Not actually a kimono

I have been loving all the kimono fashions around lately.  I have been on the look out for suitable fabric for a few months, and as you know, good things come to those who wait!

So then I set off to find a kimono pattern.  There are plenty of instructions to make your own pattern on the internet, but I thought that I would flip through my pattern magazines to see if there was anything suitable there first.  It turns out that I do have a few variations on kimonos (well, it is a rather large pattern collection), but in the end I was more taken by the line drawing for Burdastyle 9/2010 #117 & #118.

технический рисунок модели

Never mind that the originals were in heavy wool. 

Жилет9/2010. #118 tall

So it is not a kimono.  It does not have kimono sleeves.  Actually, these ones are better because they do not fall in my cooking or my washing or whatever else I am doing.  Mostly, I liked the inset panels.  I made mine up in a floaty silk, somewhere between the two in length and sleeve length and without the collar or pockets.

The back, so that you can see the inset panels at the back.

This is what it looks like pinned closed (excuse the death stare!).  I'm not planning on wearing it this way, but I could, and it shows off the angled hem.

 Today I wore it with jeans (duh), but I also like kimonos styled over shorts or summery dresses. 

I must admit though, the first few times I wore this out of the house I had to shake off the feeling that I was stepping out in a bathrobe :).


  1. Very very lovely. I can't believe that this lovely, floaty, silky kimono came from that heavy, wool wintery coat pattern. I think that impresses me most! The colours are gorgeous and very you. Far more chic than our 1980s brunch coats....do you remember those?

  2. I like it! I like the interest from the seaming. I also have a dream of making a kimono, but am a little unmotivated due to the nasty cold weather in Sydney.

  3. I'm with Bernice... I'm so impressed you could look at the heavy coat pattern and see this beauty in there! I love the panels and dare I say, I like it done up too :)

  4. Wow! Such great vision! I actually like it buttoned up. Very cool piece!

  5. This is some serious line drawing analysis! I like that your piece functions as a kimono but has a lot more interest to it.

  6. Ooooh- LOVE that fabric- so pretty. I'm the same as you- whenever I'm wearing something that is more floaty and could potentially be house-ware I worry about leaving the house! But this is too chic for that! It would be gorgeous styled with some high waisted shorts!

  7. Great job at taking a pattern and using the line drawing to see it as something else. Love the fabric and I think you will get a lot of use out of it.

  8. I never would have thought to make this pattern is a light weight fabric. What a different, but fabulous look!. Love the fabric too.

  9. I think your top looks great, I really love those inset panels and the way you've used the fabric's pattern. I would never have thought to try that pattern in such a light weight fabric.

  10. What a great idea! You see, when I look at the Burda models I never, ever, dream of making them in a different kind of fabric...lack of imagination, I guess. So I admire you for this and let me tell you the result is awesome!