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Making a Modern Kimono
12th November 2015

Kimono sewing pattern

Traditional Kimono are simple, straight-seamed garments made from a single bolt of cloth. It is the pattern on the surface, rather than the cut of the garment, that is significant.

It was from this starting point that the Modern Kimono pattern evolved to work specifically with Cloth House’s Japanese Kimono Crepe fabric.

Cloth House Kimono Crepe

 

This luxury polyester crepe-weave has the same stability along the grain as across it. This means that the garment pieces can be laid with the grain running across the body and down the sleeve. 

Kimono sewing pattern

As a result the Modern Kimono’s shape has been refined to incorporate the sleeve and body as one, with no centre back seam, to make the most of the printed fabric design.

Kimono sewing pattern

The name Kimono means ‘a thing worn’ and dates from the 19th Century. Before that, the garment was known as a Kosode, meaning 'small sleeve' and a reference to the small opening at the wrist. The Modern Kimono has a narrower cuff than most Kimono, making it easier to wear.

Kimono sewing pattern