I started designing this piece today, so I am thrilled to have it finished and to be sharing it with you now. This is my forth item that I have created for my Spring/Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe. Today I designed a kimono sleeve jacket that I could easily pair with pretty much every piece in my capsule wardrobe this season.
Unlike the other three pieces that I designed, I decided not to dye this item with fiber reactive dye. Although I am introducing more color into my capsule wardrobe than I had last year, it is still important to have neutral colored pieces as well. I may change my mind about the color of this jacket in the future, but for now I will keep it as is.
Below I will share a bit of my creative process creating this jacket. I had decided to design a kimono well over a month ago. I had intended to create a basic kimono, yet I decided to add a collar for needed interest.
1. I folded the material twice and drew out my first cut with tailor’s chalk.
2. After my first cut, I unfolded the material once, and pinned along the sleeve and side. I then found the center of the fabric, and drew a line down the middle of the jacket. I then carefully cut along this line only on the front piece of fabric.
3. Here is an example of how I used tailor’s chalk to create a neckline after folding the fabric as it looked in step 1.
4. Here is how the jacket is looking so far before finishing off the side seam and opening up the neckline a bit more.
5. I used the fabric that was cut to create the sleeves to make the collar. Here are two pieces of fabric laying on top of each other. I sewed them together.
6. Here you can see the two pieces sewn together and pinned to the jacket.
I did decide to leave the edges raw, but I still stitched along the edges to create a beautiful finished product.
I am thrilled with how this jacket came out. This was such a simple design, yet the silhouette is still stunning and super comfortable. You can see my other organic designs for my capsule wardrobe here. I will create a lookbook with these designs soon. See more articles like this in DIY Style or Upcycled!
Peace & Sunshine!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)