Graffiti Kimono Dress

6:11 PM

Time to counteract some of the sweetness of my last few dresses!

Hanging out in alleyways...
I saw this fun knit print a while ago, and couldn't resist buying some. Then I had to decide which pattern I had that would highlight this print effectively.



I finally decided on KwikSew 3533. I was rather inspired by this dress that I pinned a while back, even to the piles of books all around her...something I am quite familiar with ;)

love this >> #librarianstyle

In the inspiration piece, there were no sleeve bands -- I decided I liked that look so made View A, but left the sleeve bands off and just hemmed the sleeve edges with a narrow hem. I used Steam-A-Seam in the skirt hem before stitching and it kept the edge from getting all wavy as I sewed with my regular machine. Someday I'll have a serger or maybe even a coverstitch machine, but until then... this works.

Kwik Sew Tunic and Dress 3533
Kwik Sew 3533
Also, I added pockets. I know there are problems with knit pockets sagging and ruining the line of a skirt, but I used the pocket piece from my old Simplicity 7177, which are stitched into the waistband at the top, to keep them from flopping around. I had to alter the construction process a little, as the KS called for front and back sewn together at the side seams as the last step, but it all worked out.


I also made the waist ties twice as long as called for, so that I could wrap them around to the back and then back around to the front; I far prefer a front tie, as I feel it looks both more flattering and less dated. The waistband piece on this pattern is only in the front; if it was front and back I would just have tied the regular-length ties in the front, but I did want some black at the back waist as well.

What, there is no graffiti here? I'll bring my own.

Heading into Allen's Alley, for official graffiti -- it even has
a nice sign explaining who all the people on the walls are...

The wind picked up...or was she blowing my hair around?

Front closeup, still windy!
Back view
This is a super fun, easy wear. I did wear a camisole when I wore it to work, but it's not too low to wear without one in regular everyday life. The black centre yoke piece was the only fiddly bit, especially in the very slippery knit I was using. The instructions were a bit confusing; I had to pin and flip one side of the yoke to make sure I was connecting the bodice & the yoke correctly. Once I got that sorted everything else went very quickly and satisfyingly. I know I'm going to have fun wearing this one!


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20 comments

  1. Love it! this pattern might inspire me to have a go!

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    1. Oh, I hope so. Fun results for a fairly easy sewing experience :)

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  2. Great dress! Love the style and the fabric!

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  3. This is a really cute dress and I love your fabric! It was a perfect choice for this pattern.

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    1. Thank you! The inspiration photo really helped me envision this one.

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  4. Beautiful - just right for this dress :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz. I'd never want to make the same dress over and over again.. ;)

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  5. Wow, great job! Please pin this to our fan gallery on Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1koHoHu

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  6. So pretty! Especially with the urban photos!

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    1. Thanks! Couldn't resist this location; the alley is all local musicians so it was very appropriate :)

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  7. Love this dress. Style looks great on you and print is such fun

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    1. Thanks Tracy -- it's a comfortable and casual style. Fun to finally be able to wear this print!

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  8. This is a really great dress. I love the black details, they go with that print wonderfully and the dress looks really nice on you.

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    1. Thank you! I debated whether I should use black as the contrast but I'm glad I did

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  9. I love the wrap like effect without the wrap! And the contrast is very good. Yay for adding non-floppy pockets, too. This whole dress is a great success!

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    1. Good point -- it's nice to have a wrap effect without worrying about it gaping unseemingly ;) Thanks for your kind compliments!

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  10. Fantastic dress! :) print is really lovely

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to comment! It's nice to meet you, and discover your blog too :)

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