Hi sew lover

Okay so the sun in Abuja is ridiculous and certainly not in a good way. Jisos!😫 I don’t know about you, but where I live, the heat want to kill somebody. The way the harmattan had suddenly vanished, you would have thought  it had given up the ghost and has retired to hell fire to suffer. I mean it is totally unbearable.

So in an effort not to fry no thanks to AEDC, I made this beautiful kimono from a patterned cotton scarf at 1am today.

But because it was very late in the night and I had left my sew gear(laptop, camera and its accessories) in the office, I couldn’t really take photos or record the sewing process. However, I did do some demonstrations of how I made it. So if you are interested, kindly take a trip with me. The tutorial is both beginner and intermediate friendly and it is dedicated to my friend- ISEMEDE IDOWU who passed away in an auto-crash on February 7th, 2018

“Sleep well brother!”

REQUIREMENT

  1. Basic sewing knowledge: So to make this garment, you must have some basic sewing skill as a beginner or an intermediate. Sewing skills like how to sew a straight line, how to finish a neckline etc.

Don’t know how to do any of these things? Then please visit here to learn how to finish a neckline or simply join TheQEffectz E-training program for Beginners come March 2018. Registration will begin February 28th, 2018. To learn more about this, please visit here.

2. Fabric of choice: Like I already mentioned, I used a very lightweighted fabric made from cotton. The fabric was so light and rigid. It was about 2yards long and 2 yards wide.

3. Body Statistics: The body measurement needed to make this garment, includes:

  • Shoulder length: This is the distance between the base of your neck to the tip of your shoulder. So place a measuring tape at the base of your neck and measure the distance between your neck and the tip of your shoulder. Using me as an example, my shoulder length is 8 inches.
  • Armhole length: For this tutorial, this is the distance between your shoulders and your bust level. It is the combination of your shoulder slope and your armhole depth. Therefore using me as an example, my armhole length is 9 inches i.e

Shoulder slope = 1.5 inches; Armhole depth = 7.5 inches

Therefore, Armhole length = Shoulder slope + Armhole depth

AL= 1.5+ 7.5 = 9 inches

4. Matching thread

5. Sewing machine

6. Electricity.

PROCEDURE

  1. Cutting the neckline: So we begin by first cutting out our neckline. To cut out the neckline of your fabric, kindly follow the steps below:

Step 1: Fold your fabric into “two” equal halves by first folding horizontally and then vertically as shown below.

 This way, your fabric will have two folded ends at the top and a single folded end at the side.

Step 2: Measure from the point of intersection(the point where all the foldings meet) 3.5 inches towards the double folded end and 3.5inches downwards and mark.

Step 3: Draw an arc to meet these two new points. 

Step 4: Cut through the arc to create a scoop neckline.

When you open up your fabric, it will be look like this.

2. Finishing the neckline: To finish or “turn” the neckline of your fabric, cut out a piece of bias, preferably from the same fabric because of the texture. If however your fabric of choice is made from a light/medium-weighted fabric e.g chiffon or ankara as explained here, feel free to used Bought bias pieces.

Your bias piece or trip should be 0.75 inches wide. The length should the neck circumference of your fabric plus 1 inch .i.e measure the circumference of your fabric neckline and add 1 inch to it.

Then follow the procedures  here for non-stretch fabric to finish or turn your neckline.

3. Joining the front and back pieces together: To join the front and back pieces of your fabric together like Agbada, kindly follow the steps below:

Step 1: Fold your fabric horizontally back into equal halves like this:

Step 2: Then measure your shoulder length (see requirment) from both sides of the neckline and mark.

Step 3: At the new points, measure your Armhole length(see requirement) at both sides and mark.

Step 4: Then make an “A-line” stitch from those new points to the bottom of your fabric.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not stitch straight down as shown in diagram B below.

This is because:

(a)Our armhole length can not be the same length as our waist or hip measurement. Naturally they are wider than the armhole or bust measurement and since our garment is determined by the width of our armhole, there is no way our garment can fit over our body completely.

(b) Our fabric of choice is not a stretch fabric, therefore since we did not insert a zipper at the back piece, it can not expand when you try to wear it.

So in other words, your fabric needs a lot more space from the bust level downwards, hence the “A line” stitches instead.

I hope this is clear?

Please feel free to ask any questions about this on the comment box if you do not understand.

So with our “A line stitch done, our garment is complete.

Hem the sleeves and bottom of your fabric if they do not come with a border.

And you are done!

I hope the tutorial was easy to understand. You can see a similar tutorial here. Once again, if you have an questions about it, feel free to ask by leaving your questions on the comment box below.

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