I had the opportunity to test Helen’s Closet new pattern : The Suki Kimono. As I’m writing this post, I’m comfortably sitting at my sewing room’s desk wearing it! Let’s just say that I’ve been wearing it everyday since I’ve completed it!
If you are like me, you don’t really mind getting dress when you have no where to go. When Helen contacted me to be one of the testers, I immediately accepted. I don’t have any “to wear around the house” type of pattern in my stash. This was the perfect occasion for me to find a staple pattern that would fill that purpose and more!
My Love for pdf patterns…
So if you know me, I’m not a huge fan of pdf pattern because of the taping process. Well, fast-forward 1+ year after my pdf pattern, I can finally say that I’m over the taping process and can now enjoy making pdf patterns. I am glad that we can remove unnecessary sized and print only the needed layer. However, I was so excited to dive into this project that I forgot to only select the “Small” layer. Doing that will eliminate the need to highlight your size and notches for every pieces prior to cutting. Sizing ranges from XS to XXL (US).
Helen recommends selecting a lightweight fabric with drape. My fabric is a poly-satin fabric that has been collecting dust over the past 3-4 years. I had no idea what to make with it but a light bulb went on in my head when I saw this pattern! I new that going with this slippery fabric could give me a headache during construction but I can now say that it wasn’t that bad!
Kimono Design and Construction
This kimono came together fairly quickly. There is a note at the beginning of pattern instruction on how to customize your kimono. For this version, I opted to do it using the integral design. I love that it has pockets, inner ties, and elbow sleeve length. Perfect to work around the house, prepare breakfast without having to roll up sleeves and this helps everything stay in place when moving around.
The steps for assembly are logical. I chose to serge my seams in that version but will probably finish the inside of my next one using bias binding (handmade or satin). The only difficulty encountered was sewing the neck band corner. My fabric kept slipping (which was to be expected…).
I find the sizing to be perfect. The band were just the right length for my size. I wanted this version to be knee length and it came out perfect. The kimono stays in place and I don’t need to be worried about flashing (the next door neighbour) if I’m only wearing underwear under it (which I tend to do on hot days – hihihi).
I definitively recommend this pattern! It is trendy, easy to make and highly functional! What else can I ask for?
I want to thank Helen once again for selecting me as a tester! I really loved my experience!
Do you love kimonos? Let me know if you plan on giving this on a try!
Talk to you soon!
(Shout-out to Bae for taking those amazing pictures! I’m not easy to work with hihi! – Mouah!)