Sew a kimono from Liberty fabric.
Add a touch of old-fashioned glamour to your daily routine with this slinky wrap-around robe, which combines two richly-hued abstract Liberty prints in different textures: ‘Bailando en Mis Suenos’ Balcombe Silk, trimmed with another silk, ‘Combe’ Harcourt Crepe de Chine. It is a comfortable UK size 12, which finishes at mid-calf. Hold the pattern against you before cutting out the fabric, to double check the length and adjust it as necessary for a longer or shorter version. Remember that you will need more fabric for a full-length kimono.
Size 12, with mid-calf length
Each square = 2.5cm
Note: Seam allowance (1.5cm)
is included in pattern-piece size.
Make a paper pattern piece of all the pieces needed for the kimono, including the rectangles for the front band, cuff, belt and belt loop, and use these to cut the fabric pieces. Transfer all markings onto your pattern pieces. Cut all pieces on straight grain of fabric except where instructed otherwise.
from main fabric:
• Cut 1 back, on the fold
• Cut 2 fronts (1 reversed)
from contrasting fabric:
• Cut 2 front bands, on the bias, each 11 x 127cm
• Cut 2 cuffs, on the bias, each 11 x 44cm
• Cut 2 belt pieces, each 11 x 66cm
• Cut 2 belt loops, on the bias, each 3.5 x 15cm
note: Cut one or two 5mm slits into the seam allowance at each of the points marked on the pattern: these will help you line up the pieces exactly when you pin them together.
THE LIBERTY BOOK OF HOME SEWING by LIBERTY, published by Quadrille (£20, hardback). Photos ©KRISTIN PERERS; Text ©LUCINDA GANDERTON.
© 2021 Liberty of London / Quadrille · Reproduced with permission.
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You Will Need
Making the belt loops
Following the technique instructions on page 67 for the jewellery roll ties, make the two belt loops into rouleaux. Fold them in half and pin to the back piece on the marked waistline matching the raw edges. (Check first that the waist in the right position for you, and adjust as necessary.)
Adding the front band
With right sides together, pin the band seam line to the kimono centre back. Pin each edge out to the bottom corners of the two front pieces. The two ends will hang below the hem. Machine stitch, leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance. Press the seam outwards, towards the band. Press under the two ends of the front band so that they are in line with the hem
Finishing the front band
Fold the band to the inside of the kimono so that the long folded edge is lined up to the seam line. You will need to ease it around curved edges of the two front pieces. Pin in place and stitch down by hand or machine. Slipstitch the bottom edges of the facing together on the left and right fronts.
Making the belt
With right sides together, pin and stitch the two belt pieces together and press the seam open. Fold the belt in half lengthways with right sides together. Pin, then stitch together 1cm from the edge, leaving an opening of approximately 15cm near the centre seam. Clip the corners, then turn right side out through this opening. Press flat and slipstitch the opening closed.