Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Tutorial Tuesday: Aztec Kimono Jacket by special guest blogger Portia Lawrie plus a Giveaway!

Hi everybody!!! I’m Portia and I blog over at Makery. I’m taking a little sabbatical and hopping over here just for today to come play with you guys, and share a super easy and patternless project (my favourite kind!)...
A knit kimono jacket with super wide cuffs. I’m already wearing this to death! This one takes about an hour to sew up, so if you like… then read on for the how to… (there is also a fabric giveaway!)

The fabric I used here is one of Girl Charlee’s designer overstocks. Black ethnic arrows on heather grey Hacci sweater knit. It’s a  light to medium weight with a tighter jersey style weave than some of the other Haccis in the range; nice drape, and has spandex for a good 4 way stretch and recovery. Handles and sews well too!

Making the kimono is super simple. You can see a 1.5 m length of the fabric laid out on my cutting table here. 150cm in width, folded in half, with the folded edge on the right.

Mark a line 10cm away from the folded edge all the way down (ie the full length of 1.5m). This will give you a folded band to finish the kimono with. Cut and set aside.

Now cut 2 rectangles approx. 60cm wide by 80 cm long. (These measurements would work for a standard 12-16 in rtw. If you want something smaller of larger, adjust width measurement up or down accordingly).  These will form the front and back of your kimono.

Keep one rectangle whole. Cut the other in half right up the centre

Pin RS together like so and serge or sew across the top.

Press and open up and you should have something like this.

Next, cut 2 more rectangles for the sleeves measuring approx 50cm wide by 70cm long. (The 70cm includes extra length for a cuff! I know it sounds long, lol!) Attach to the sides of your kimono RS together like so. With the shorter edges of the sleeves centred over the shoulder seams.

Press and open up and you should have something like this.

Now flip the whole thing RS together and sew the sleeve and side seams in one go. Pivoting at the underarm.

Turn 8” of the sleeve to the inside and edge stitch down.

Now fold the cuff up 4” on the outside or so it just covers your row of edge stitching. Slip stitch in place at the seam (or stitch in the ditch. If necessary anchor it to the sleeve at a couple of strategic points with some discreet slip stitches.

Then cut the band you set aside to size. Pin RS together to your kimono opening. Serge or sew all the way around. Press SA to inside and topstitch to main body.

Turn under your hem to desired length and topstitch in place.

And you’re done! I particularly like the way the design on this particularly fabric curves around the back and shoulders. Cool right?!

Thanks to Mark and the team at Girl Charlee for inviting me to guest post over here on their new blog! And please feel free to let me know if you make one of these as I’d love to see! 
Ta ta for now!  Portia x
Thanks Portia, you're welcome back anytime!  A great make I think you'll all agree, simple, elegant and comfortable.  
Portia used our Black Ethnic Arrows on Heather Grey Hacci Sweater Knit but there are lots of other patterns to choose from, some of our favourites - 
GIVEAWAY!
29/03/2016 Update
Congratulations to Valentina on winning the giveaway! Thank you to all who entered, keep an eye out on the blog for more giveaways and of course our weekly Tutorial Tuesdays!
Mark, Girl Charlee

If you'd like the chance to win 2m of a Hacci Sweater Knit of your choice to make your own Kimono top, simply sign up for our email updates in the box on the top left of the blog, then post a comment below, with your email address (you can use '*' instead of '@' to prevent spam mail) and which fabric you would like to win.  
If you are already signed up for the email updates or can't access the sign up box (on some mobile or tablets) just enter your email address and choice of fabric and we will sign you up and enter you.
We will draw a random winner at 6pm on Monday and announce them on next week's Tutorial Tuesday blog.  
Good Luck!
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Happy Sewing!
~ Jen & The Girl Charlee Team

74 comments:

  1. Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com
    Thanks for the tutorial. I am loving this fabric : Sangria Bird Silhouette on Rainbow Heather Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric

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  2. Tnixsonuk*aol.com that looks like a blooming useful pattern/no pattern pattern. I'd wear that a lot but first I'd have to decide on which one of those lovely patterns

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  3. H.c.sturdy*Gmail.com I love the ethnic arrows - I'm such a copycat!

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  4. H.c.sturdy*Gmail.com I love the ethnic arrows - I'm such a copycat!

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  5. missjbain*gmail.com and I just love the Hacci sweater fabric! I would seriously love some of the Mykonos Bird Silhouette on Rainbow Heather - I reckon that'd be a gorgeous cardi! Thanks!

