Yes, I got interested in the kimono jacket look this summer and am adding a few light and medium weight ones to my wardrobe.
This one is made from a lightweight silk which I am fairly sure came from Jomar in Pennsylvania which must mean that it is at least ten years old. It was easy sewing using silk since it pressed nicely which made turning the curved banded edge on the neckline a little easier. My friend who made her first one from a polyester said that was a bear to do.
|Curved faced band on the back edge|
I lengthened the front band by 1" and will probably raise the back curve by about two inches on the next one. I have a rayon one planned and I also think it would sew up nicely in a wool jersey for the winter.
|Tabula Rasa jacket from Fit for Art patterns|
This next kimono-like jacket is another version of the Tabula Rasa, Tabula Rasa jacket lengthened ten inches, using the "summer sleeve" variation which is basically shorter and a little wider below the bicep curve. I made it up in a very light, almost sheer poly from Joann's that has also been aging for years in my stash. It was so sheer that I had to be careful with my iron or it would want to melt.
I like how it goes nicely with a pair of jeans and makes me look dressed but not fussy. I narrowed the front band by one half of its original width and did a rolled edge on the hems of the sleeve and the jacket. I'm a size 10 or 12 for most RTW. I sew up a size small in this pattern, use the front with bust darts and the slightly flared side panel. I like the loose fitting ("art teacher" style I heard used dismissively by a runway commentator but one I embrace) design and am wearing it with a very used original Burda 2004 twist top....which I need to remake. That's what I love about sewing. No mourning when things wear out, just make another one!
I have a friend coming to visit this week so it is time to file away some of those new patterns sitting on the guest room bed then look at the food supply. I am going to make one of my favorite end of summer treats, this astonishing tomato crostata recipe. I recommend these two sewing patterns and also trying this recipe with the last of those summer red tomatoes.