“The reddish star Aldebaran – the fiery eye of the Bull in the constellation Taurus – is an ageing star and a huge star! The computed diameter is between 35 and 40 solar diameters.”
Orange and red flowers in patchwork fabrics inspired the name.
Front lacings adjustable bust size 36-42 inch. Lacing can be removed.
Patches machined on lining – back section
MAKING: Patches are cut in equal sizes: (18cm here) then pinned to lining shapes of all pattern pieces. Adjust shapes of patches as garment shape needs. (First define and cut garment shape pattern pieces with lining, which is easier than adding lining afterwards!). Here, a peachy shiny satin blouse was used for sleeve lining and standard black lining cut from dresses is used for the main body.
The bodice front and back and sleeves are joined by ‘princess-line’ seam which goes from front high-waist up and over shoulder to back high-waist. Skirt is made separately then joined to the bodice and sleeves.
Lining at side position is slit to enclose insert, or use existing side seam in skirt alterations.
From charity shop cast-offs to Kimono-Dress in patchworks – fabric upcycling process.
Kimono-Dress patchwork, lined. Lacing front expands to fit bust 36 – 40inches.
Gorgeous patchwork colours form treasure trove arrangement. Generous fit up to 40 bust: Sleeves are kimono style loose, starting from below bust line. Lace ties ensure fit under bust. Back bodice top is already fitted to body, with gathers below
Purple Patchwork Kimono-Dress – Creation Journey
Purples ‘collection’ as garments from charity shops. Plus bottom right hand plant-dyed silk
Three or four plains and three to four prints, with maybe another contrasting plain works well. At least 7 different fabrics are needed for a good patchwork result.
When cutting up garments for patchwork, cut up along the sides of all seams. Sometimes cotton and linen seams can be ripped undone, and more fabric saved. Overall, unpicking is not worth the time it takes.
Sometimes there is fabric strain near darts or side seams as there were in this blouse. In such case, don’t undo the seam where stitches have pulled. This blouse had strain around the front dart seams. Due to inherent weakness in the loose weave, this fabric will be quilt-machined onto a thin cotton backing, to ensure it stays firm.
Many parts of a garment can be recycled into a different new garment, such as this lace-styled neck. It won’t be included in the kimono, but it will form the start of another dress, likely to be with navy, if only the lace is used, or navy and pink if the print is kept.
This top is from a stretch cotton fabric, so will be quilt machined onto a cotton, for firmness, to be similar in weight to the linen and taffeta. If used only in its stretch state, it may cause a slight ‘baggyness’ in parts of the patchwork.