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An Extra Long Asaka Kimono, Named Clothing

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When my mum saw my completed Asaka Kimono she immediately ordered one for herself. Floor length, of course, my mum likes to sweep into a room.  I fussed about it but then agreed, we bought the fabric, I started…..and then it got put in the UFO pile because a newer, shiner project called to me….that was for me.

Selfish Sewer. Yikes, I don't like that term but it completely applies to me. Sewing is my way of switching off from the world and my problems and unfortunately, especially for my friends and family, when I sew for other people I feel deadlines and pressure for the item to turn out perfect. After this project however I can see the benefits of the odd gift here and there 😉


The Fabric

I bought this fabric back in August! So I don't remember too many details. I got the fabric from Goldhawk Road, sorry I forgot the name of the shop. I think it was £4 per meter.


When I first saw the fabric I was hesitant…..It kinda reminds me of an artistic interpretation of Camouflage Army print….but I just kept coming back to it! I do love the colours, they are sorta dreamy and calming. The fabric also reminds me of ink blot. Plus, the drape is lovely.

The Changes

The biggest change was to add length to the kimono. As always it wasn't the most precise way of doing things, I added on the length I think I needed to the middle of the kimonos sides and back. Which worked out alright.


I had cut something wrong and was running out of fabric, so my second change was to shorten the collar and unintentionally the kimono looks more like a traditional Japanese kimono.

The Pattern

The pattern was the Asaka Kimono by Named. It has to be said that I find their pdf patterns the most frustrating ever. They only print out two sizes at a time (8-10 together, 12-14 together etc.) and I was making two kimonos for two different sized women. One size 10 the other size 14. So I had to print and tape the pattern together twice.


It is fantastic seeing my mum in something I made. She might even get a few more pieces out of me in 2016 🙂

Happy 2016 xxx


Megan valero

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23 thoughts on “An Extra Long Asaka Kimono, Named Clothing

  1. megsewing says:

    Named always does some nice sales throughout the year so look out for them. It took me ages to finally buy a named pattern and you do have to trace but this pattern is amazing and absolutely worth it! 🙂

  2. Daleel says:

    Love this! I think I need to look into buying patterns.

  3. I bet! I’ve seen them on IG and FB and it looks interesting.

  4. megsewing says:

    i have the same problem watching them in the uk too. i managed to over xmas because i was in france. I miss the episodes so much!

  5. I’ve always been curious about that show. I have trouble finding it here sometimes.

  6. megsewing says:

    I was binge watching project runway, i can’t believe i never watched it before! and it absolutely inspired me! haha

  7. fabrickated says:

    Just great! Your Mum looks so young and glamorous in the full length Kimono.

  8. This is stunning! I’ve had the same issue with Named patterns but yours has turned out lovely 🙂 also, your mum is an awesome model

  9. Your kimono looks like it belongs on a fashion runway… and so does your Mom!

  10. I was going to ask where you took the photos but just saw it was in France. Well, Mum certainly rose to the challenge of a photo shoot!

  11. marialeila says:

    Gorgeous! Such a fashionista Mom and great in modelling,,too! 🙂

  12. megsewing says:

    Thank you!! I don’t think I can make too much for her because I want this back haha

  13. megsewing says:

    Thank you!! It was so difficult to give it to her! The only downside of making for others haha

  14. megsewing says:

    Thank you!! I love it when mistakes/not enough fabric turns out better than the original plan! 🙂

  15. megsewing says:

    Thank you!! I was determined to photo my mum while we were still in France 🙂

  16. Beautiful! Great photos too. Lucky Mum indeed!

  17. So swishy and glam. Lucky Mum.

  18. Liliana says:

    The longer length is awesome, and the shorter collar makes it look even more interesting. Your mum looks wonderful in it!

  19. Caroline says:

    I agree with the ladies – your mum looks super glam! Such a lovely photoshoot too.
    The fabric is lovely x

  20. megsewing says:

    I was surprised it came out so good! I though the sleeves and length would be a bit too much but I want to make another one for myself! 🙂

  21. gingermakes says:

    Whoa!! This is so glamorous! That extra length really makes this special!

  22. megsewing says:

    Thank you!!! My mum’s definitely a fake fur coat and massive earring kinda girl 🙂

  23. Highball Emy says:

    Lovely! Your Mum looks really glam!

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