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Hot Pink Kimono



I’m very happy to be back at home after spending a week away for work. I read Christian Dior’s autobiography recently and he wrote that the best thing about travelling is how much you appreciate getting home. I misquote but that was the jist. Travelling regularly for work (I currently travel around once a month for varying lengths of time) does mean that work doesn’t get boring, but it also eats into your personal time & plans. I do manage to get some knitting done when I’m travelling (i.e. on the plane) but rarely get time to sew so I’m planning to make up for it this weekend while drinking lots of tea and catching up with the tv I’v missed (I’m looking at you Project Runway, Great British Bake Off & Masters of Sex).


I’m also hoping to get chance to wear this kimono I completed a couple of weeks ago. It would be perfect for a stroll around the park if the weather cooperates. I got tempted by all the amazing kimonos I was seeing on other sewing blogs, so I made this using the Elle Apparel tutorial. It was a classic case of HAVING to make something that, until then, I never knew I needed! By Hand London have also recently posted a great kimono tutorial but the Elle Apparel tutorial suited my fabric better as it allows more flexibility on placement. This is a John Kaldor polyester and is a border print – I wanted to make sure I included the blue border at hem of the kimono.


This was a very quick project but I took a little extra time hand stitching the hems while relaxing on the sofa. Hand finishing hems is such a perfect task for lazy evenings/afternoons while watching tv.

Hopefully there will be a few more warm days in the UK this year when I can wear it. If not maybe I’ll slouch around the house in it – it will certainly be more glamorous than my usual hoodie.



Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

3 thoughts on “Hot Pink Kimono

  1. So pretty, Charlotte! I love the border print and the beautiful color.

  2. Pingback: Sew Over It (not) Silk Cami | englishgirlathome

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