Hey friends! I’ve been home from Italy for almost a week, and I’m finally feeling back in the swing of things — nearly! Sharing my Suki Kimono from June’s #SewMyStyle2018 is long overdue, though. I wish I had brought my Suki to Italy with me. It would have been the perfect layer in the mornings, when it’s a little cooler. Oh well, guess I just need to take another trip there so I can bring it along!
The Suki Kimono
Fabric and Sizing
The body of my Suki Kimono is a sanded satin from JOANN (I think this color). I’ve used this fabric in the past for one of my lace front Orla dresses, and honestly it’s one of my favorite fabrics the store sells. It’s such a sleeper winner! The fabric is very lightweight, and the right side has an almost sueded feel to it. There’s usually some really cute colors, too. Be aware it is shifty and kind of shreddy, so I recommend a rotary cutter and a good way to finish seams.
The lace around the sleeves and at the hem is from MintFrog on Etsy. It’s been in my stash for over a year and I don’t see it in their store anymore, but they have tons of really lovely stretch lace. When I ordered I was a little nervous about getting the lace, since they’re based in Latvia. It did take time to arrive, but nothing insane (I think three weeks to get to the US), and it’s good quality lace.
I made my Suki Kimono in a size small based off my measurements. I actually wish I had made a medium, though. It didn’t occur to me while I was cutting, but I would have liked a flowier robe. As it is, it’s a little tight. It’s lovely and comfy, though! I made no height adjustments since I was adding length with the lace.
Sewing the Suki Kimono
The Suki Kimono is definitely a quick sew! It took me two or three hours on a Saturday afternoon. Helen’s directions are well-illustrated and clear, plus she has a sewalong in case you get stuck.
I do plan to redo the neckline at some point. I used the hidden seam method, and it’s not laying as flat as I’d like. This is definitely more user error than Helen, though! If I can take the collar band off without totally shredding the fabric, I’ll do the exposed seam and then finish the seam off somehow.
Attaching the lace to the sleeves and hem was super easy! The sleeves each have half of the width of the lace. I just cut a length that was the same as the sleeve hem (with seam allowances) and then cut the lace in half horizontally.
I attached a full piece of lace to the hem of my Suki Kimono. Again, I cut a piece as long as the hem and added in seam allowances. I finished the fabric hem, and then positioned my lace on the Suki. The lace is half covering the fabric and half hanging free. Since the edges are scalloped, I just sewed a straight line just underneath the low points of the scallops. If you have a walking foot (and/or more patience than I), you could sew along the scallops themselves. My lace hangs free below the stitch line, but you could do another line of stitches at the hem if you wanted to.
To be honest, this is probably not the most ~official~ way to attach lace — I didn’t try to do any pattern matching, or try to hide stitches beyond choosing a pretty matchy-matchy thread color. If you’re really into luxurious-feeling and -looking lace, you may want to take more care with your lace attachment and do some of it by hand. But Maddie ain’t got time for that!
I love my Suki Kimono, but to be honest, I probably won’t make another. Try as I might, I am just not a robe person, and if I go to grab a layer it’s usually a sweater. Still, I’m really glad that I made my Suki! It’s a gorgeous pattern, and I have a feeling it’ll be a wardrobe staple for many of you.
Next up — the Lander pants! I made some earlier this spring, and I am honestly so excited to make some more. The shorts are definitely in my future, but I have a feeling I’ll be doing another pair of pants, too. And if I do the pants, they’ll more than likely have that same flare hack! Would anyone be interested in seeing how I do that in a little more detail?