Hot! Not Yet Spring Kimono Dress

Kimono-dressAfter a long stretch of rainy weather and cloudy skies, the sun came out long enough to inspire me to make a a Spring dress. The floral fabric, what I assume was some sort of household linen based on its finished edges, came from the my visit to the East Bay Depot for Creative Refuse. Looking at the photo, I wish I matched the two front skirt pieces better — you live and learn. I absolutely loved this pattern when I saw it on eBay. Out of character, I spent $15 on it. I only with I hadn’t let my love of the pattern’s illustration cause temporary amnesia regarding high necklines.

Fabric: Floral linen from East Bay Depot of Creative Reuse $8 (total for 2 yards), contrast fabric $1.95 from
Pattern: Simplicity 1685, $15 from eBay
Notions: Vintage zipper, 3 vintage buttons from this estate sale.
Time to complete: About 8 hours.
Year: c. 1946
First worn: February 2010
Wear again? Yes.
Total Cost:  About $25

16851685 The dress was super easy to easy to construct. However, I wish I had pleated, and not gathered, the top of the bodice pieces. The contrast bodice piece looks a little too hospital scrubby so a more defined pleat would have made it look more finished. Everything else was a breeze and it fits so I can’t complain.



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. cute! for $25, that’s amazing!

  2. I love the way you accessorized! Your hair looks really cute too – did you cut bangs?

  3. No, I just pinned them up. After wearing it today, I’ve decided that I actually really love this dress!

  4. Cute as a button! I appreciate your tracking the amount of time it took to complete — I often wonder vaguely how much time normal people spend making a single garment. Now I’m fairly sure I’m the world’s slowest sewer.

  5. I think it’s a really cute dress! The big floral pattern is such a fun play with the pattern! :)

  6. you look adorable!

  7. You look fab!! You are fast becoming one of my style gurus!!

  8. Oh my goodness, I may have to track that pattern down! I have some parasol fabric that would be so cute as this dress!

  9. Such great colors for spring.