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Topic: Kimono WaLoli Dress *now with tutorial*  (Read 147906 times)
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« on: March 12, 2005 02:13:22 PM »

I really wanted to do something that reminded me of spring, and this is what I came up with in the middle of the night. I think I'll eventually make an underbust corset to go with it.



Tutorial for making kimono.

This assumes a fairly good knowledge of sewing. Partially because I made it up as I went along, and am trying to recall exactly what I did.



Okay, warning you, drawing in life or on the computer, not my strong point. But this might give you an idea of how I did it.

The top part of each side of the kimono is based on my size, and is fitted until just under the arm. I extended both sides out to add a nice fullness. You can see the basic shape on the picture. The back is fitted through the underarm as well. I sewed the left and right sides to the back at the side seams and the shoulders, leaving a bit unsewn into the armhole area. I sewed the lapel (which is a piece of fabric cut long enough to go up the front of the dress on the non-side seams and back down again) on right sides together to the front of the dress going up the left side and ending down on the right side. I pressed a 1/2 inch seam on the unsewn edge of the lapel. Then I folded the lapel in half and sewed it down by topstitching and catching the underside.

I then sewed a very big loop of fabric (I pictured it folded over) for the large part of the sleeve. I sewed the tiny cap sleeve (fitted to my arm fairly closely) on, and then sewed the tube of fabric (large sleeve part) on, creating a curve as I sewed down. I actually resewed what I had done before, as I wanted a gentle curve. I have included a picture to (I hope) illustrate what I mean about the curve.



I sewed a band around the cuff of each sleeve in the same manner as I had sewn the lapel on. Then I did a blind hem on the bottom, and VOILA! Finished product.

I really hope this makes sense to someone out there.
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2005 02:15:05 PM »

THAT is AMAZING!!!! Wow....a middle of the night inspiration? Very very cool.

I hope it brings spring on wherever you are!
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2005 02:19:19 PM »

Holy crap! Is that from a pattern, or did you just wing it? Either way, I'm in love...oooh
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2005 02:22:10 PM »

I just made it up as I went along. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted, and this turned out almost exactly like it. Thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2005 02:30:16 PM »

that's beautiful
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2005 02:31:58 PM »

Ooh! Very pretty!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2005 03:03:57 PM »

Thats beautiful! did you just have that cute fabric lying aorund? About how much did you use? Great job ^^
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2005 03:06:50 PM »

It took me about 5 yards of the large print, and I used 2 yards of the contrast. I had gone to the fabric store looking for spring prints, and that group just jumped out at me.
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2005 03:14:36 PM »

Oh oh! How purdy... Cheesy  You just *made* that up?  You are a natural then...
Any suggestions for someone who wants to make something similar?  Do you have anything to offer...help... Smiley 
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2005 03:27:14 PM »

WOW!!  I'm so in love with this! AWESOME job!
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