Friday, June 11, 2021

Procrastination Sewing: A Kimono

 After 35 years in our house and 15 years in my fabulous studio, we are getting ready to move.  The market for selling is hot.  And the market for buying is even hotter.  As soon as we can identify a place we both want to bid on, we will list our house.  And we are almost ready to go!  Between the pandemic and being in the studio for 15 years, there has been a lot to sort through.  I will freely admit to tossing a couple of UFO’s - the kind that fall into the “What was I thinking?” category.  This Swedish Death Cleaning approach has been very cathartic!

I was surprised and happy to come across three yards of a 54” knit by Sara Lawson from her Jungle Avenue line for Art Gallery Fabrics.   This was from maybe 12 years ago.  What was I thinking? An outfit? (It’s entirely appropriate to roll your eyes here…)   I just couldn’t put this fabric into a Goodwill bag.  And my skills at working with knits have never been good.  But…  I found a pretty simple pattern for a kimono of sorts.  Fold the fabric in half, cut our the sides, cut up the middle of one side along with a neck hole.  I found some black bias tape which is used to edge the center seam and neckline.  And then I turned that under and top stitched.

I did a similar thing on the sleeves and on the hem with some grey peppered shot cotton.  After washing it, the hem was kind of kershimmelled.  So I quilted it!  Now it’s fine.  And then I remembered I would need a loop for hanging this on the back of bathroom door.  And a pocket!  Of course I need a pocket.  So I added one of those.  

I got happily lost in this project because I wasn’t obsessing over how much fsbric I have and all the projects I want to do and how small my new sewing space will be wherever we move to. And should we ever have chilly mornings again, I’m all set.   

The hanging hook

The quilted hem

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