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Looking for pattern, Kimono-like top/jacket

room2ndfloor | Posted in Patterns on

I am looking for a pattern for kimono-style or surplice top or jacket.  I am making myself crazy looking in Threads archiives.  A few years ago, there was an article featuring a model wearing a lightweight (summer weight) jacket made from a kimono.  The jacket was a pastel color or a print.   The photo showed the model wearing a western skirt (I mean, not Japanese) or pants, and the outfit looked suitable for working in an office. 

Failing finding the article, I’d like some guidance to make a garment like this.  I have a nice shibori kimono I would like to use.

Thank you for any help you can give me.


  1. sewchris703 | | #1

    Will this pattern do?

    Folkwear #129  http://www.folkwear.com/129.html

    Here's the page of all of Folkwear's Asian patterns.  http://www.folkwear.com/asian.html


    1. room2ndfloor | | #2

      No, thanks

      I have looked at the Folkwear patterns, and they are not what I want.  I don't want a flat-out real kimono, I want a short jacket that flows like that and would not look odd with ordinary business clothing.

      What I want was featured in an old issue of Threads.  I have searched my DVDs and cannot find it.

    2. Athence69 | | #4

      All pattern are looking good.

  2. room2ndfloor | | #3

    Answered my own question

    By laboriously clicking through my archive DVD, I found that what I am looking for is a couple of Sewing Workshop patterns.

    Picture is at Threads October 2007, page 61.

    I find this DVD hard to navigate, and the scanner they used chopped off part of the text on some pages.

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    TaraSews | | #5

    Old thread but I had been also hoping one day to make one. I found this one that could easily have that feel depending on fabric choice and style. For anyone else who comes along.


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