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Added May 20, 2015

by cris orange

Vienna, Austria






I only had 2 small pieces (ca. 30 × 100) of this beautiful vintage (60-70ies) japanese kimono fabric – yes, they originally belonged to a kimono :-). It is a very fine thin wool with a tender cherry blossom print and delicate pastel colours.

I reflected for a long time what to do with these pieces, I made many sketches. There should be something simple, so there is no need to cut too much the fabric. Also it should be something modern, with NO Asian elements… To use the pieces as whole rectangles, it should be some angular design, so I eliminated all curves, including in the neckline and the armholes.

And this way, step by step, I came to the result you see now: an asymmetrical dress with layer look in the skirt.
What as a sketch seemed to be simple, crystallized as rather complicated when constructing the pattern. Indeed, this is my most complex pattern so far. Because of the asymmetry I had to work with the whole pattern witdh instead of the half as usual. The darts should be inverted, that means on the right side of the fabric, and exactly on the same hight (unfortunately there was not possible to make them equal wide).

In the skirt part I wasn´t sure if to left the pieces hang loosely on top of each other, or if to sew them together… after many fittings, I decided to sew them.

The Japanese fabric has an underlining of silk organza, because it is very thin, almost transparent. The white fabric is wool with lycra, so I renounced the underlining in order to maintain the elasticity. The dress has a silk habotai lining. The zipper is on the side, to not destroy the backline. And the best is: I washed all fabrics before, so now the whole dress is washable! (it already survived a washing in the machine :-)).

During the work on this dress, I often was unsure if I really like the design… now, as it is finished, it is very comfortable to wear and I think, I could befriend it… I find it funny that the result remembers me of a Japanese kimono, although that was not my intention at all :-) :-) :-)

Material Notes

Vintage Japanese Kimono Wool / Wool with 2% Lycra / Underlining: Silk Organza / Lining: Silk Habotai




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Silk, Wool

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    Jul 23, 2015, 10.04 AMby SassyT

    Fab. Scheduled for Friday.

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    Jul 22, 2015, 08.23 AMby SassyT

    Can I share this on SSB Friday. Thought I had already asked. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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      Jul 22, 2015, 12.18 PMby cris orange

      yes, you can :-)

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    May 27, 2015, 05.52 AMby sewing fanatic

    Totally fantastic!!

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      May 27, 2015, 10.19 AMby cris orange

      thank you!!! :-)))

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    May 22, 2015, 05.07 PMby Eryn Shields

    What a creative way to make use of that beautiful fabric! Your work is awesome and I love the whole outfit styling!

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      May 22, 2015, 10.52 PMby cris orange

      Thank you very much Eryn! Indeed, having not enough fabric stimulates the creativity :-)

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    May 21, 2015, 02.59 PMby Dominica Briscoe

    Thanks for sharing the process of making your lovely dress.

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      May 21, 2015, 03.02 PMby cris orange

      I hope it helps and inspires you -)

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    May 21, 2015, 12.35 PMby Livonet

    I like the combination, well done, lovely. And the pumps match perfect with the dress. (>.<)

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      May 21, 2015, 01.11 PMby cris orange

      Thank you so much Livonet! :-)

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    May 21, 2015, 05.33 AMby Mary Athey

    Stunning dress cris and a big wow for drafting and constructing this. It’s fabulous on you. I think you’ve done a smashing job on this dress and your shoes go perfectly with it. Bravo xx

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      May 21, 2015, 10.31 AMby cris orange

      Thank you Mary! Indeed drafting and constructing patterns is now my favourite part of the whole work :-)

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    May 20, 2015, 08.45 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Very interesting and Cool style!

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      May 21, 2015, 10.32 AMby cris orange

      Thank you Ellen!

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    May 20, 2015, 08.25 PMby libra-s

    Another fab dress you created!! Very chic yet wearable!

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      May 21, 2015, 10.34 AMby cris orange

      Thank you! Yes, “wearable” is an important thing :-)

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    May 20, 2015, 06.38 PMby IDia

    Realy interesting design! Xx

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    May 20, 2015, 04.42 PMby KannaK

    Beautiful dress :)

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    May 20, 2015, 04.24 PMby katanarose

    Thank you for including photos of the pattern, those are some complicated darts! Looks super fantastic and who doesn’t love that shade of blue, with sakuras too? I am sooooo jealous! Awesome shoes as well, the little tip of silver just sets the whole look off! I’ve wanted to make an asymmetrical dress like this before, you’ve given me courage to get on it!

    p.s. Wow! Someone besides me uses plastic for pattern-making ^_^v

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      May 21, 2015, 10.41 AMby cris orange

      Indeed I put the photos of the pattern thinking it could inspire someone… so I am happy you feel encouraged to try an asymmetrical dress too :-) :-) :-) these japanese fabrics are sooo nice, I have some more in ny stash still waiting for a new life… it must be something completely different, but I still don’t know what… and yes, plastic for patterns is much better as paper, I think :-)

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    May 20, 2015, 01.16 PMby ronnielee

    Very interesting and original. Looks fantastic! Brilliant job

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      May 20, 2015, 01.21 PMby cris orange

      Thank you so much ronnielee!

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    May 20, 2015, 12.38 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    What an amazing dress!!!

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      May 20, 2015, 12.41 PMby cris orange

      thank you!!! :-)

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