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  6. The royal blue heather grey ethnic stripe fabric would be lovely, it's a pattern that works with my growing baby bump too so very useful!
    hgoodall_2000@hotmail.com

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  7. It would have to be the Mangenta Pink Indian Blanket Stripe please. Love this tutorial. Portia's patterns are ace.
    Thanks
    Vicstero*outlook.com

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  8. My favourite is the leopard dotty one:). Thanks for this tutorial - clever!
    francesca dot amodeo * gmail dot com

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  9. Inspired to have a go...great tutorial. Love the the blue ethnic strip. Perfect for spring.sue.gillard5*Gmail.com.

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  10. Fantastic tutorial - perfect for a transitional top when the weather keeps changing! I would love the leopard print fabric! katie.colledge*gmail.com

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  11. I like the pink Indian blanket one! Great tutorial!
    Frankie
    Knitwitsowls*gmail.com

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  12. It would be so exciting to receive a parcel containing either the Mykonos Bird Silhouette on Rainbow Heather Hacci or the Black Bid Detailed Chevron on Cream Hacci to make this Portia Lawrie designed kimono, although I am never lucky, it is still worth trying in order to make such a kimono using these so simple to follow instructions. My email address is: icarusdesigns4u * gmail dot com

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  13. I'd love to win the Sangria birds!
    a dot schauenburg at gmail dot com

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  14. I'd love to win the Magenta Pink Indian Blanket Stripe Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric. steameverdine at gmail dot com

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  15. My favourite is the Sangria Bird Silhouette on Rainbow Heather Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric. It will look sooo delicious! yteesmile*yahoo.com

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  16. I just love the Jewel Watercolour Floral on Cream Cotton Spandex Blend Knit Fabric. Wonderful knit collection by the way, will order soon :) microbio.shop*gmail.com

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  17. I love the bird silhoutte Mykonos blue, my guess is that it would make a lovely cardigan. tuttobenhy*gmaildotcom

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  18. I love that blue chevron print . What a great make! HsHandcrafts*gmail.com

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  19. I can't find the link to sign up for the newsletter!
    Great tutorial - I'm definitely going to give it a go, and if I'm lucky I'd love the Sangria Bird Silhouette please

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    1. If you are viewing on mobile or tablet you should be able to click "view web version" at the bottom of the blog, then the sign up box should be top left. Any problems, just add your email here and I will add you to the newsletter. Thanks

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    2. I love this knit fabric and the pattern looks great - a garment that looks really comfy and versatile - cross between a cardi or ganzi( as we call it)/a jacket and a kimono. Love it. margattheolddairy'*'fsmail.net

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  20. Couldn't find the link either :~(
    The tutorial was great though, would appreciate more 'no pattern' projects.
    Really like the Sangria Bird Silhouette though all are super in their different ways

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  22. I love the Orange Red Faux Snakeskin Ethnic Single Spandex Knit !

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  23. What a great tute! I'd love to win some Sangria Bird Silhouette - I haven't sewn with a Hacci knit before, but I'd love to try :) miriam.marshall*gmail.com

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  24. I think it would be the blue Indian blanket although it might be the magenta. I already receive your newsletter. Jenny larking at gmail dot com

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  25. I'm loving the Green Rust Ornate Chevron Hacci!! amsalgado * yahoo dot com

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  26. thanks for the instructions though still no luck :~( so please add me to sign up list. talespinnerwordweaver*gmail.com if I'm lucky please let it be the sangria birds or the royal blue heather grey etnic stripe
    Thank you

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  27. Great kimono! I'd wear that all the time!
    bobbipiles1229(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. Great tutorial. I'd love to win the black ethnic arrows
    Vondalin123*googlemail.com

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  29. What a great tutorial! I would love to win that royal blue ethnic hacci sweater knit, it looks gorgeous! chrichrimano * yahoo [dot] com

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  31. Dreaming of warm spring days with the great Kimono.

    Maybe with the Black Mauve Scattered Spots Hacci Knit. It goes with every outfit I think.

    Yours Maria
    villa [minus] stoff [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  32. Thanks for the tutorial! I love love love the Magenta Pink Indian Blanket Stripe Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric. johannacarrion*hotmail.com

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  33. I love the Black Ethnic Arrows fabric!

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  34. I already have the black arrow hacci featured, which I’m planning to use for a Wembley cardigan (Seanwork). I would love to try the Magneta Pink Indian hacci for a kimono. naheema_gordon2000*yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk (scribed to newsletter).

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  35. Nice tutorial, and some lovely fabric. If I could choose I would love Mykonos Bird Silhouette on Rainbow Heather Hacci Sweater Knit. Clairejcorry*gmail.com thank you for the giveaway. I'm already signed up for emails too.

