I’d like to introduce to you to a new pattern that has just been released – the Willow Kimono! Recently I had the pleasure of pattern testing this desing and I just love it!

The Trend

The kimono is a big summer trend – it can be casual or dressy, with long, loose, flowing fabric and boho-inspired trims. It can be worn with jeans, or for an evening out. A quick pinterest search will fill you with inspiration.

The Pattern

This is the Willow Kimono Pattern, its available to purchase as a pdf online at Designer Stitch. Designer Stitch is a great Australian pattern company with many beautiful designs on offer.

The pattern itself is quite simple, but so beautifully drafted. It comes in a huge range of sizes (6-24), and there are three different hem line options. I went with a curved hem, but there is also a long-line and shorter straight hem as well.

The pattern would suit a beginner who is looking for something that will give a most satisfying result!

The Fabric

Because this pattern is quite simple it gives you the opportunity to use some special fabric. I’ve been hoarding this printed silk chiffon for at least 6 years – I remember that I bought it online because I ‘needed’ it! But I had never found a project worthy of cutting into it until now. And this is perfect.

The Willow Kimono is designed to have french seams thoughout, amd the instructions provided are clear and easy to follow, even if you’ve never tried french seams before – this jacket could be the one to convert you!

This fabric was a bit of a challenge to sew, it is slippery, bendy, flimsy and just plain old wiggly! But, with just about 1,000 pins I was able to put it all together and ended up with a beautiful finish, even on the inside.

The Trims

This jacket is not just the perfect pattern for a special fabric, but it will also showcase some fabulous trims. I bought these trims to match, from Lincraft. These are a silky, drapey nylon fringing, and it is quite heavy, so it does pull on the hem a little – which makes it just divine to wear.

Getting the Pattern

The Willow Kimono is currently on sale at an introductory price that you don’t want to miss out on! And make sure to check out all the other beautiful patterns in the Designer Stitch store.

Thanks for reading.

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