Category Archives: The Garments

The Blue Kimono

simple blue kimono

I took a couple hours yesterday to turn the blue “novelty chiffon” I picked up last week into an easy kimono.

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I had two yards so I cut it up into 6 rectangles. The back, 2 fronts, 2 sleeves, and a neckband that isn’t pictured here, and that I ended up not adding.


The shoulders and sleeves are flat felled seams.

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And the side + underarm seam are french seams.

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For the fronts and the bottom hem I did a 3/4 inch rolled hem and top stitched both edges.

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And I did 2 1/4 inch deep cuffs, again with stitching at the top and bottom edges.

I’ll love this piece as something to throw on, but it was kind of a pain in the ass to sew. I forgot how exactly how fast kimonos are, I think this project took 2 1/2 hours from start to finish, and how much I love wearing them.

So now I have a dress, a sweater, and a kimono, but I plan on spending the next couple days editing this month’s book chapter, and busting out some more clothes. I can’t quite believe it’s already the 27th.

The Grey & White Dress Details


Thought you might want to see some of the details from the grey & white dress…

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The fabric is a light beautiful grey & white cotton seersucker. Seersucker is a puckered, thin, summery fabric, which is why the fabric of the dress is all ripply.

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I included an invisible side zip, and I’m over the moon happy that the stripe matched up across the zipper.

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Not all the stripes match up perfectly.

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But most of them do, so I’m calling it a win.

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I did a simple half inch rolled hem. And there’s still some scarring left over from all the times I had to rip the dress apart, but I think I’ll be able to get that out.

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The dress is made up of straight panels with triangular godets (inserts) to give the dress fullness and flare.

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And I finished my seams with the overlock stitch on my Bernina.
(Except for where I forgot.)

The Grey & White Dress

Fucking finally.

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It’s done and I love it.

I kind of wish I hadn’t had to take it apart a hundred times in the process, but I think even that was ultimately worth it.

I’m going back and forth about dropping a lining in.

On one hand, while the seams are all finished inside, but there are a lot of them, so a lining might make the dress more comfortable to wear.

But on the other hand, I’m completely and totally sick of working on this dress, and it is wearable without a lining.

We’ll see.

For the moment at least, I’m calling it done, and declaring it a victory. yay!

The Jade Sweater

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It’s the first finished object! Well 95% finished. I haven’t washed it yet.

And it’s not really ‘jade’ either. The yarn company calls the colorway ‘peacock.’ But I don’t think it’s quite bright enough to be called ‘peacock.’

It’s a super simple hand knit, yoked, cropped, pullover. I wrote more about the technical details (yarn, needles, etc.) over on the knitting blog.

I’m hoping it’ll gain a little bit of length when I wash it, but overall it came out like I wanted.

And it’s officially (well at least once it’s washed) the first finished garment for this project. Squee!!


I have the feeling I’ll wear this dress-sweater combo at least a couple times.