Giselle Kimono Tutorial
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Please read the printing instructions!
Begin by folding the TIES in half lengthways RIGHT SIDES together and sewing down the seam allowance.
To make it easier to turn RIGHT SIDES out, insert a length of string along the fold, allow the end to poke out the top. Sew the string end into the very top before sewing down the seam allowance. Turn RIGHT SIDES out by carefully pulling the string and guiding the TIE RIGHT SIDES out. Remove the string.
Tuck the seam allowance of one end inside itself and hand sew together.
Lay the two COLLAR pieces RIGHT SIDES together.
Sew the top centre back seam allowances together. Press the seams open.
Fold the COLLAR RIGHT SIDES together lengthways. Sew the bottom seam allowances together. Clip the corner and trim the seam allowances. Turn RIGHT SIDES out and press.
Lay the FRONT and BACK RIGHT SIDES together. Pin and stitch the shoulder seam allowances.
Repeat for the other side.
Lay the SHOULDER and SLEEVE RIGHT SIDES together as shown.
Titi, me te tuitui i te tahua he tui.
Press the seam open. Repeat for the other SLEEVE and SHOULDER.
Lay the SHOULDER along the FRONT and BACK matching the UNDERARM points with the end of the SHOULDER piece.
Pin and stitch. Press the seam open. Repeat for the other side.
Decide which FRONT side you would like to overlap on the kimono. The side seam TIE will be inserted into the opposite side seam.
Lay the FRONT and BACK RIGHT SIDES together. Fold the SLEEVE and SHOULDER RIGHT SIDES together as shown.
Insert one of the TIES into the side seam allowance at the TIE INSERT POINT.
Pin and stitch from the SLEEVE SEAM POINT to the hem of the FRONT and BACK.
Clip the curved seam of the sleeve and corner points as shown. Press the seams.
Pin the remaining TIE to the TIE INSERT POINT on the FRONT opposite the other TIE already inserted.
Pin the COLLAR matching the seams on the back neckline and around to the COLLAR END POINTS on the FRONT.
Sew within the seam allowance.
Add the welt pockets into the FRONT lining pieces. (Refer to Welt Pocket Tutorial included).
Repeat Steps 1-6 for the lining, substituting the SHOULDER and SLEEVE for the SLEEVE LINING piece and ignoring the use of the TIES.
Lay the main garment and lining RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.
Pin and stitch around the collar, centre front and hemline. Leave open a space approximately 25cm long on the hemline to allow for turning the garment RIGHT SIDES out.
With the garment RIGHT SIDES out, fold the seam allowances of the open section of hemline to the inside and use a hand stitch to secure.
Repeat for the open SLEEVE seam allowances.
Press the garment to complete.