I LOVE an elegant robe. No make-up? Frazzled hair? Coffee not yet brewed? I throw on a pretty robe and my morning instantly becomes better. It tips the messy/classy scale towards “classy” and I’m ready to start my day.
When we got married four years ago, I received some lovely robes, but constant wear has begun to take a toll. A new robe was needed. Luckily for me, the July Sew My Style 2018 pattern was the Suki Kimono by Helen’s Closet. I purchased and assembled the pattern early in the month, but a vacation and some pattern testing (I can’t wait until the releases… they are so good!) slowed down my Suki sewing efforts. I finished my robe just yesterday. Better late than never, right?
Other Sew My Style participants shared their Sukis at the end of last month and I really enjoyed scrolling through Instagram to see all their makes. It’s an inspiring group of kimonos!
Below are the details regarding my Suki:
Suki is a PDF only pattern and cost $14.00. I used a special Sew My Style participant discount code, and saved a little on the pattern cost.
I’m always a bit wary of sewing up a pattern for the first time. Will it fit right? Will I need to make massive changes to make it work? Because I wasn’t 100% confident all would turn out well, I looked for an inexpensive fabric for this make. I found a fun polyester on sale at Fabric.com. Described as an “abstract zigzag dobby crepe print in black and citron,” this fabric is light and drapes well. I loved the bold print- you know I love color! An added benefit is the fact such a busy print hides any imperfect sewing. I was worried about the sharp corner at the collar coming out neatly…
The fabric was on sale for $4.82/yard. I purchased 3 yards. With shipping costs, I spent $20.82 on fabric for my Suki. As of the writing of this review, the fabric I used is still on sale at Fabric.com.
According to the sizing chart, I’m a size small in the bust of this pattern and should grade out to a medium at the waist and hips. I threw caution to the wind and cut the small. Since the kimono is loose fitting, I didn’t fuss with grading. If you’re a straight size small, you will have a little more ease in the waist and hips.
Construction was surprisingly simple for a robe with some many thoughtful details. Helen thought of everything: inside ties to keep the robe securely closed, a fabric hook to hang the robe when not in use, and pockets! She also provides two finishes for the sleeves and collar piece. You can sew, serge, and top stitch these pieces together or you can sew them with enclosed seams. Since my fabric was very shifty and frayed like crazy, I didn’t attempt enclosed seams. Keeping it simple seemed the way to go.
The pattern is labeled for an “Advanced Beginner.” I think this is accurate if you are using a fairly stable fabric. A cotton voile or double gauze would be great fabric choices for beginners. If you go for a fabric that stretches and shifts, you’ll need a little more experience under your belt to be successful.
Fabulous! I did shorten the robe a tiny bit. Instead of a 1 inch hem, I did a 1.5 inch hem. Looking at the photos I think I could have shortened it a little more. Midi is always an awkward length on me.
You know that moment when you’re halfway through sewing a garment and you realize it’s going to turn out really, really good? I experienced that moment with Suki and stayed hunched over my machine until she was done. Obviously, I really like my Suki Kimono. She’s elegant, easy to wear, and got the nod of approval from my husband (a very, very big deal). While I’m thrilled with my cheap kimono, I wouldn’t hesitate to sew her up in a more expensive fabric next time. She’s worth it!