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My McQueen kimono jacket

Added May 5, 2011

by karinsi

Stockholm, Sweden






I decided to have a go at this gorgeous Alexander McQueen kimono jacket. I felt I needed a bit of a sewing challenge. And it was challenging indeed. Mostly because the instructions were, well, lacking a bit. So I decided to make one in a cheap fabric, in case it didn’t turn out so well. But I like the result! And I really enjoyed the work. I think I’m going to make another one in a really stiff silk.

Hints for doing your own:
- Seam allowance (1 cm) is included
- Cut 2 of pieces 1,3,4 and 5, cut 1 of pieces 2, 6 and 7
- follow the instructions even when they seem super weird

To make the folds lie flat in the back I sewed them in place on the inside. The instructions didn’t say anything about how to fasten it, so I decided on snaps.

I made the left front a bit shorter, to make it more wearable in everyday.

Material Notes

cotton/polyester blend




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Evening Wear
Cotton, Blends, Shirting, Silk



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    Mar 4, 2013, 01.57 AMby sunumol13

    It looks amazing!!! Like you, I’ll be making the jacket in cheap fabric and will take out the tail-like front portion of the jacket. I’ve got this beautiful green/blue silk fabric with a feather motif that will look fantastic for this jacket.

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    Mar 31, 2012, 03.11 PMby riasoe

    Hi, it looks great…one question – should I draw all the marks on the right side of the fabric? When it says bring one point to meet another, does that mean I should work on the right side or the wrong side? would much appreciate any clues.. thanks

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      Apr 3, 2012, 09.17 PMby karinsi

      I put all the markings on the wrong side (I think, not sure after all this time…)

      I think I sew it together wrong sides facing (you really need to see the markings in order to put it together).

      It’s kind of daunting to start this project off (because I couldn’t really get my head around the instructions before starting), but you just have to dive straight in.

      Good luck!

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    Nov 14, 2011, 01.50 PMby Isabel Alexander

    Hi You did a wonderful job on the jacket. I was on the site recently, but could not download the pattern. Is it no longer available?

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      Apr 3, 2012, 09.10 PMby karinsi

      Thank you!

      I just tried the link above (design download) and I found the download allright. I hope you can get it, it’s really fun!

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    Aug 30, 2011, 11.16 PMby Srdjan Jankovic


    Can you tell me please where i shod stich pice 3 on the back side.

    Thanks ;)

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      Sep 10, 2011, 08.19 AMby karinsi

      Sorry, I didn’t see your question until now. You’ve porbably solved the problem by now…

      But, if I remember it correctly, piece 3 is an interfacing for the lower edge of the back.

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    Jul 22, 2011, 08.29 PMby dulciem

    Hooray! Can you advise how much fabric you needed? Going shopping soon!

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      Jul 23, 2011, 10.35 AMby karinsi

      I’m not really sure, but if you cut out the pieces and put them on, say, the floor you can get an approximation.

      Good luck!

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    May 23, 2011, 03.57 PMby ichigogirl

    Oooh, it’s fabulous! I’m forever waiting to make this one, thank you for adding info about it! The measurements you added below, are they the width of the actual jacket? Do you mind me asking your size in f.ex. H&M clothes (if you know)? Do you think it would fit a H&M size 34 or is it rather a 32? It would be great to know before attempting to sew it :-)

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      May 23, 2011, 07.26 PMby karinsi

      Thank you!

      The measurements are my body measurements, so I’m more of a size 34/36 than a 32.

      You should give it a try, it’s fun to make!

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      May 24, 2011, 08.28 AMby ichigogirl

      A-ha! Thank you for answering, then it will probably be a tad big rather than a tad small on me, I think I prefer a tad big. So yes, I really should give it a go, yours looks fantastic (and he was the master, plus I love Japan, so really, I have no excuses…)!

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      May 24, 2011, 10.33 AMby karinsi

      Yeah, no excuses!

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    May 8, 2011, 04.03 AMby smallone

    oh thanks for the tips…and good to know this is small, as so am I :) Looking forward to seeing your silk version. I want to make this in a lightweight wool whenever I get the time….

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      May 9, 2011, 05.08 AMby karinsi

      I think it would be nice in wool. I think I’ll wait a while before I make the silk one. I am very easily bored, so I need to have forgotten the sewin process a bit before I do it.

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    May 6, 2011, 07.10 AMby A Sewing Architect

    Good job! :) Sizing is an issue which caused I haven’t made this before. (and time too). Thanks for your advice, I might try and size it up..

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    May 5, 2011, 09.56 PMby manola6176

    what size is the patterned, please

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      May 6, 2011, 05.08 AMby karinsi

      That’s one of the things you can’t figure out from the instructions. It’s quite small (I am). I didn’t make any alterations (except making the sleeves a bit shorter). Bust: 86 cm, waist: 70 cm.
      But you can probably adjust the fit by adding extra fabric in the side seams. And depending on where you place the snaps, you can make it fit better.

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    May 5, 2011, 09.51 PMby manola6176

    this is on my to do list

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      May 6, 2011, 04.59 AMby karinsi

      Do it!

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    May 5, 2011, 09.09 PMby bekaem

    Bravo for actually making this, and I quite like your ‘scrubs’ version. – In any case it’s a timeless piece, it’s definitely worth trying one in silk, for the future.

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      May 6, 2011, 04.59 AMby karinsi

      Thanks! I was really not sure how it would turn out, that’s why I used a cheaper fabric to try the pattern out. But once I’d started the sewing process it wasn’t super difficult.

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    May 5, 2011, 08.42 PMby milkyway

    This is amazing, looks so cool, pattern pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee??? you look great

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      May 6, 2011, 04.52 AMby karinsi

      You can download the pattern from SHOWstudio by following the link above.

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    May 5, 2011, 08.34 PMby MientjiB

    You are very brave! I downloaded that pattern, and have read it through countless times in bemusement :-) Yours looks lovely though, and you must definitely make it in a beautiful stiff silk!

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      May 6, 2011, 04.51 AMby karinsi

      I too read the instructions a hundred times and became more and more confused every time I read it. So I just decided to do it before I got too scared. Some of the lines on the pattern aren’t used (not in my version anyway ;)

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