I’ve recently come down with a bad case of kimono fever. If you follow Crab & Bee you’ve probably caught it too (1,2). This thing is contagious! Laney contracted the fever while watching me cut out a muslin for this post. Actually she’s wearing that muslin. Waste not, want not.
Laney’s kimono is made from a polyester chiffon gifted to me by the fabulous Sarah Grey. The scale, not to mention bold colors, had me stumped for a bit. At first I considered making a maxi dress, but the flower center would have covered an entire bodice looking more like a dirty blob than glorious bloom. And past experience has taught me to think very carefully before placing the focal point of a large print near the groin or bum. However a kimono offered the perfect solution providing a large surface area to feature the fabric while avoiding awkward pattern placement.
For extra luxury the sleeves, hem, and neck are finished in delicious silk bias tape. I even mitered the corners where the front edges meet the hem, although I won’t repeat this technique in the future since it requires that you trim quite closely to the seam and chiffon is a ravely beast.
The kimono worn by yours truly is made from a chiffon with thick tribal (?) inspired embroidery. I love this fabric, but I have to be honest with you it is pilling already and I’ve only worn it once. So far the pilling is isolated to the embroidery under the sleeve, but it isn’t a great sign. Such a shame since I had all sorts of ideas for the scraps. I framed the chiffon with black silk at the sleeve hem, neck, and added a 4 1/2 inch silk band at the hem. Silk and chiffon certainly became a theme for this project.
Styling: Katy – Tur-band (tutorial coming soon), Ooh la leggings, white Renfrew, Tasha booties, goat necklace thrifted, lip MAC All Fired Up matte lipstick, MAC Trust in Red Pro longwear lip pencil Laney – sandals madewell, lip Cherries in the Snow Revlon