I love to make something for my Mom every now and then and it occurred to me that she might love to have a kimono to wear on our beach trip. I love making pieces for her like this one since the sizing is forgiving and the project is fairly quick to whip out. I think this would be a perfect project for a beginner sewist.
I've previously made a Simplicity kimono for myself (for last years beach trip) and while I love that pattern I think this one (which is Butterick 6464) has some really great features. The shape flares out at the bottom and the kimono sleeves bell out and drape into a really pretty shape. I also love the collar on this, the way that it lays up against the neck is so pretty and for someone like my Mom, who has narrow shoulders the weight of this collar holds the kimono in place really nicely.
The chiffon fabric used here was partially salvaged from a failed wrap dress made for the Fabric Mart Fabricista contest way back when. I held on to it along with the fabric remnants for an opportunity just like this one! I loved the fabric and didn't want to just throw it out or donate. The pink linen is left over from a Fabric Mart make as well. The chiffon is floaty and the linen helps the whole kimono drape better that something light weight would have.
As far as cutting out the chiffon, I used tissue paper underneath and it worked well. The shape of the pattern pieces cooperate with chiffon. I used a serger to construct the chiffon and my regular machine for the rest. I referenced the directions but went my own way in construction.
My Mom loves this kimono and I think was just as tickled as I was that it looked so fabulous on her. She is already making outfit plans, scheming about what is in her closet that would look great with it.
I can't wait to see her wearing it at the beach and now have a great pattern to make her something special with in the future!
Thanks for reading and happy sewing!