Make a Kimono

Course Dates: 08/07/19 - 22/07/19
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Serefina Taylor

A beginners introduction to this traditional Japanese garment. Learn how to make a stitched draped jacket working from a set pattern. Suitable for men and women.


What is the course about?

Make an on-trend version of this classic Japanese garment. Over 3 evenings you will be guided through tracing out, cutting and sewing a one-piece hip-length* kimono with 3/4 sleeves.
*There is an option to make a longer length kimono, please see information regarding fabric lengths.

What will we cover?

Machine hems
Using a cardboard pattern
Making a garment from one piece of cloth
Adjusting the size of the pattern
Neatening seams.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Made a kimono in your choice of fabric, with optional belt.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This will be a mixed-ability class and please note that - you must be confident in using a sewing machine.

You should be able to follow simple written hand-outs and verbal instructions and demonstrations, as well as understand important health and safety information. You should be able to understand the use of numbers and be able to carry out simple measurements and calculations.

Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and
Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through demonstrations, discussions, workshop practice, one to one instruction and guidance. Some tasks may need to be undertaken at home in order to be completed.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Yes you must bring your fabrics.
For a hip length kimono, bring 2 metres of fabric*
For a full length kimono, bring 4 metres of fabric*
*If your fabric is narrower than 140cm/55 inches, please bring add an extra metre to the amounts above.
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*
**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?

You could move to an intermediate fashion course
VX253 Designing textiles using Photoshop : Stage two - for digital fabric design
VX702 Constructing pattern, colouring cloth
VX137 Intro to clothes making - ideal if you need to refresh basic skills.

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


Book your place

Course Code: VX480

Mon, eve, 08 Jul - 22 Jul '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £99.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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