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  36. Would love to win the sangria bird silhouette. Such a great pattern and giveaway.
    Naomi.lear*hotmail.com

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  37. Thanks for the tutorial. I would love to try magenta pink Indian hacci sweater knit.
    Wahegurusab13@gmail.com

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  38. gorgeous ! i'd love to make one in sangria bird fabric, melaniemitchell*btinternet.com, i've already signed up for emails too :-)

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  39. Loved the tutorial. I'm already on the email list. Agree with a few others, the bird sangria pattern is lovely. christinevickery*hotmail.com

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  40. Love the royal blue chevron poppyinstitches*yahoo.co.uk

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  41. Great tutorial Portia! šŸ˜€ I'm already signed up to the newsletter (hello*littlesquish.co.uk) and love the Sangria Bird Silhouette on Rainbow Heather Hacci Sweater Knit fabric.

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  42. I love the Red Blue Diamond Ethnic on Black. meghandahar*yahoo.com

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  43. This is a great make. Thanks for sharing. Perhaps I can make my version if I'm the lucky winner of this giveaway. I love the Black Ethnic Arrows.

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  44. I'd love the Green Rust Ornate Chevron to make this great pattern. Thanks for sharing this. Asapearce*btinternet.com

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  45. Hi great tutorial Thanks. I'd love to win the black ethnic arrows fabric.
    louisemacardle*hotmail.co.uk

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  46. Scally.Claire at gmail.com LOVING all the chevron fabrics, would pick the Brown and teal when it comes to the crunch though!

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  47. Great photo tutorial! I'd like my winning fabric to be "Royal Blue Magenta Ornate Chevron Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric" and my contact is pshamel*gmail hope this is the lucky entry!

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  48. Wow that tutorial really got my sewing mojo going. The fabric rocks the design! Would love,love, love to win the Magenta Indian Blanket Stripe. kerry*tpg.com.au

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  49. Love it! Already getting your emails. Kaniebauer * gmail.com. Royal blue magenta chevron for me!

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  50. Gorgeous kimono jacket! I would love to copycat this one with the very same Black Ethnic Arrow Hacci Sweater Knit!
    lilycerise.sew*gmail.com

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  51. Just the sort of satisfying speedy make for a rainy Sundy afternoon and a perfect jacket for Spring. I love the Mykonos Bird fabric.

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  52. Fantastic tutorial. I like all the fabrics but I thinkBlack Big Detailed Chevron on Cream Hacci is my favourite. Nickyb.no26@yahoo.co.uk

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  54. Hi! I have already signed up for your newsletter. I would like to win the Black Big Detailed Chevron on Cream to make my kimono, my email address is valetazza*yahoo.com. Thank you so much for your tutorials and giveaways, you are cool!

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    1. Hi Valentina
      Congratulations, you have won our giveaway! We will email you to arrange delivery of your fabric. Happy Sewing!

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  55. Great cardigan, and nice easy tutorial to make it.
    I would love to try it in the bright red Indian blanket stripe.
    themateriallady at gmail dot com

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  56. love the kimono, am going to use some African fabric my sister got me for my 60th birthday! so would love to make her one back with the black and white print. cazkinstaylor*gmaikl.com

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  57. Im definitely making this Kimono!! If I won i would make it in the Sangria Bird Silhouette on Rainbow Heather Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric which is STUNNING! :-)
    Love your blog, free patterns and giveaways so thank you x scorchio610*googlemail dotcom

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  58. Sangria Bird Silhouette on Rainbow Heather Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric - I can just see myself in Portia's kimono jacket in this unusual fabric. romitch36*yahoo.co.uk

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  59. I'd pick the Black Heather Charcoal Stripe Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  60. begovich.jessica at gmail.com
    I'd choose the Black Mauve Scattered Spots baby hacci sweater knit, it looks dreamy!

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  61. I like the Blue Heather and the pattern looks great.
    Judith.westhoff at hotmail.com

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  62. Hjruk66*hotmail.com
    Love the Blue choco botanical knit. Would look great with jeans or smarter black trousers too. Great pattern for spring jacket/kimono.

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  64. I think the blue choco botanical would look great with jeans or smarter black trousers in this kimono design
    Hjruk66*hotmail.com

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  65. Great tutorial with very clear photos, thank you. I like the violet blue boucle stipe although all are lovely. V hard to choose! Lovetoad*hotmail.com

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  66. Thank you for the tutorial. It just goes to show how effective a simple shape can be. Loving all of the fabrics especially the indian blanket in red and the multi-coloured zig-zags.

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  67. hola , me gusta mucho tu blog lo sigo hace tiempo , la tela que me gusta es la primera de todas gracias

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  68. I would love to have the sangria bird silhouette. I like no pattern tutorials
    Kayasuni*yahoo.co.uk

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  69. This looks awesome. Might have to give it a whirl. Tang.juliana*gmail.com

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  70. Congratulations to Valentina on winning the giveaway! Thank you to all who entered, keep an eye out on the blog for more giveaways and of course our weekly Tutorial Tuesdays!
    Mark, Girl Charlee

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