Friday Sew-Along: Make a Pretty, Cropped Kimono Jacket, Part 5

For the past four weeks, I have been working with the most deliciously challenging fabric (silk velvet!)  to create a cropped simple couture version of Caroline Hulse's Kimono Jacket that is featured in Stitch Spring 2015.

The pattern and complete instructions are available in the Sew Daily Shop, either in the digital magazine or a wonderful how-to video that Caroline created. You will need one of these to complete the project. If you are just joining us, take a look at Part 1,  Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 to get started. And if you have been sewing along with me, let's get to it!

Step 25: For the bottom hem, I first trimmed any excess bias tape on the jacket opening, then I turned the raw edge under 1/4

and basted. I then turned another 1-1/2 inch for the hem and basted again. This basting will keep the tricky velvet in place as I hand stitch the hem.

Step 26: Slipstitch the hem in place with an invisible stitch.

Step 25: Baste raw edge; turn and baste again. Step 26: Hem with an invisible slipstitch. Step 27: Turn up sleeve edge 1/4 inch and baste.
Then turn up 1" and
baste again.
Step 28: Hem sleeve with invisible slip stitch. Done!
Here is the finished cropped kimono jacket in a sumptuous silk velvet. Love it!

Step 27: For the sleeve, I also turned the raw edge up 1/4" and basted, and then turned up 1" and basted again.

Step 28: Hem with an invisible slip stitch. And I'm done! I plan to wear this as a cozy cover up in winter and keep is for cool nights when the weather turns warm. 

Get the '40s Kimono Jacket pattern by Caroline Hulse from Stitch Spring 2015 and the how-to video in the Sew Daily Shop.

I just love this jacket, but I'm ready for a simpler project! Tune in next week for the One Seam Maxi Skirt, also by Caroline Hulse.

Amber Eden

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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.