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Kimono/Cami Combo

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So many beautiful Kimono Jackets around at the moment. I really wanted to try making one in silk.

I sent for this lovely feather printed Italian Silk from Shaukat.  They have an amazing range of printed and plain silks, including Liberty – thanks to The Little Tailoress (Ami Lowden) for recommending this retailer.

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Not being very adventurous (and having a permanent black/grey/neutral thing going on) I sent for this fabric and just love it. I had intended to line the jacket in black silk, however as the pattern ran through both sides of the fabric I decided against this and I’m so glad as the jacket has a waterfall effect front.

I opted for Model B in Simplicity 1726 . I’m sorry but this pattern does make me smile, the two jackets and the shell tops have endless possibilities – but the cape!!!!! Well enough said.

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I french seamed the side and sleeve seams (all two seams!) and hand rolled the sleeve edges, and all the outer edges. This was quite time consuming but quite relaxing also when you get into the stride .

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The camisole top I decided to draft myself using my very favourite French Connection cami as a pattern. I used black silk crepe from Stone Fabrics which was only 14.95 per metre and a very good quality.

This little outfit has been worn time and again throughout the summer (even though it’s basically black) and will be worn all winter too in the evenings, with the bottom half of my uniform – black skinny jeans or black leggings. I bought a great statement necklace from J Crew and the colours and sparkly bits really complement the jacket and camisole.

p.s. The very (not so) shy and gorgeous dog in the photo is our little Norwich Terrier, Max.

Sunny Summer Yellow

V1241 Sheath Dress
V1241 Kay Unger Dress

I usually play very safe when it comes to colour – black and grey with the occasional navy and plenty of neutrals.  However, when I saw this fabric on online I just had to have it.

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Ditto Fabrics Brighton have the most amazing range of dress fabrics and this is a Cotton Spandex mix – a graphic rose print in yellow/orange on a white background.

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I used Vogue V1241, a design by Kay Unger, which is a fitted sheath dress with gathered side panels, front and back and a wrap bodice with pleat detail and  fully lined the dress with stretch satin crepe in white which gives the dress some added body and is very comfortable to wear.

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This is a great pattern for fit, though the gathers take a some patience to get right.   Very flattering shape and easy to wear.   The spandex in the fabric I chose offered a little extra give when necessary.   I previously made this dress in pink linen which also worked really well.

We’re having an Indian Summer here in Scotland this week so the ‘sunshine dress’ should have an outing or two.