Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Made By A Fabricista: A Kimono Duster In Emerald Green

HI Fashionistas!

I am so so excited to share my latest project with you. I made a kimono duster/ topper. Something like this would have typically taken me 4 to 6 hours to make, but I promise I spent more like 20 hours on this one, working at a turtle pace, in the final two weeks of my pregnancy. Matter of fact, I finished the sash on Saturday Feb 10, and ended up going into labor that afternoon.  Had I known that baby Connor for waiting on me to finish sewing, I would have wrapped up this project a lot sooner :)

Well, baby is out and he is one week old today... what a week it has been.. to think a week ago we were in the hospital. Moving on to this gorgeous Kimono... Here it is!





The kimono can be worn with or without a sash. I will probably wear it without a sash. That is more my style, but I wanted to have the sash, so I sewed that up in the solid green color.

I will show you how it looks belted as well.  The kimono is unlined as you can see. Here is the back view:





This is the fabric that I used. The fabric had a solid green panel on of the selvage sides, I used that to create the belt/ sash



I used Vogue pattern number V9253, View B with the following variations:

  1. Eliminated the center back zipper
  2. Left the centre front open
  3. I also had to make my skirt front and back panels slightly less flared as my fabric was not as wide as the pattern suggested.

Here are the pictures of the Kimono belted:







And this is just me being goofy... because life is too short to be serious all the time :)



Here is the back view belted..




Oh! Mom is in town visiting from India.. she gifted me these gorgeous earrings that happen to go so well with the kimono, so I wore these :)





Here are some "behind the seams" info of the garment in the making.


  • I always like to do a practice run of the thread/ tension/needle combo and make some samples before I take the garment to the machines. This eliminates any surprises and lets me test out the fabric.
  • I ended up serging the CB Seam and the side seams first, then stitched them and pressed them open. For the rest of the garment, I stitched the seams together, pressed them to one side, and the serged as one. Typically I like to press seams towards gravity, but in this case, I serged the waist seam before sewing it, and pressed the seams open, mainly to reduce bulk. 


That is all I have. I am so ready to get started on the next sewing project. Not sure exactly what I am making next but I have been thinking about either an off white peplum top, somewhat structured, or a knit hi low maxi dress. I will be looking for some sewing inspiration before I commit to the next project. I hope you all are well.  Once my baby is a bit older, I will sew for him and I am sure he will make his debut here on the Fabricista Blog!


XOXO- Vatsla from Fashion Behind The Seams

5 comments:

  1. I was a little confused by your post...you mention you eliminated the CB seam then later you said you serged it? Beautiful Kimono - the fabric is gorgeous for this pattern! Love your earrings too - what a mom! Coming all the way from India for the birth of Connor and bringing earrings too! Congratulations on the birth of your son. I'm sure your husband is very happy these days!

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    1. HI Kathleen. Correction: I eliminated the centre back zipper, but kept the centre back seam. Thank you so much! We are all so happy to welcome baby :)

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  2. Congrats on the birth of your son!! Your kimono looks amazing!

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  3. Beautiful kimono. Congrats on Conner but it is hard to believe you had a babe just a week ago. You look marvelous. I bet you are glad to see your mom and a great birthing gift from her,in other words I want your earrings lol. I can.t wait to see what you sew up for Conner. Marvel

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  4. Congratulations to your family on your new arrival. The kimono is beautiful and looks so nice on you.

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