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You may have noticed in my Me-Made-May 2015 documentation last week that there was one day that I was dressed considerably more fancy than usual, and that the me-made item had still not been blogged about. It was a special pattern that I had tested for a fellow designer, Julia from Tites Mains, and that pattern has now been released! (With a special discount code! Read on to find out more!) So I present to you the Suzuran No-Waste Kimono Jacket pattern!
Is this not such a cool jacket? That’s what happens when a French designer puts her own twist on a traditional Japanese Yukata, a spring kimono. I’ve worn it twice so far and got tons of compliments on it. “Suzuran” means lily of the valley, which in France symbolizes spring. And this is truly a wonderful garment for spring.
The 3/4 length sleeves cover up most of your arms to protect them, but the width of them and the (optional) underarm vents let air get in.
Unlike most jackets, there are no buttons, zippers or snaps. The front overlaps and is held in place with the wide obi-style belt. Other design elements are a rigid collar, unique front plackets and special twisted cuffs.
But the feature that will thrill all sewers is the no-waste element. Believe it or not, the various pattern pieces are all wedged in together, with smaller pieces fitting into the spaces left between larger ones, creating one large rectangle. So, when you assemble the various pages of the pattern, you pin it as it is onto a rectangle of fabric yardage and then cut the pattern pieces and the fabric out all at once. There is only one little piece of waste fabric from the neckhole, and besides that every single centimeter of fabric gets used. No weird-shaped scraps that you’ll never know how to use. You know exactly how much fabric to buy without any waste! I’d never seen a pattern like this before and I just LOVE this feature, especially if using expensive fabric!
So, would you like to try this one of a kind pattern out for yourself? I highly recommend it! You can buy the digital PDF pattern on Etsy or Craftsy*. The pattern is less expensive on Craftsy, but if you prefer Etsy, use the discount code “SUZURAN00” (valid only on Etsy) to get it for just $6 up til Monday, May 25th. So go buy it, cut it out without leaving scraps, sew it, and LOVE it!
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