Cropped Kimono, Simplicity pattern #1318

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Editorial shot (not really) live from my hotel room in Sioux Falls, SD

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Close-up print + lace detail

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Wingspan (shirt tucked to show crop length)

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Obligatory back shot

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Bonheur. (French for ‘happiness’)

 

I’m making it a point in 2015 to try to sew more for myself regardless of all the other things that get in the way. That means hand sewing or project planning on both work and fun travel days. Days at home mean quality time on my machine. No excuses.

It has been so tiring – but so fun!

If you follow me on Instagram (@diyraven) you’ve already seen a sneak peek of the box pleated skirt (Butterick #B5929) that I’m making out of one of the fabrics that I purchased on my last Japan visit. I’m almost finished, but I had to complete this kimono ASAP before my trip to Abu Dhabi/Dubai coming up this week after my 4-day work trip!

In the UAE it is required for ladies to dress modestly in public (covering shoulders to knees), but most long sleeves I own are for cold weather only. Dubai is going to be pretty blazing hot, so (at the last minute of course) I dug out this recently purchased Simplicity pattern from my collection. I bought 1.25yds of a light, silky polyester fabric and lace trim from JoAnn fabrics and got to work that evening on this kimono.

Even though I was a bit hesitant how the cropped version would look and although I had a couple confusing moments during the construction of this little garment, I’m so pleased with how it turned out! I’ll be able to cover up all my tanks and skimpy tees without being offensive NOR having a heat stroke. It also won’t hardly take up any space in my luggage.

That last statement is actually the most important because I really need the extra space to bring back new FABRIC!!

Priorities.

4 comments

  1. And if you see some of this said fabric, send pics and I will PayPal transfer money ASAP!!

    Lol! But I’m serious tho… ☺️

    1. Lol! No worries, I already know you are so serious – will do! 😉

  2. This is so cute! I love your fabric choice. I made the same pattern, but I think like you I should have sized down – the fit on yours looks just right!

    1. Thanks so much, Claire! 🙂 Yeah I was taking a bit of a risk by sizing down & not doing a practice-run first BUT it turned out to be worth it! Glad to hear someone else did the same pattern though. I’m definitely going to check yours out too!

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