24 Jun MEMADE: African Sunshine Sew Over It Kimono Jacket
I made this kimono jacket for my friend Christina. We share our love on makeup and African wax print and she really wanted something made from that fabric. As I’m not a very experienced sewist, I was nervous of making a garment with lots of adjustments. A Kimono is perfect on this occasion, it’s not fitted with a good amount of ease, it’s stylish and flattering whilst adding an effortless charm to any outfit. I knew right away the Sew Over It Kimono Jacket is the ultimate pattern for this.
The Fabric and Materials
Christina picked up this beautiful fabric from Lewisham Shopping Centre for £5! 100% Cotton. It’s so soft once you washed it, a dream fabric to work with! This only used about 3m of the fabric, so about 2.4m left. I also used 3m of 16mm bias tape for Hong Kong finish. I tried to pattern match as much as possible but the print of fabric is actually not straight!
Pattern & Fit
This was my first project using a Sew Over It pattern, a beginner’s pattern. Even though it was my first experience with a PDF pattern, it was straight forward to print, cut and tape up. There are only 6 pieces – 2 fronts, 2 sleeves, back and neck band.
I made size M for Christina, I would made S for myself.
Construction and Alterations
The only alterations I made is adding patch pockets (see tutorial here) and finished the main seams with Hong Kong finish. I also stitched in the ditch instead of edgestitch for the neckline and there are also some handstitching to finish.
This is quite easy and sewing cotton as well, it would take someone else a day or weekend project but since I’m slow, it took me a few hours over a month’s time with other projects in between.
Lessons & Techniques Learned
- Patch pockets
- Hong Kong seams
I love this kimono jacket sadly I have to give it to her owner! The pattern was a breeze to sew, I’ll definitely be making one for myself in the near future!