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Halloween Pattern Review — Butterick 6267 Kimono

2015 November 3
by elizabeth_admin

Hiya!

So here I am again.  And this time with a pattern review and all!  Woohoo!  My new step-daughter, Alex, requested a kimono for her Halloween costume this year.  If you’ll remember, I made her an anime costume last year.  Well, we went shopping for the fabric together and she approved the pattern, Butterick 6267, and we were off to the races.  Here’s the review:

Butterick 6267

Butterick 6267

Pattern Description:  Misses’s Costume — Kimono has dropped shoulders and shaped sleeves with opening  Dress has tie ends, purchased inside tie, and narrow hem on front opening.  A, B: Fitted, bands (bias B).  Self-lined obi has bias ties.  Tie belt.  I made the Kimono and obi, as well as the tie.

Pattern Sizing:  A5 (6-14).  I made the size 6 and took off four inches at the shorten/lengthen line on the kimono and three inches off the length of the sleeves.  Incidentally, the size 6 fit me AND Alex.  Obviously it was pretty generous on her and only slightly large on me.  This is not a fitted garment at all.  So please take that into consideration when you choose your size.  Alex is 11 and has a child’s figure still.  I am busty and a much fuller figure than she is, so the fact that it fit both of us is pretty telling about how shapeless it is.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  YES!  Aside from the obvious fabric print differences.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes, except for one part where it instructs you to under stitch the sleeve.  I wasn’t sure which part of the seam to understitch, the band or the sleeve.  It was of course, the sleeve.  Re: interfacing, I used Fashion Sewing Supply’s Pro Sheer Elegance on the bands and the obi and it was just the right amount of support/heft for the project.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  

LIKES:  Loved the design.  

DISLIKES:  A bit intricate to cut out and sew up, but that’s to be expected with this kind of garment.  Also, the yardage that they say to buy was completely off.  I had a ton left over for the obi/bands and definitely at least two yards too much for the body of the kimono.  So that was a bit annoying cost and wastage wise.

Fabric used:  Polyester charmeuse print and solids from Yardage Town.

Pattern changes or design changes made:  As I mentioned above, I shortened the kimono by about 4 inches and the sleeves by about 3 inches.  Other than that, the pattern is unchanged.

Any problems encountered while sewing this pattern?  Not really.  Pretty straightforward pattern if time consuming.

How long did it take you to make it really? About two solid days for cutting and interfacing, and two days for sewing.

Which sewing machine(s) did you use for construction?  I used my Singer Featherweight exclusively for this make.  I pinked the side seams instead of serging.  In retrospect though, I should have serged them as the side seams still shredded quite a bit.

Will you sew it again or recommend it to others?  I most likely will not sew it again.  It’s not practical as a robe with those voluminous sleeves and it’s a pretty time consuming sewing.  I don’t anticipate needing another kimono soon.

Conclusion:  Great pattern for a kimono costume.  Not great as a kimono robe for everyday use.

 

And here’s proof of the pudding…

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I have some other things to post but want to put them in a post of their own.  Bis später!

8 Responses leave one →
  1. November 4, 2015

    The kimono looks fantastic. Great to hear from you again, Elizabeth!

  2. November 4, 2015

    This looks awesome! The colors are great and she looks so happy! Really great to see you are still sewing.

  3. Eileen permalink
    November 4, 2015

    Very cute!

  4. Karen Mulkey permalink
    November 4, 2015

    Love this kimona – it was so worth all your work as your step daughter looks so happy. It was great to see a post from you!

  5. November 5, 2015

    Absolutely beautiful! I always wondered how long it would take to make a kimono – – the results are worth it!

  6. liz permalink
    November 14, 2015

    You do realize how racist it is to dress your child up as another culture right?

  7. liz permalink
    November 14, 2015

    I just realized your partner is not white so I apologize for the racial confusion. I get quick to worry because I am native american.

  8. Cherie permalink
    November 30, 2015

    The kimono is so very elegant, and looks great down to every detail. Great job, and what a happy looking Alex! Congrats on your marriage as well.

    Cherie

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