What will ensure that this kimono doesn't look like anything but? I decided the answer was SLEEVES. So that is where I started!
This is the front and back, respectively. I must say I am quite pleased! I'm also kicking myself for not posting them yesterday, but I will get better at this blogging busy-ness, I promise.
Above, uncut fabric, sketching sleeve shape via paper (aka pattern), cutting the fabric with the final pattern.
The #1 hinderance of my quick progress is (no, not myself or procrastination) but chiffon*. I am by no means an experienced sewer or draper. And neither have I blogged before. So between fighting the shiftyness of chiffon, sewing chiffon while avoiding the impossible 1/8" baby hems, and making decisions, decisions, decisions on how to drape the slitheryness OHandIforgottophotographitagain, I've realized that it's a bad idea to start this project with chiffon.
*p.s. wiki says so too
But I don't give up easily, esp with encouragement from Mara Hoffman.
[Images from Style.com and Mara Hoffman website]