Named Asaka Kimono

To be perfectly fair, I only have myself to blame for the fury that I felt when preparing to sew this pattern. I’m usually more than happy taping together PDF’s but on this occasion I decided to treat myself to the paper copy. I should have read the online product description better, but I didn’t. I read blog reviews that recommended shelling out for the paper copy rather than the PDF, the catch being that those bloggers didn’t sew from the paper copy. They sewed from the PDF. They probably had no idea that the paper pattern is overlapped on one piece of paper (like a Japanese sewing pattern) and has no seam allowances either.

So my paper copy arrived by mail and I put it aside in great excitement, only to open it up on the night I wanted to get started. If I’d wanted to spend an evening on my hands and knees tracing lines and measuring allowances, I would have drafted the pattern myself or modified an existing pattern that I already owned. I already have a good number of patterns and rarely buy a new one. The whole point of buying a new pattern on this occasion (and a paper copy at that) was to be lazy.

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It was an easy sew in the end. The pattern is rated average. I’d venture to call it “easy” if you make it in a woven cotton. Silk would up the ante a little. And my Asaka kimono did turn out to be pretty awesome. The fit is spot on. I lengthened the body by one inch but didn’t change the sleeves. I had just enough fabric to make this work. My waist tie has about 16 separate seams because I was a little short on fabric, but I’m not bothered. The collar on it is lovely too.

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As gorgeous as it is, this robe will be a morning cover up for me, to wear after showers and while sipping my tea. The fabric is a very lightweight cotton which is soft and washable. The sleeve design is fabulous and functional. The front slit means that those long hems won’t be dripping into my tea. It is exactly what I needed in my wardrobe.

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I really do love the overall design of this robe. I can see myself using it again in the future to make a silk version for a formal occasion, but with a longer waist tie that can be looped into a bow. And after all the ranting, I’d still recommend it.

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At the end of the day, I’m glad that I made it. Am I glad that I purchased the paper pattern? No. Would I have bought it knowing what I know today? No. Would I recommend purchasing the PDF version? Yes!

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6 thoughts on “Named Asaka Kimono

  1. The PDFs still require tracing, sadly, although less so on the newer patterns. I don’t mind tracing and I don’t mind sticking PDFs together, but I hate doing both. But still, I love Named patterns so I persevere!

    Love this kimono. You look so elegant in it.

    1. Thank you Helen. See, I would print two copies of the same PDF to tape and cut if they overlapped rather than have to trace. It just doesn’t make sense to spend time taping only to have to trace it in my books. But yes, it was a good pattern so worth the perseverence.

  2. It is so very pretty. I remember having a kimono robe ages ago with those box extension thingies on the arms. Those suckers got. in. everything! I loved the robe so very much it actually stayed with me in use for maybe 15 years. It then just fell apart. I like the idea that those splits seams mean the sleeves won’t end up in everything. And how pretty is that fabric?? Apart from the annoyances it’s a great make šŸ™‚

  3. Beautiful kimono. I once tracked down an australian supplier for a european pattern to purchase it in paper copy over pdf. Only to find out that the paper copy was only the instruction booklet and the pattern was still by PDF code download. Think of the postage time and $ I could have saved if I had known/realised that at the time of purchase………………

  4. This is gorgeous. The pattern itself is nice, but for me it’s the fabric that really makes it. Those sleeves may not get into everything, but do watch yourself if you have a gas stovetop!

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