Good morning!! Well, okay, maybe it’s not morning. But that’s not the point.
I actually did it! I made progress on the kimono! I’m so proud of myself. As I suspected, the body of the kimono went together very quickly. However, as you can see from what I’m trying to make vs. a kimono I happen to have on hand, there are some differences in the construction. The main one is that the red kimono has open sleeves, that do not close up under the arm.
The kimono… okay, from now on I’m going to call it a negligee, since that’s what it’s referred to in the book, and since I really strayed away from a traditional kimono pattern to get it the way I wanted it… the negligee doesn’t have open sleeves.
So I directed myself to my trusty pattern drafting book, and looked up how to make “western kimono sleeves”, and continued on from there.
Pickles helped me with the drafting process, making sure my fabric didn’t move
And then she inspected it once I had cut. She thinks she did all the work- I was just in the way!!
The front opening of the negligee follows the same style as the kimono, where the fabric is slashed open, and then the raw edges are either turned under in the lining (I haven’t gotten there yet, but I have some nice light blue satin that I think will do just fine), or in the collar band (which I also haven’t done, since I’m having trouble deciding if I want to keep the red from the image, or make the robe all light blue.
What do you think? Keep the red, or ditch it?