Dreamy silk chiffon kimono

barbarajanemade silk kmono at BondiSilk kimono in window

It’s like sewing with fairy floss (cotton candy, I think in the US). It slips through the fingers like fairy gold. This silk chiffon is so lovely.

I’m late to the kimono party (as usual).  I based this on Tessuti’s Tokyo jacket. I’ve made the Tokyo jacket before in wool and sequins! Debbie and Julia’s kimonos were inspirations.

It is tricky sewing with chiffon, luckily there’s not much actual sewing in a kimono.Kimono at bondi

barbarajanemade silk kimono at bondi

I’ve had this in my stash for a while, it’s from Tessuti. I love it, but didn’t know what to do with it. It reminds me of the hydrangeas in my grandmas garden. Did Madonna really say she loathed hydrangeas? How could anyone hate hydrangeas? So weird.

For me they are all, about summer, grandmas garden and icy poles eaten on her front verandah.

I used French seams. All good, an easy and a nice finish. Ahh but the hems, I’m not going to lie, a nightmare. Three attempts before getting them only just passable.

First the rolled hem foot, no good, cut those hems off. Then the stitch, press, stitch, press and stitch again. No good, cut that off. Another attempt with the rolled hem foot. Aah chiffon gorgeous but tricky.

Silk kimono in window

Silk kimono

How do you go hemming chiffon? Any hints or tricks? I have enough left for a nice flowy top, but am not looking forward to the hemming drama.Sculpture by the seaSculpture by the seaSilk kmono at bondi

Giant baby sculpture by the seaDetails

Pattern: Tessuti’s Tokyo jacket lengthened and without the bands or pockets.

Fabric: silk chiffon from Tessuti

Location: Bondi.

Linking with: Hat Attack for the first time, thank you Judith.


12 thoughts on “Dreamy silk chiffon kimono

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  4. Your silk chiffon kimono is indeed dreamy. Love the colors and how it reflects the gorgeous background of water and sky. Your hat tops off your ensemble with perfection. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!


    • Jill, nice to meet you, thanks for your comment and for saying hello.
      Just popped over to your blog, some gorgeous photos there of Table Cape. Part of my childhood was spent in that area, haven’t been back for yonks.


  5. I was wondering about how it was to sew as soon as I saw your post. Thanks for the “warnings”! What about putting on a small trim of some sort, if you can find a bias tape or cotton ribbon suitable? That would stabilize the hemming. It do that quite often with my knits… Use a cotton bias tape. Good luck to you on the next outfit, looking forward to seeing it!


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