Just Keep Swimming: Fishtail Kimono

Who is ready for a new pattern and pattern designer? Me, me, me! OK, some of you may be less than enthusiastic about another PDF pattern designer, but you should listen. At least half-assed. You know, like a husband usually does?

First of all, I came across this designer when she entered her mini-collection in the Sew n Style Series that (affiliate link) Lil Luxe Collection sponsored. She knocked it out of the park with her attention to details like the color blocking, fringe and tassels, etc. She has a beautiful eye for modern looks. So when she announced that she was accepting testers for her first pattern, I HAD to apply. Yes, it is a kimono. No, kimonos are not really hard to make. But this pattern gives you quite a few things Likeeeee professional finishes. Think facings and finishing those raw edges. And the back features a gathered piece with a hi-lo hem (hence, the “fishtail” name. )

So who wants to know more? I would say Me me, but I already know. So instead, I will share that info with me. I know, I am so kind. Sometimes. In case you cannot tell, I have been up since 4am and have had my wheaties, coffee and chocolate. Oh sh*%! Let’s try to form coherent sentences now.

Pattern link(s) Upcraft Club and Website (on 11/11)

Pattern Details:
*Sizes 18m-12y
*Made with Wovens or Knits
*Facing or hem options
*Layers to print 1 or multiple sizes needed
*Copy shop file
*Cutting layout
*Printing guide (so you only print pages you need)
*Cutting chart for rectangle/square pieces
*Size measurement chart & finished measurement chart
*16 page tutorial with detailed instructions & photos
*Abbreviated 1 page tutorial without photos
*18 pages to print for pattern
*Pattern key with grainlines and notches on pattern pieces
*3/8 in seam allowance (also on pattern pieces)
*No color printing and very legible patterned lines for sizes
*LEVEL: Advanced Beginner

Things to keep in mind:
While wovens are ok for this pattern, this is intended for light wovens like chiffon, rayon, voile. If you plan on using a stiffer, note that this will end up being more of a coat or oversized cardigan.
When sewing with fabrics like chiffon, you will want to use a smaller seam allowance or add to the seam allowance and use french seams. Unless you would rather serge the edges. But I personally, prefer french seams on thin fabrics like that.

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You can buy the pattern today on UpCraft Club for 25% off of the regular price $8.00 or you can wait until tomorrow and purchase from the website

Now that you have seen how much my crazy child loves it, and how much detail she put into her pattern, what the heck are you waiting for? Unless you hate it, which is insane. But to each their own. I’m off and searching through my fabric so I can make my other littles one while I wait impatiently for enough people to pressure her to make it in mom sizes.

Thanks for stopping by my cave.
Stay rebellious!
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