Tuesday, November 9, 2010
This Next - Kimono Robe
Of course, it's not my size, so the 1st thing I had to do was expand the pattern pieces. It has only 4 major pieces; the front panel, the back panel, the sleeves, and the banding that finishes off the front and neck. I added 1-1/2 inches to the front and back pieces, then I added 2 inches in length to the front, back and banding. I didn't make any alterations to the sleeves.
The fabric is a black satin and gold print that I had in my stash. I chose to serge all the seams since the fabric is satin and tends to ravel. The set-in sleeves are very easy to do this way since you put the sleeves before sewing up the side seams. The side seams and the sleeve seams are then sewn as a continuous seam. This alleviates most of the curves that are sometimes troublesome while serging.
The pattern also comes with a pocket and sash/belt. I'm going to put the pocket on later when I get some free time. I'm thinking of embroidering a dragon onto it then installing it with a small cording around the perimeter.
All in all, I'm really happy with this little robe, and boy did I need it!