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Men's Kimono

Added Aug 26, 2008

by ladymacbeth86

San Juan, Puerto...






Men’s kimono. Mid-calf length with three pockets, 3/4 sleeves and straight neckline. My dad wanted a kimono for so long (I don’t know for what), and my fornt-door neighbour, who’s a seamstress, had a real vintage kimono from japan (she used to live there) So I tried copying off the pattern at first, but since japanese clothing is based on rectangles, I had problems with the armholes. Oh, and the cotton I bought, for some reason, had stretch, which didn’t help the case. So, I downloaded the Jakob pattern, but changed the length to become a robe. I also altered the sleeves, copying off the exact armhole, but making it a complete straight, kimono-like sleeve. I also changed the neck to resemble a kimono neck, which is far easier than sewing the convertible neck anyway. I added the Jakob upper pocket and cut it on the bias and my dad later said he wanted some pockets on the lower sides of the kimono, so I added the same pockets as on the Talia pattern and voilà! Actually, for my first piece of menswear, it looks nice, I think.

Material Notes

Cotton fabric (sincerily, I don’t know what type of fabric is!)





Burdastyle for the patterns; me for the altering and sewing

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    Sep 8, 2008, 01.47 PMby nehmah

    The secret to the armholes is, "Don’t sew them shut, for 2-3 in. Same with the sleeves. I’ve made several, and the first one finally bit the dust after 20+ years. (It was the Folkwear pattern #113) You should be pleased that your idea works so well. I’ll bet you Dad is! Nehmah

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    Aug 26, 2008, 10.51 AMby naughtylittlepony

    I agree! good job. It has a nice East meets West feel to it which makes it really unique and modern I think. It’s nicely masculine.

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