric...It moved so much that all the cut out pieces were not straight. In the end I just used my eye to measure everything up. I gave up on using the tape measure...


Japanese Pattern: Gathered Skirt With a Bow

Have you checked out the ebook How To Sew Japanese Patterns on the blog Sew in Love by Rin.

I purchased it sometime last year, saved it to a hard drive and forgot about it until now...The fabric for this high waisted skirt I have had a long time. It was originally bought for a dress but it crinkled so much I didn't fancy having to iron it all the time...

While this skirt is an easy sew it is work intensive, firstly you have to get your head around the Japanese, then you have to trace your pattern and add seam allowances. Rin has done a great job with all the things you need to know about Japanese patterns, and the English instructions for the skirt. A great resource to have.

Though I must say me being me, who is always doing things backwards. I started out this sewing project without reading anything except the English instructions for 'How to putting the skirt together', nothing else. Hence I missed adding seam allowances onto the skirt. I just went for it and followed the pictures and forgot about seam allowances.

Sometimes I believe learning by doing is the way to go, and today was the day I followed that philosophy. I absolutely loved making this skirt, it was a challenge through my own making. I found the whole process interesting, and I was so pleased with the fit for someone who is over 6ft.

This is my daughter's skirt. I've never been able to wear gathered skirts I'm too short wasted, they just don't suit me. I cut the pattern and fabric out on LL size. I probably could have gone a size down or even smaller as I had plenty of fabric left over on the back seam when fitting. This pattern is so much nicer than a similar skirt I made, a New Look high waisted gathered skirt.

If you want to purchase this ebook you can find out about it here.

Awhile back I had my lovely Japanese daughter in-law help me look at a children's Japanese pattern book that I bought awhile back. It was interesting for me because she is not a sewer so we ended up being both learners together. She was able to translate the Japanese words into English, and I could tell her what they meant for me when cutting out the pattern and sewing it.  It was a nice time together.

Who hates those hem fittings? I am afraid I am not the nicest hem fitter, you certainly wouldn't want me marking your hem. I am just so impatient with my commands, that I actually almost yell when the person turns the wrong way....Only to my family though. Poor things they have to stand on a table really still with me barking commands from underneath.


Finally it's hemmed...

Here is the finished skirt, it was very sunny out so the pics aren't as clear as I would have liked. The hem wasn't that easy to do because the fabric is just so flimsy. I just straight stitched it in the end on the good old Bernina 801. But I must say I really enjoyed sewing from this pattern. You might like to try it too!

The fabric I used was a very light cotton that crinkled so easily
A very floaty fabric perhaps it should have been lined. But I
didn't want to add bulk around the waist.
Will sew again at some stage. Loved this project and
I love how the way the fabric flows and the style...


What's on my Needles?

An Aran scarf....I stuffed up with my Trellis stitch (actually I have never knitted it before). What's on my needles now? Well I'm back at the beginning I've had to unrip. Don't you hate that, thank goodness it's thick wool and bigger needles...

I'm using 5mm needles and 12 ply white wool

Another Lace Skirt

This black fabric is from my stash, I only had enough for the skirt. I used the lining to make the band which ended up pleating itself, never mind you won't see it!

Both the fabric and lining are stretch. The fabric itself is a black winter weight stretch lace that picks up every bit of fluff....don't like that part. It's the same pattern as the 30 Minute Lace Skirt in pink...

Looks much better on but I had to settle for the
Dummy as model...

The Lace Skirt: 30 Minute Skirt Pattern

Oh what a tangled mess I made today. I should have known better before starting to sew a lace seam using No. 9 Stretch Stitch Juki F600. All the stitches, plus the lace fabric got caught underneath the sewing machine plate. To make matters worse I had paper in the mix too (thought it might sew better with paper underneath the lace). Perhaps I should have started off using a straight stitch, then changed to No.9 stitch! That's a bit of wisdom I need to remember....

I didn't remember my wise words for long because I started sewing again using stitch No.9. This time going much slower and hoping all would go well...Lucky for me it did. Because I was sewing French Seams it made it much easier for me to fix the other seam after it was free from the plate.
                                                           
What a mess....
This skirt pattern I am using can be found over at make it perfect, it's called 'The 30 minute skirt', size S-XL, and it's a Free download. Thank you to the wonderful person who made this pattern...

The fabric I've used for the lining is a pink stretch knit, it's a medium weight knit. The top layer is a fine, very light weight, stretchy, puckered Paris pink lace fabric. It has been in my stash for ages, I was actually going to sew it for myself but never did...The sewing pattern is just two pieces so it's very easy to make. I'd like to make more, perhaps using a winter weight knit.



I manged to get a quick fitting and photo of the skirt. As you can see it's still not finished, it has no elastic band fitted...But I made the most of my opportunity to get a photo.

Bottom left pic: I have covered the elastic band and made
the band the same fabric as the skirt....
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