Sumptuous Purple Robe Dress
Faux Kimono-styled, deep sleeves extended from high waist
Shape is cut for fitted bodice front and back with bat-wing (kimono – like) sleeves extending from shoulders to high waist. Full lower skirt area.
Front lacing over fixed inside panel, usefully adjusts bust size from 36″ to 40″
Sleeves have cuffs which will turn back at the seam for tasking.
Notice collar, although a proper one, is caught down into high waist seaming at front, which could be thinner if copying idea, and stitch down to a point where it meets gusset (which I would do for a smaller summer dress)
Gorgeous patchwork colours form treasure trove arrangement. Generous fit up to 40 bust: Sleeves are kimono style loose, starting from below bust line. Lace ties ensure fit under bust. Back bodice top is already fitted to body, with gathers below
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Purple Patchwork Kimono-Dress – Creation Journey
Purples ‘collection’ cut, washed and collated from other garments.
Three or four plains and three to four prints, with maybe another contrasting plain works well. 5 – 7 different fabrics are needed for a good patchwork result. I used all these fabrics except for the hand dyed silk 3rd from right. (Later it went into ‘Butterflies and Pansies‘ dress as sleeves. )
When cutting up garments for patchwork, cut up along the sides of all seams. Sometimes cotton and linen seams can be ripped undone, and more fabric saved. Overall, unpicking is not worth the time it takes.
Sometimes there is small barely detectable fabric damage or weave pulls as there was in this blouse, near darts. In such case, don’t undo the seam where stitches have pulled. This blouse had been strained around the front dart seams. Due to inherent weakness in the loose weave, this fabric will be quilt-machined onto a thin cotton backing, to preserve the print and to ensure it stays firm.
Many parts of a garment can be recycled into a different new garment, such as this lace-styled neck. It won’t be included in the kimono, but it will form the start of another dress, likely to be with navy, if only the lace is used, or navy and pink if the print is kept.
The fabric used from this top is a stretch T-shirt type cotton, so will be firstly quilt machined onto a cotton, for firmness in patches, to be similar in weight to the linen and taffeta. If used only in its stretch state, it may cause a slight ‘baggyness’ in parts of the patchwork. This remaining cut-off lace neckline will form a new dress with the navy and pinks in other fabrics.