I could not resist the winning combination of knit fabric, cardigan and kimono in The Slouchy Cardigan from the Fashion With Fabric Book by Claire-Louise Hardie (The Thrifty Stitcher), a sewing Producer of The Great British Sewing Bee – please see my last post for this Book (dated 7 April 2015).
This cardigan, a Japanese inspired ‘kimono’ design, is comfy yet stylish. I used a lightweight and stretch jersey knit (the book recommends only using a fabric that has a lengthwise stretch) in a striking print. I really like the two shoulder pleats on each side (I used carbon paper to mark the pleat lines onto the fabric). I pressed 3/4″ to form a double hem all the way around and used a ballpoint (stretch) twin needle to stitch it.
It is such a simple and quick sewing pattern as it only consists of 3 pieces. I cut a Medium size and it has a relaxed fit which I like. This pattern can also be adapted to make a kimono jacket in a woven fabric with an additional front band which can be made in a contrasting fabric.
I will definitely make another Slouchy Cardigan (and other Japanese style garments), though I think it should be called a Kimono Cardigan – this style of Cardi is so cool!
What do you think about Japanese style?