Kimono Jacket: Simplicity 1318

I finished sewing the first of three Christmas gifts that I want to make this month. I made a kimono jacket using the Simplicity 1318 pattern, which is one of the Easy-to-Sew patterns offered by Simplicity. I was really pleased with how nice it turned out. I didn’t model the kimono jacket in the following pictures since it’s a Christmas gift. But even hanging on the hanger it looks pretty good. You can’t really see the flow of the jacket, but one day I’ll make one for myself and then I’ll post more pictures then. 20161128_122355.jpg

Simplicity 1318 is labeled as Easy to Sew pattern, but to me it was a little difficult to understand the directions for this one at certain parts of the construction. It seems like the pattern makers try to condense the steps and the number of sentences included in the directions for the Easy patterns which makes it harder to understand. Maybe it’s just my beginner status that has me reading these instructions over and over again for some of the steps and not really understanding what it means. But when you sew from a pattern it’s like you are putting together a puzzle using fabric. Now this puzzle comes with instructions which can make it easy to put together when the directions are clear. However, if the directions aren’t clear you may find yourself guessing how to construct the garment.

Simplicity 1318

With Simplicity 1318 the directions for placing the band (the strip that runs along the front and behind the neck) on the jacket was a bit confusing. My mom had to tell me how to do it. So, it may have just been my beginner status that made it hard to understand. Because my mom who has been sewing from patterns for decads understood the directions. This pattern may not be a good one to try for beginngers, but experienced seamstresses probably will not have a problem understanding the directions.Simplicity 1318

With that being said once you finish it the right way once you will not have any problems making this kimono jacket again.  I will definetly be making this pattern again. 🙂

Simplicity 1318Next up, I’ll be attempting to sew robes from Vogue V9015. Wish me luck! 🙂



  • Reply Mary December 5, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Your Kimono Jacket is stunning Sonya! I wish I was receiving that as a Christmas Present this year. It’s sad to hear that your Easy pattern wasn’t so easy but it looks like you overcame whatever obstacles that were in your way. I can’t wait to see you robes 🙂

    • Reply Sonya December 6, 2016 at 4:53 am

      Thanks Mary!!! 🙂 Let me know your favorite color and your measurements and I’ll make you one sometime after Christmas. For real. It only takes like 2 yards of fabric and patterns are always on sale for $1. I would love to make one for you. 🙂
      I’m hoping the robes turn out just as nice.

  • Reply robincharmagne December 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Oh that fabric is so pretty and looks like you did a fab job. Someone is very lucky!
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    • Reply Sonya December 6, 2016 at 4:49 am

      Thanks Robin!!!

  • Reply Kelly December 6, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I find this so amazing and refreshing that you buy the pattern and create it yourself. What a sustainable way to live. I wish more people were like you!

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    • Reply Sonya December 16, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      It took me a long time to get started sewing. I had wanted to sew for years before I actually learned how. It’s actually a lot easier than I thought it would be.

  • Reply Tamara December 7, 2016 at 2:51 am

    You’re right – it does look good on the hanger and on the models! I always think this is something I can’t pull off, but it’s such a cool look. Great fabric!
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    • Reply Sonya December 16, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Tamara!!! I’m sure you could pull this look off. I think this would be really flattering for most.

  • Reply NERLINE December 11, 2016 at 7:17 am

    I love the fabrics. I am proud of you for not giving up. You did a great job!
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    • Reply Sonya December 16, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks Nerline 🙂

  • Reply Dean @Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress December 11, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    YAY!! I’m so glad you did the reveal!! Sonya, you have mad skills, woman!! You picked it up so quick and you’re doing amazingly. Kudos to you, mama!!

    • Reply Sonya December 16, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks Dean! I’m happy with how nice it turned out. I’m almost finished with my next project. Hopefully, I can finish it tonight because I need to mail it off ASAP. Christmas is almost here. 🙂

  • Reply Stacie December 17, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    I love it! You did a great job in spite of the instructions being tricky. That’s why I stopped sewing years ago. I just didn’t have patience for it.

    • Reply Sonya December 17, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks Stacie!!! Sewing does take a lot of patience.

  • Reply Erika Bonaldo December 18, 2016 at 5:44 am

    How pretty Sonya! I can barely sew with needle and thread! lol #ProductReviewParty
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    • Reply Sonya December 25, 2016 at 4:11 am

      Thanks Erika!!! I’m not good with needle and thread sewing, but it’s something that I plan on working on in 2017 🙂

  • Reply Lou December 22, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Love it Sonya! Very beautiful! Yes, make one for yourself too, it’ll look gorgeous on you.

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    • Reply Sonya December 25, 2016 at 3:57 am

      Thanks Lou!!!

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