I know this isn’t the case in other parts of the country, but here in the MIdwest, Mother Nature is on crack.
I live in Kansas. In Kansas, we generally have relatively short, mild winters, long springs, and early, blessedly warm summers. But this year, winter just. wouldn’t. end. It was probably April before spring weather finally replaced winter. And since then, the rain just. won’t. end. The pools couldn’t even open on Memorial Day because it was so cold and rainy — practically unheard of here.
But finally the forecast shows a week without rain, which means might yard may finally dry out enough for me to finish my vegetable garden later this week. That’s right — the garden we started building at the beginning of April still sits undone because there hasn’t been a long enough dry stretch to till up the soil and finish the darned thing.
But enough whining — down to business! Even though Kansas has been stuck in Mother Nature’s shower for the last two months. I have had summer on the brain. Not surprisingly therefore, my May Show the Show outfit centered on summer staples.
I’ll post about each piece separately, but for now, let’s talk about this kimono.
The tutorial instructions are pretty detailed, and Leanne gives precise measurements for the pieces, which is very helpful. My only complaint about this kimono is that it’s suuuuuper long.
I would seriously consider whacking off a few inches from the back, but I rounded all the corners and did the bottom hem, front and neckline in one long hem. If I make another one (jury’s out on whether my wardrobe needs more than one kimono), I would definitely take a few inches off the back piece.
In fact, it’s totally possible that I measured either the back or front pieces wrong because there’s such a difference. I like the length of the front pieces, and a hip-length kimono would probably work well on my frame.
Other than length, this kimono fits me pretty well. It’s very loose, but that’s how it’s designed, and it does fit fairly well across the shoulders.
The fabric has been sitting in my stash for a loooong time. Back in May 2013, Kelly from Cut Cut Sew made a Cascade skirt in this fabric, and I fell in love with it. I promptly went to the Etsy store where she bought it, and it was listed at only $4 per yard — $4!!! So I bought 5 yards. This kimono used one, which means I still have 4 yards sitting down in my stash. Prepare to see more Van Gogh outfits in the (hopefully near) future!
It’s a wonderfully drapey rayon so it was perfect for this kimono. And the print — how gorgeous are all of those blues? A kimono is great for fabric like this, or any fabric with a large-scale print because there’s not much to break up the print.
But, not much more to say. Love the the fabric, good tutorial, nice summer piece to throw over shorts and a tank top for an evening on the patio. It was two hours well-spent!