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Design a Kimono Coat
The basic shape of the kimono coat featured in the October/November 2002 issue of Threads provides many opportunities for creative design and embellishment
In the October/November 2002 issue of Threads, prize-winning designer Yasuko Kuraishi creates two coats in the time it takes to make one with her reversible kimono coat.
Take your own kimono coat to a new level with these design and embellishment ideas.
For a personalized, unique look:
- Try out different fabrics: Silks allow for a lightweight, draped look. Velvets, tapestry, and leather also work well with this simple design.
- Alter the sleeve shape and length: long, bell, short, or three-quarter-length -- even gather the hem.
- Sew an additional panel to each front edge for an overlap closure.
- Vary the jacket length: cropped, hip-length, just-below-seat-length, and ankle-length.
- Create a striking collar: Adjust the length and width, as well as the shape. You can also layer the collar, add piping along the edge, and cut out a wide portrait neck.
- Add closures: one or more ties, bias loop and buttons, frogs, even a matching belt. Also shift the center-front opening off-center for interest.
- Experiment with surface design: quilt for added warmth and texture. Embellish with trim, piping, beads, appliqué, tassels, or embroidery. Add details, such as pockets.