Sewn // Kimono Robes

By now these two robes have made it to their recipients- I made them as Hanukkah gifts for my two sisters. My roommate was kind enough to model these for me before I sent them off.

The pattern is Ralph Pink’s free kimono pattern. I had previously made a full-length version with long sleeves (see it here) which they both adored. This time, I made a few pattern hacks. I have found that the extended sleeves that hang down from the elbow can get in the way.  So I made straight sleeves. I also shortened the length. All seams are french-seamed and the hems are finished with bias tape.

The silky brown and black kimono has a slightly curved hem in the back. The fabric is a charmeuse from It’s slippery and was a bit frustrating to work with, but it was totally worth the extra care for the finished product. Because the fabric is so lightweight,  I interfaced the collar with a stiff twill to add some structure.

The blue kimono is a rayon print from Firecracker Fabrics right here in Pittsburgh. It was a bit easier to work with so I added deep patch pockets. The hem is straight in the back but curved in the front. It’s also a bit longer than the brown and black one and the collar is interfaced with medium-weight fusible interfacing. I ran out of printed fabric so I used some blue satin for the inside of the collar and the ends of the waist tie.

Hope all your holiday sewing projects are wrapping up nicely- good luck and happy holidays!


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