Thursday, February 16, 2017

DIY Kimono: Simplicity 1318 Review

I actually made this piece last year and have only worn it a couple of times. I apologize for the terrible photos but I just don't have much time these days and hey...I was actually wearing pants and not workout gear so I quickly snapped a few pics for a review. For whatever reason, I don't love this top...probably because I know how many horrible mistakes are on it. However, every time I wear it I get complimented on it, so I thought it was at least worth reviewing and putting out there for others interested in making their own kimono. I feel like I love the look on everyone else but it is so boxy on my shoulders I am not sure it is the look for me, is it just me that feels this way about kimonos? Or maybe I just made mine incorrectly? The latter is highly likely!

Look at how messy my craft room floor is! Oops, should have vacuumed real quick but this is an honest look at how it usually looks.

Pattern Description: SIMPLICITY 1318  Misses Kimono Jacket
Pattern Sizing: I don't remember what I cut because it was so long ago
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes they are very easy to understand and follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the high low hem line and the fact that it would cover my rear. I ended up doing a lot of handstitching on this top and I personally try to avoid that at all costs, but I just couldn't get it to work like I wanted on my machine. 
Fabric Used: aww crud, I can't remember this either- It was a slinky fabric from Joann's that I picked up a couple years ago
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None
Would you sew it again? Maybe, but then I start working with this type of fabric again and wonder why I torture myself, so maybe not if I think about it first. I also don't know that this kimono is my favorite look on me so it will probably be my only one.
Would you recommend it to others? Possibly, it is not for a beginner. If you are an intermediate seamstress familiar with working with slippery fabrics than yes, otherwise you are just asking for frustration. There are many easier things to work with and this would not be a good introduction for sewing in my opinion. of my littles is up from nap so I gotta run, guess there is no time to vacuum that floor after all. :)



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