The first pattern is the Melanie kimono.
Here's the line art:
Now I have made a number of kimonos in my time, and have even taught classes on making them Japanese style, but I have to say I like this pattern better than those I do working with rectangles.
The reason is that in this pattern the basic classic shape is intact but the shaping (see the slope of the sleeves above as opposed to the traditional boxy versions) and proportions, particularly of the band, just make for a better fitting garment.
I am completely in love with this pattern.
I had originally made it as a swim suit cover-up ( see following post) and took it to Portland to Quilt Mart as a sample.
Managing as I always do to pack both an overweight bag and a bad with nothing to wear in it all in the same piece of luggage, I ended up throwing this cover-up kimono on over a black Lisette skirt and a black sleeveless top (Jalie 2682 my old favourite) for one day of the show, and felt completely chic in it - a feeling I don't often feel.
Now there aren't many garments you can wear both over a wet bathing suit and striding around at work and feel completely appropriate in both venues.
When you find something like this it is worth paying attention.
So before I show you some pictures I have to put what you see in context.
I had intended to shoot these bathing suit and cover-up pictures outside beside some pool. However there has been an inexplicable cold snap in Nova Scotia, as in the ruining the grape vines and strawberry crop variety, and it is just too cold to do that. In fact two days ago I actually saw some poor woman in a down coat and mitts walking her dog,
Mitts in June.
This is nuts in a place where eight weeks from now folks will be saying things like "I can smell Fall in the air" as if that is a cheery as opposed to tragic thing (see previous posts over the winter on living in an RV down south as a further reflection).
So to get in the summer mood that wasn't I put on sun glasses and a sun hat and stood in the hall way in my house with the dog and tried to look tropical.
I interpreted this a meaning I should put on bright lipstick.
Of course what I really look like is a grandmother in a kimono in a hallway who should really be doing her dishes.
I trust your imagination.
If you weren't the kind of people who can see the picture in their mind's eye better than the reality you wouldn't be sewers would you?
Now here's to the shots:
You don't need me to tell you this but this is the back
|This is not the back, you know that too, but it indicates the role this kimono plays as a cover-up|
You can figure out that there are pockets too