MAKE 2 – UNISEX KIMONO
My second make was probably just as ambitious as the first, albeit a little less complicated in construction.
I’d discovered the following gorgeous fabrics in my local Fabric store and simply HAD to buy them.
Stunning Chinese Brocade fabric – little did I know how viciously this material frays….
I’d decided to make another Great British Sewing Bee garment but this time from the book ‘From Stitch to Style’ – the Unisex Kimono – pattern available here. (External content which may be removed at any time.)
I struggled with the fraying of this material until a good friend suggested I use French Seams. I did make a couple of mistakes with them, but learned a lot.
If you look at the hem and the raw edges in the image above you can see just how badly this material frays.
I finally managed to complete this, but was a bit surprised at the depth of the hem. Being a ‘newbie’ I stitched it as instructed, (it’s a very deep hem), but wasn’t overly happy with the result. I would have un-picked and re-stitched, but the needle had parted the fibres of the material and I didn’t want a second line of stitching to show.
Overall though, I was quite happy with the finished result.
MAKE 3 – Men’s Shirt
By this point, some friends had seen my posts and offered me some material that had belonged to a family member. (I still have some to use!)
This ‘stash’ included some lovely vintage fabrics that I could just see as shirts, so I embarked on my second shirt. (This is the same pattern as the first make.)
Having learned from the first, I adjusted the pattern for a better fit (the first is a little tight around the armholes.)
It took me a lot less time to get to this point. You may have noticed that I attached the collar before doing the buttons this time; that’s because I couldn’t find the right buttons for the job – back to the local fabric store where I found these little beauties……
You probably can’t see it because of the background, but the mother of pearl centre matches almost exactly the colour of the shirt.
The finished shirt fitted a lot better, but there was still a bit of room for improvement.