This season I see Kimonos everywhere I look! They are one of the trends for the summer and I have to say I’m really excited about that because they have been part of my wardrobe for the last 2 years. I love layering both in winter and in summer, whether that is a warm knitted cardigan or a floaty Kimono. I think they elevate the outfit and they can turn a boring combo to something more interesting and stylish!
So, I can’t resist to a good Kimono pattern and although I already had the Sew Over It Kimono pattern I had to try the Florence Kimono by Sew Caroline. I must admit I fell in love with it the minute I saw Caroline’s photos, mostly because of the lovely sleeves and the trims she added to her version, either it was a pom pom trim or a fringe. I tried to order some fucshia pom pom trim to add to my version but luck wasn’t in my favor. My supplier didn’t have it in stock and due to some strikes it was never going to get here on time, so I decided to leave it for now but I will definitely use it for my next Kimono.
The pattern is great. It comes in many variations, you can do a cropped lenght, a hip length and a knee lenght. I opted for the hip length as this is more practical for me. All the seams are French seams which is absolutely fantastic because you don’t even need an overlocker to have a neat finish and the inside looks so beautiful!
The only thing that annoyed me a little bit is that there wasn’t a pattern piece for the bias facing, instead you have to measure and cut the stripes yourself to create what basically is a bias binding to finish the seams in the front. This wasn’t a huge problem, I drew a pattern piece long enough to fit the entire seam I had to bind and then I cut my fabric, but because I hadn’t noticed that I needed this extra piece when I traced my pattern pieces I was surprised the next day when I sat on my machine to sew the Kimono. I would have preferred it to be a pattern piece, but again, it’s not a big problem, just a preference.
Other than that, everything else worked out great! I LOVE my Kimono, I love how it fits and I love the fabric I chose to make it! Florals are everywhere this season and I think this piece completely transforms an outfit, don’t you?
If you decide to make a Florence Kimono or if you already made one, please share it with me, I would love to see!