It’s been a while, helloo there!! Well, I did say back in January that blogging would be sporadic! The silence since coming back from my holiday is basically due to me sewing loads and loads of stuff, and showing nothing of it here for you guys, but annoying all my Instagram followers with loads of pics of baby and little girl’s clothes! There will be a write-up soon, but first wanted to show off one of the few adult’s garments I’ve made this month.
While I was away I got an email from Kat, one of the founders of The Monthly Stitch. If you’ve been following along with Indie Pattern Month this year you will have noticed that there has been an “extra”. In order to raise money for charities and to take The Monthly Stitch to a new level, three bundles consisting of various patterns have been put together for sale. I was offered the chance to pick a bundle and make one or more patterns from the bundle in order to promote the concept. As I was away at the time, I went with the last one, entitled Getaway.
As you could probably guess from the title, this bundle has patterns for holidays. The pattern chosen to start is the Warabi Kimono top from Waffle Patterns. I had actually bought this pattern last year and toiled it for myself, but my shape really didn’t do it any justice. I decided my best friend could do with a new top and started digging in the stash for suitable fabric. I had to shop the stash as there is this little pledge not to buy anything until Christmas time!
I rediscovered 5m of gorgeous silk that was liberated from a local charity shop a few years back for a ridiculously low price. The colour is perfect for my friend’s colouring and the lightness of the fabric suits the pattern really well. I toiled the 38, which fitted straight off the bat, the pattern needed to be lengthened by 3cm because my friend is quite tall and is long waisted.
French seams were used throughout, the only finish if you’re going with a lightweight silk, and double turned all the hems. I loved making this pattern, the instructions couldn’t be clearer, Yuki also supplies detailed illustrations so there’s no getting confused. I have used Waffle Patterns before, with superb results.
I used the copy shop version, I have a huge aversion to cutting and taping millions of A4 pieces of paper together and will now avoid buying a PDF pattern if that option is not included. What I like about this one is that the pattern pieces all fit nicely onto one A0. Nice and cheap. The instructions booklet is also not pages and pages long. It’s informative, has everything you need and doesn’t have 8 pages showing you how to lay out the pattern pieces.
Pictures are on the dress form only for now, my friend has yet to see her present, but I know she’ll love it! The green of the silk looks fantastic with jeans, so this will be the perfect “dress it up” top. If you like what you see, visit The Monthly Stitch‘s page to see the other patterns in the bundles and spread the sewing love. I will have another pattern to show you in a couple of days, also from the Getaway bundle, also a gift!
The Kimono was finally delivered today & I’ve managed to get a couple of photos. My friend is very camera shy so these were taken on the sly!
I love that she’s happy wearing it with shorts in a very casual way, and not just keeping it “for good”.
20 thoughts on “Floral Silk Warabi Kimono”
Now this is going to be the bundle for me. I love that kimono top and will be making one for summer!
It’s so quick to make, you’ll have a few!
I think I agree with Ms Fadanista about this bundle. Your version is stunning, Anne, and I’m sure your friend is going to love wearing it! (Even like your toile ~ too bad you decided it wasn’t “you.”) 💕
Thanks Del, it’s a pattern that works better on people with smaller busts….
I like both of them! The green is a fantastic fabric. That would be lovely with jeans!
It does look good with jeans, actually, it’s been worn quite a bit so far and looks good with everything!
I love the green silk! What a lucky find!
Oh wow! This truly is a thing of beauty. And clever you for finding that gorgeous silk!
It was a chance find! I got a few metres of black haboutai at the same place a few weeks before.
that’s gorgeous! Thank you for sharing lovely photo. I’m so glad see that my pattern turns lovely wardrobe. this makes me want one more with silk!
THanks Yuki, I’m keen to make another too, just need to find someone who’ll look fabulous in it!
You do find the most amazing fabrics. I do wish I could wear that colour…it makes me look bilious. But this top is fabulous. And I love your wee photobomber!
Yup, not my colour either! I had to tell her to be very careful with the dogs around, that silk is so fine, one hint of dog claw and it’ll be all holey.
I saw a gorgeous fabric the other day…but superfine silk with two small peeps and a new 10 week old fur baby is not a good mix for that!
It’s a beautiful top. Such pretty fabric!
Thank you! 🙂
This is the perfect summer top and I love the printed linen.
Thanks Gail! 🙂