Venus Kimono

Kimono’s have been trending for a while and I’ve probably missed the boat but I still love so why not? So many choices, go Geisha or Boho? I had a perfect silk blend fabric in my stash that said “Geisha”.

Last weekend was my birthday weekend so we headed down to Venus Bay  to celebrate. Of course I had to pack a few sewing bibs and bobs just incase I had time! As it turned out I had about an hour free and I quickly drafted up a pattern using an old kimono I bought a few years ago as a rough guide. I added some pleats in the shoulder area for a bit of interest.



The fabric is “Three sided tears” from Tessuti and is a cotton/silk blend voile. It’s a beautiful fabric and fairly easy to work with although I made sure I trace threaded all of my seam lines and tailor tacked the pleats for accuracy. The fabric also frayed a little and I didn’t want to add bulky serging to the seams as it just wouldn’t do it justice so I chose french seams which worked perfectly.

Here is a great article from Threads on how to finish seams on silk fabrics.

It worked out pretty well although I think a higher percentage of silk would have been better as the higher percentage of cotton probably doesn’t let it hang as well as I’d like.


Download the pattern for the Venus Kimono Relaxed Pattern




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10 replies on “Venus Kimono

  • Laura Clingan

    It’s perfect for wearing at the office–sometimes the AC is just a bit too cold! I’d love to have the pattern also!

  • Lisa

    It is beautiful and Kimono never goes out of style!! Love it and would love the Patten as well as soon as it’s offered up. Please include my email address to let me know the deets about the pattern. I look forward to it. I too like sewing the way you do! Seeing something I like and developing a pattern “idea in my head”, pretty much by eye. I’ve traced out older shirts I love (only easy stuff) and took it from there. The good thing is I don’t expect perfection. I see it as I see it.
    Thanks! Toodles! Liz Capo
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    • Nine Stitches

      Hi Adele, thanks for asking. I have a kimono pattern in development at the moment. Keep you eye out for it coming soon. You can also sign up to our newsletter and I will send out all of the details once completed. Annie x


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