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My Willow Kimono by Designer Stitch Patterns

 Happy Monday!  I am super excited today to show you my version of the Willow Kimono from Designer Stitch.  Designer Stitch is celebrating their first anniversary and I jumped at the opportunity to take part in the Pattern Revolution Designer Stitch First Anniversary Blog Tour.
My Willow Kimono

My Willow Kimono

This will now be my 3rd Designer Stitch pattern that I’ve made.  I was lucky enough to have been chosen to pattern test the Eleni top and the Kiera Skirt.  It was very difficult to decide which of their amazing patterns I was going to make for the blog tour. Well, I decided on the Willow Kimono since I don’t have one in my wardrobe yet.
Willow Kimono

Willow Kimono

I decided that I NEEDED to use fabric from my fabric stache, so I got to digging and came up with this.  I purchased this graphic crepe de chine while I was in LA a few years ago.  There are so many amazing fabric shops in the LA Fashion District that it’s insane.  I can’t wait to go back in a few weeks to feed my fabric addiction.
Matte Satin Collar

Check out my Collar


I wanted the collar to stand out so I went with this Matte Satin fabric from Joann.  It’s from their Casa Blanca Collection, which I love.  I think the collar gives it a bit of a distinguished look, don’t you think?
Pretty Graphic Pattern Fabric

Pretty Graphic Pattern Fabric

 The Willow Kimono is definitely on trend and is so easy to dress up or dress down.  The pattern has your choice of 3 lengths.  You can choose to make it high/low, mid-thigh or lower calf length.  You can also add lace, braids or all types of different trims.  The pattern also includes tips on how to sew with slippery fabrics and a step by step walk though on how to make french seams.  This was my first time sewing a garment with french seams and I’m in love!


  1. Evi

    June 5, 2017 at 7:21 am

    You look lovely! Really a great kimono ald fabric choice

    1. Johanna

      June 6, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Thank you Evi. I love this fabric too.

  2. anja wouters

    June 5, 2017 at 10:05 am

    beautiful kimono and nice fabric choice too

    1. Johanna

      June 6, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you so much Anja. I can tell this will become a favorite.

  3. Barbara

    June 6, 2017 at 11:14 am

    such a great kimono, I love your fabric choice! Makes it so stylish and different than so many other kimono’s! It looks great on you and I’m sure you will be able to wear it a lot!

    1. Johanna

      June 6, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you so much. I’ve had this fabric for so long. I’m so glad I held on to it.

  4. Lo

    June 8, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Absolutely gorgeous fabric!! And look how well you matched the fabric sides, impressive!

    1. Johanna

      June 8, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Thank you so much! This was a first of many for me. First time doing French seams and first time having to match my fabric seams.

  5. Gill Nicholl

    June 9, 2017 at 8:55 am

    The contrasting band is a great choice! I love your look.

    1. Johanna

      June 10, 2017 at 1:23 am

      Thanks! I couldn’t decided between the black and the pink.

  6. Cassy

    June 9, 2017 at 9:42 am

    This Kimono is great! I love your fabrics selection.

    1. Johanna

      June 10, 2017 at 1:22 am

      Thanks so much! I’m glad I held on to this fabric for as long as I did.

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