I just finished making my kimono jacket and I am quite pleased with how it’s turned out. I love how much drama it adds to a simple casual outfit. Throw this over any outfit to elevate your style. You could wear this for a summer walk through the park, like me. Or, throw it over your underwear for those mornings you want to feel glamorous while sipping your coffee. Gotta run to the grocery store? Throw this on because you’re a bad ass bitch and you gotta represent. Meeting friends for dinner? Put on your kimono and when your friends tell you how fabulous you look just say, “oh, this old thing?” This jacket adds that instant cool factor and I’m in love with it. For more on this project, read on.
This jacket was made using McCall’s 7200, an easy kimono pattern with four variations.
I chose to use this gorgeous silk fabric I bought a few years ago at Textile Fabrics in Nashville. I am so glad to have finally been able to use it. This jacket was actually inspired by another look I stumbled upon on the interwebs.
I love how effortlessly chic this woman looks and I knew right then and there that I wanted to create my own version. I only had 2.5 yards of this silk fabric so it took some doing to get it right. I did not have enough fabric for the collar band so I had to use the white selvage edge of the fabric.
I was kind of annoyed at the time because I thought I was going to end up looking like a boxer, but now I am loving the collar and I think it is a cool design detail.
The whole jacket was sewn up using french seams.
I originally thought I would serge all of my seams but decided that a fine fabric such as this deserves the couture treatment.
I modified the commercial pattern by adding about twenty inches of length to my kimono. I tried to use up every last inch of this fabric. I think this is the sort of project where fabric choice will really make a difference. I knew I wanted to use a luxe fabric. I think my fabric turned out to be a winning choice.
I love the way the wind catches my jacket and gives it life.
Frustratingly, though, all of my photos are slightly out of focus. I’ve been having issues getting my DSLR to focus. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! When I first bought this camera and started using it, I was getting razor-sharp images. See Exhibit A:
It seems like all of my recent photos lately have been so out of focus. I’ve tried manually focusing. I’ve put it on auto focus. I don’t know what to do. And when I’m out shooting and zoom in on my camera, everything looks ok. But as soon as I start editing my photos on my laptop, I notice the focus issues. For those of you who take self-portraits with your DSLR, please share your advice! So I apologize that my photos aren’t great today. What a shame, too, because I drove out to a beautiful park so I could really highlight my kimono.
Anyway, what are your July sewing plans? Will you be participating in Indie Pattern Month through the Monthly Stitch? I plan to enter each contest! I can’t wait to see what ya’ll sew up.