Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Kimono Project: Using Fabric Creatively II

This is another variation on the Crane Kimono Jacket. I made it 4 or 5 years ago and wear it pretty often in the winter as it is quite warm. I interlined it with a thermal fleece to add warmth. This began with 2 fabrics, 2 trims and some pretty, sparkly buttons.

I had purchased an entire bolt of 64" wide black panne velvet at a fabric mill store in Uxbridge that was liquidating their stock. The whole bolt was $30 so that's about $1.33/yd. I later purchased some black-on-black embossed lining fabric at JoAnn Fabrics on sale for 33% off. The trims were rummge table finds at The Fabric Place, a length of 1/2" rayon soutache braid in black and 4 yards of commercially made black Venetian lace. The soutache and Venetian lace were good finds because they are both sturdy enough to stand-up to substantial outerwear.

The coat is made from the same McCall's pattern only longer, just below the knee in length. The panne velvet is very lusterous so it is hard to photograph. In the picture it looks wrinkled but when you wear it the fabric drapes beautifully.


Here is the stand-up collar trimmed in Venetian Lace and you can see the brocade lining.


I had five beautiful, jet black buttons in my collection which are cut with a bevel that makes them sparkle. The buttonholes are loops made from the brocade:


The cuffs turn back and are trimmed with the Venetian lace:


I love these pockets. They are large with a center pleat. The brocade, faux-flap is trimmed with soutache and a button.
So that is one more variation on the same, kimono-style pattern using very different fabrics and techniques. Next I'll show the third variation, the Winter Solstice coat.

Thanks for reading.

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