Simplicity 1318 Kimono Jacket

Kimono jackets are everywhere right now! I snatched this pattern up as soon as it came out a couple months ago. Right away I knew what fabric I wanted to use – a poly/lycra crepe from my stash. The fabric has a bit of stretch but that’s not required for this pattern that calls for silky lightweight wovens. I had my eye on view C (longer style), but when I laid out my fabric I could see that was just a dream. I had just enough fabric to make the main body of view D but needed a contrast fabric for the contrast bands. I also didn’t care for the sleeves of view D  –  slightly curved with no contrast trim – so I trimmed off the curve and cut a piece of trim to fit the sleeves. The trim fabric I used was a plain poly lining that matched the beige in the floral print.

kimono side


The pattern was very easy to make, but it took me weeks to make – why? The trim is stitched to the jacket, folded over and hand sewn down on the inside. I’m not against hand sewing – I actually enjoy it if I’m in the mood. But I guess I wasn’t really in the mood for it. The jacket sat waiting for me to finish it…

kimono front

Finally I did! I really love this jacket. It’s soft, light and “floaty”. I’d still like to make the longer version, some day.

kimono pocket

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  1. Vancouver Barbara

    What a stunning jacket. I have made a couple in this style. You have inspired me to make another one. Brava!

  2. Wow your jacket is great! Very inspiring, I love Japanese fabrics and prints of same. I was a customer of yours, I had no idea you sold the business. You should think of joining the American sewing guild, we have a group that meets in Troy, we would love to have you come and share your treasury of wonderful garments. If you are interested, contact me.

  3. Really lovely-the colors, trim and styling all work together so well.

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