After making the Top Knot dress and romper, I really wanted to try the Fishtail Kimono, another pattern from Chalk and Notch. I really liked the style, construction and instructions of the Top Knot and for that reason I wanted even more to try the Fishtail. The only detail is that, this is a children pattern! But I really wanted to make a kimono for me and after seeing the one Marta made for her, I decided to give it a go too.
I looked at the measurements and I thought I could squeeze into the biggest size, 12. I was looking for something not too long to wear over a top for a colder day during summer so, I did not made any changes to the original.
The pattern goes from size 18/24 months to 12 years’ old and I think it would be lovely for my girls, maybe with a trim instead of the neckband!? But… sorry girls, that will have to be another time! Of course, there are patterns for kimonos in larger sizes, but I really liked the back in this one. The gathered back yoke and the dropped hem make it have such a nice drape!
The fabric was decided as soon as I saw this light crepe with some stretch, here. It was exactly what I was looking in terms of print and kind of fabric!
The only challenge I faced was with the hem, because I did not used interfacing for the facing as suggested in the instructions. Lesson learned! The interfacing would make it easier to keep the edge pressed. Other than that everything went smoothly.
Like I said, I did not made any changes to the pattern because this was what I was looking for but for a version to be used during Fall or as a beach cover I would lengthened or maybe wait until Gabriela makes a ladies version…
Hope you are having a great week!