Nicki and Amy have designed this really easy T-shape Sukura Kimono Pattern that was just begging to be made in their gorgeous Japanese Red Poppies cotton lawn.
It is a traditional style kimono with dropped shoulders and bell bottom sleeves and is made using just 5 mostly straight fabric pieces!
Now I’m not great at the mathematical side of sewing so I read over the instructions out loud a few times purely to get the steps into my head as there is a bit of measuring to do at first. But honestly I needn’t have worried, it is SO straightforward. Not daunting at all to just cut by measuring rather than rely on pattern pieces.
The instructions are laid out in clear step by step stages and have pictures too! Other than the neck facing pattern piece (which comes with it) you literally just measure the lengths you need and cut.
Once the main pieces are cut you need 3 pieces of interfacing- for the neckband facing and 2 front panel bands
Iron them on as per instructions to the neckband facing and front edges of panels then snip along the interfacing strips to cut off the front facings
Sew together the 3 interfaced pieces - front panels to the neckband facing. The instructions suggest overlocking the raw edge but my overlocker sometimes doesn’t want to play and this was one of those times! So I pressed under about 5mm and straight stitched it for a neat finish .
Because there are just a few basic pieces once you start sewing the kimono together it comes together so fast! So fast in fact that I forgot to take pictures!
Before I knew it it was almost ready for hemming!
The pictures and really clear instructions definitely make it a nice easy sew! Perfect for beginners right through to confident sewists who can then put their own modifications on it too if desired.
The Sukura kimono comes with instructions for a belt. Nice to make and then you have different options of how you wear it. Great tied as a belt but I used it for a headband too!
A really fab little pattern, everso simple to construct. So happy with the fabric too, gorgeous to sew with! How about adding pom pom trims to make it properly beach worthy! I’m already planning what else I can make- although this is a perfect light cover up in this amazing summer we are having in the UK- I’m already wondering about a velvet version for winter!