Monday, September 18, 2017

The Rayon Velvet Duster Length Kimono Jacket: New Look 6467

As I sit wearing a big, comfy - and most importantly - warm sweatshirt watching the cold rain soak the ground, I wonder if Sept. 18 is too early to turn the heat on in the house.  Never mind that three days ago we had the a/c on due to the heat and humidity!  Ah yes, our unpredictable Minnesota weather. Last week I wanted to continue sewing summer garments and today I just want to sew something warm!

It reminded me of this velvet kimono I sewed last winter.  I only wore it to take photographs for the blog, but never wrote the blog post.  And can we just pause for a moment while I reminisce about how much fun I had achieving my winter sun-kissed Florida vacation tan!  (Sadly, the place we stayed in at Bonita Springs had some damage from Hurricane Irma, not too much but any damage is too much, right?)
Anyway.  I'm not sure why I never wore this!  I like the colors. I like the velvet. I like the 70s boho vibe. So you'd think I would have tossed it on for a date night now and then. But nope, not even once. 
Let's talk about the pattern. It's New Look 6476, an easy-to-sew kimono jacket with sleeve and length variations. As soon as a I saw the pattern cover I knew I wanted to sew myself one.
I especially liked the two fabric version and set off for my favorite local fabric store (SR Harris) in search of some fabric. I settled on two velvet pieces that went well together. One was unusual with small "holes"and the other was a burnout. Neither was cheap! Even at the SR Harris discounted prices I paid almost $20 per yard.  But I was enamored with both fabrics and was sure they'd make a stunning jacket!
Although the kimono is loose-fitting I choose to do a small FBA (full bust adjustment) as I wanted it to fit across the bust as designed.

Construction consists of simply sewing the center back seam, the shoulder seams, the side seams, and adding the sleeves. The bottom band is constructed separately and added after the kimono is sewn together and hemmed with a narrow hem.

I used a LOT of pins to hold the narrow hem in place on the burnout velvet.
The front and neck edges are finished with single fold bias tape.  I made my own using scraps of a brown silk that I had used to sew a blouse from a vintage 70s Vogue pattern.  (Hmm, I don't think I've blogged that one yet either!)
As you can see, there is a generous amount of fabric in the kimono and it flows nicely when you walk.
I used a serger to finish the seam edges of the body, and used a french seam to attach the bottom band to the body.
There's not much else to say about the kimono.  Like I mentioned earlier, I like the fabric, I like the style, and I like the idea of wearing it, I just haven't worn it yet!  As I'm looking at the photos I'm posting, I'm wondering if it's the length that's throwing me off. I'm going to try shortening it and see if I like it better.
 I still think it's a great pattern and a beautiful, velvet kimono jacket. 

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  1. Pin up the sleeves before you shorten it and see if you like it better. I think there is just too much of every thing.

  2. I think you should narrow and shorten the sleeves first. If that doesn't help, then try pinning the bottom band up by almost half. There is just too much fabric....looks like it is wearing you instead of you wearing it. It is gorgeous and you should get to wear it.

  3. You need a silky bias slip dress under it with some rope pearls to wear to a very special date night...because you're right it is an amazing kimono!

  4. What a gorgeous jacket - too gorgeous to be left in the closet.



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