Silk Kimono + My Fabric Designs
This silk kimono is epic. I love the movement, the length, and most of all the fabric!!
I used silk crepe de chine from My Fabric Designs. I designed this print and (I really shouldn’t brag but) I think it’s gorgeous. It’s nice to be getting some Me-Mades into my closet.
I planned to wear this silk kimono with a flowy tank, shorts, and sandals. That will have to wait for a bit, because the weather isn’t cooperating. Turns out, it looks great with jeans and boots too:)
Don’t deny it; you love these boots. Sam Edelman from a couple seasons ago. I need to brush the suede!
I didn’t have enough yardage to bind the outer edges of my silk kimono. I trimmed the circumference with elastic lace, dyed to match of course. So obsessed with lingerie elastic and Rit DyeMore right now.
I used French seams which make it look really clean and pretty inside. I did have enough fabric to bind the armholes, in case you were wondering:)
I’m enjoying sewing with silk, it’s not as fussy as I thought. Also, surprisingly stain resistant…
This is kind of gross, but I’m going to tell you anyways. Remember when I showed you my beat up hands on Instagram? Well one of those cuts opened up while I was sewing. I didn’t notice for several minutes…it was the finger I use to guide fabric through the pressor foot.
OMG, blood all over my silk kimono! Panic ensued. I dabbed it with a q-tip and peroxide and rinsed it really quickly with cold water. Zero damage, can you believe? I guess silk is more filth-friendly than I realized; which is good. My kids are animals; plus, a ruined silk kimono would’ve been worse than losing my barn in this tornado.
I’m so glad I didn’t make the practical hip length version, even though I had to sacrifice the sleeves to get it. Wearing my frivolous length kimono makes me feel like I don’t have a care in the world.
It might even be giving me delusions of grandeur. Have you ever owned a garment that gives you unhealthy doses of self esteem?
Fabric: Ocean View by Amy Mayen, in silk crepe de chine available exclusively at My Fabric Designs
Pattern: New Look 6378
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