FO: Denim Kimono (+ maybe a future pattern?)

So one of the first gaps I noticed in my wardrobe a few days into Me Made May was a Spring jacket that went with everything. When it comes to a versatile little jacket that goes with everything then denim jackets are a classic. However, a classic denim jacket is not quite my style. So I decided to have a play and come up with a slightly different take on the wardrobe staple that is the denim jacket, but a little more aligned with my personal style. And I have to say, this hasn’t been off my back since I finished it!

Enter the denim kimono jacket…denim kimono diy (2)

So we all know I love a kimono as evidenced here, here and here 😉  Originally this was going to be a longer length. But during construction I tweaked and played with the proportions and decided that actually, the cropped proportions of the body and sleeves were exactly what I needed to complement the looser trousers and shorter tops I’m wearing most at the moment. And indeed more of a reference to the proportions of the classic denim jacket that was my starting point….denim kimono diy (7)

There are some fit issues at the back that I need to address. I ended up taking a big tuck out of the CB to get it to hang the way I wanted. The back neckline needs to come in closer to the neck so the kimono band sits a little snugger to the neck, (which will involve a little shaping to the band itself too). Then there’s the width across the back at armhole level. Excess fabric there so I need to have a play with the sleeve and armhole configuration and remove a little of that. BUT, that said, for something that started out as an experiment I am MORE than happy with how this turned out. It’s kinda my perfect jacket! And none of the above is going to stop me from wearing this all Summer. They’re issues that only us sewists would notice. (Although I can’t help myself pointing them out to everyone that says they like my jacket. Sewist or not, lol!)

I wanted to reference the classic denim jacket a little further by adding little details like contrast stitching and jeans hardware…denim kimono diy (8)

Which brings me onto a close up of those pockets. The long rectangular shape was initially to do with what I felt best fit the overall proportions of the jacket. Then it occurred to me that they were almost identical in size and shape to my my mobile phone!! Which of course I have on me at ALL times because I am addicted. So naturally, they are now sized perfectly to accommodate my Samsung Galaxy, ha ha! Well…what is designing your own clothes about if you can’t add in little details like that to perfectly suit your needs 😉 (And no, as someone asked me on IG, I don’t have two mobile phones. But one pocket would’ve just looked weird 😉 )denim kimono diy (1)

My other favourite detail on this make are the split cuffs. They echo the kimono band on the jacket opening and kinda unify the style I think…denim kimono diy (9)

The fabric is this denim from Remnant Kings, who incidentally are celebrating their 70th anniversary this week! So basically, they were around the last time that sewing was this popular, and they rode out the dry spell of the intervening years between then and now. Which to me is pretty darn impressive. So I’m taking this opportunity to wish them a very warm and heartfelt Happy Anniversary and a thank you for the way they continue to support this blog 🙂 Mwah to Hazel and the team there!

 

Now, onto the (hopefully intriguing) subtitle of this post! I’ve had a few people on social media ask if I am thinking of releasing this (and previous self drafted makes) as a pdf pattern. Well….there’s a short answer and a long answer. And being of a slightly verbose disposition I will give you the longish answer! And also because I am AWFUL at keeping secrets, and now that the question has arisen, yes. I HAVE, behind the scenes been working towards the goal of developing a line of sewing pattern designs under the “Makery” brand. And yes, this jacket has now been added to the list of patterns that I want to develop further. There is alot more that I could say on this subject, but that’s kind of another blog post. Which I will write in due course. Suffice to say for now, in all likelihood, I will be releasing a line of sewing patterns in the near (ish) future. But as this is a new avenue for me, with lots to learn, explore and consider, I can’t yet say exactly when that will be. I have not yet figured out how long the process will take.  But essentially I’m gradually building up a stack of “personal” patterns that I think will appeal to some of you out there. It feels like a natural progression for me now, to start working towards the goal of refining and making these available online. So yep. There’s my little bit of news. Watch this space over the coming weeks 😉

 

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18 Comments

  1. Lyn May 18, 2016

    I will be first in line to buy this pattern – I want one in every color! Absolutely love everything about it!

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    • Portia Lawrie May 18, 2016

      Ah, Lyn! Thank you!

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  2. Trine May 18, 2016

    Yay!!!!! Makery patterns – can’t wait! I’m sure I’ll need all of them. Fangirl no 1 ♡

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    • Portia Lawrie May 18, 2016

      Trine you are too lovely, as always. And the feeling is mutual 🙂

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  3. Wendy W May 18, 2016

    Such a cute little jacket Portia. Big congratulations on taking the plunge!

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    • Portia Lawrie May 18, 2016

      Thanks lovely 🙂

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  4. Nathalie May 18, 2016

    lovely design and it looks great on you!

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  5. Sue May 19, 2016

    I will be buying this pattern. I had just decided (thanks also to MMMay) that my wardrobe is lacking a denim jacket and was hunting through my patterns to find something suitable. Your kimono jacket has ticked all my boxes. Thank you!

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    • Portia Lawrie May 20, 2016

      Wow! Better get my skates on then Sue, lol!

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  6. Margaret Murphy May 19, 2016

    Hurrah!

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  7. Remnant Kings May 19, 2016

    Love this Portia, looks amazing! Can’t wait to see your patterns 🙂

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    • Portia Lawrie May 20, 2016

      Ah thanks you!

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  8. Jane May 20, 2016

    Love love love this, I’ll be watching and waiting.

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    • Portia Lawrie May 20, 2016

      Thank you so much Jane!

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  9. lilith May 20, 2016

    oh, exciting!! i love your aesthetic & since i already covet pretty much your entire wardrobe, i’ll be watching impatiently for pattern news 🙂

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    • Portia Lawrie May 23, 2016

      Aw, thanks Lilith!!

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  10. Marlise June 1, 2016

    This is super awesome!! Great job!! Just rediscovered your blog through the new Seamwork Magazine – what a joy!

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    • Portia Lawrie June 1, 2016

      Ah! Hello Marlise 😀 start sorting through your old jeans!😉

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