What is the course about?
Make an on-trend version of this classic Japanese garment. Over three evenings you will be guided through tracing out, cutting and sewing a one-piece hip-length* kimono with 3/4 sleeves and a tie belt.
*There is an option to make a longer length kimono, please see information regarding fabric lengths.
Please read the fabric requirements at the end of this outline carefully to ensure you bring the correct materials.
What will we cover?
- Taking measurements
- Basic pattern adaptations for size and length
- Learn how to solve more complicated fabric scenarios: directional print, tricky fabrics such as silk, using contrast fabrics etc.,
- Practice French seaming, bagging out and edge stitching.
- If there is time at the end of the course, we will also cover how to create chain loops by hand.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Measure yourself accurately
- Carry out basic adjustments to the width and length of the kimono pattern
- Press fabric like a pro!
- Understand how to plan and then lay fabric in preparation for cutting
- Utilise one or more different techniques in seam finishing for domestic sewing
- Understand the term ‘bagging out’ and be able to create garments using this skill.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This mixed-ability course is for people who are confident in using a sewing machine and sewing.You must know how to: thread a machine, wind a bobbin, sew a seam together with a width of 1.5cms and be confident in backstitching the seam. Students who are unable to carry out these basic tasks are advised to first complete the ‘introduction to a sewing machine’ course in September.
Any total beginners who choose to enrol on this course will be advised this is not suitable for their level.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching will be done on a demonstration basis, and there will be handouts to support what we cover in class. Depending on your progress in each session, you may be required to complete work outside of class in order to finish the project depending on your working pace.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
To make a hip-length kimono for up to a size ‘large’ and using fabric that is more than 130cms wide, you will need to bring 2.5metres* of pre-washed** fabric with you to the first session. If you wish to make a long kimono- i.e. mid calf-floor length, please bring 3.5metres of fabric.
*If any of the following points are true, then please add an extra metre of fabric for each one.
I.e.: If you are a size 22, your fabric is narrow and has a directional print, then please bring an extra 3 metres. You might end up with extra fabric at the end, but it is better to be safe than sorry. If you aren’t sure, then please email visual arts with details of your situation and we will do our best to advise you.
- Your fabric is narrow (less than 130cms)
- Your fabric has a ‘directional print’ (i.e.- the print only makes sense one way up- animals, flowers etc. etc.)
- You wear a dress size larger than a UK 20
Suitable fabrics are: light-medium weight drape fabrics. Please note that lighter weight fabrics are more suitable for people with more experience in sewing.(More advanced fabrics are marked with a *)
Examples of fabrics are:
Cotton, linen, satin, polyester, rayon, viscose, lace*, silk* velvet*, crepe de chine*
Those who don’t bring fabric, will be provided with calico at a cost per metre.
**Please pre-wash your fabric (if suitable) at a regular 40 degree wash prior to the start of the course and bring the fabric with you to the first session, ready to use.
You may wish to bring a notebook/pen with you and you are welcome to take pictures of the processes that will be demonstrated. Video recording is not permitted.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details