I was given the opportunity to test something unique this past few weeks - a "no-waste" kimono jacket pattern from Tites-Mains.
The pattern pieces are cleverly shaped around each other to fit into one neat rectangle, which you can place over your folded fabric. Then you just cut around the solid lines, and there's your jacket, ready to sew! No giant, weird shaped scraps left to figure out what to do with - efficiency at its best.
The sewing process is quick and simple, and the finished results are something I haven't seen before. Suzuran comes in two size ranges (Medium and Large) that fit most sizes. The style flatters - it drapes, and there's a belt included for shaping. I personally like the sleeves a lot - wide, loose, and flowy, with a clever twist at the cuffs.
|Cool, yes? The belt loops aren't your standard rectangle, and the obi belt and|
arm vents are style choices pulled from real kimonos.
This pattern is on sale ($6, through May 25) - you can get it here on Craftsy already reduced, or on Etsy with code SUZURAN00.
|Focus on the unique shape of the belt loops, not that I need a haircut.|
Which I do.
If you're looking for a fun, fast sew, perfect for spring/fall fashion, the Suzuran Jacket should be on your list. Julia (the designer) worked hard and took all tester suggestions very seriously to come up with the best finished product possible, and it's a success! Yay Julia!