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Vogue V1610 -SB Kimono

b15erk

Vogue V1610 -SB Kimono
« on: September 13, 2021, 19:33:35 PM »
Why do I do this to myself?

I picked the pattern, decided on the fabric I was going to use and started to lay it out.  Only after I had opened it out, did I realise that there was a beautiful large floral design I wasn't seeing when the fabric was folded up.

Now I have created a problem.  I would love to have one of the big floral motifs on the back, but this would result in a lot of wastage.  It would also mean that I needed to replicate on the front, and I'm not sure I have enough fabric for that...

Any bright ideas as to how I can make this happen?  I can always use a contrast for the front band, and the belt, but I need a back, 2 fronts and 2 sleeves out of the main fabric - at least.

Hoping someone will have a bright idea.

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Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.

Missie

Re: Vogue V1610 -SB Kimono
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2021, 11:18:35 AM »
Dont fold the fabric in the traditional way (ie in half).  Maybe fold it by taking the selvedge edge to the middle and use it that way for the back so you can get the motif in and fit the fronts and sleeves around it?  does that make sense?
A measly 2.5m of stash used so far!

b15erk

Re: Vogue V1610 -SB Kimono
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2021, 12:19:41 PM »
Thanks @Missie , I did something like that to get the pattern centred, but unfortunately there didn't seem to be enough fabric left, to cut the other pieces out in pattern.  I think the only way to sort this is to forget trying to get a big flower on the back... :'(

I think I may dwell on it for a while...

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.

charlotte

Re: Vogue V1610 -SB Kimono
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2021, 13:24:58 PM »
Would it help if you did some piecing? I'm thinking the fronts won't be big enough to have a full motif, so maybe you could get away with adding a seam at the waist? Of course, this may not help at all...

BrendaP

Re: Vogue V1610 -SB Kimono
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2021, 11:26:31 AM »
Would it look right if you used the contrast for the sleeves as well as the belt and front bands?
Brenda.  My machines are: Corona, a 1953 Singer 201K-3, Caroline, a 1940 Singer 201K-3, Thirza, 1949 Singer 221K, Azilia, 1957 Singer 201K-MK2 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
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b15erk

Re: Vogue V1610 -SB Kimono
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2021, 12:54:21 PM »
Thanks girls, your advice, as always, is very much appreciated. 

I've decided I really like this fabric, and don't want to mess it up.  So, I'm choosing another fabric for the first Kimono - I know, it's a cop out, but one with a purpose.  By doing this - much like making a toile, I'll be able to see 1) how the size works out.  I know it comes up large, but there is no indication of ease on the pattern.  Then b) I will then cut out a full pattern, so that I can position the motif more accurately, so that I won't waste fabric.

Onwards and upwards, now to choose another fabric... :facepalm: :S

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.