I didn't make:
I struggled to find suitable fabric. I got some that is possibly suitable but not the same type of fabric as Helen's, which would have been better, and a bit late - but in the course of my searches I found some ‘China silk’ which I thought would make a fabulous kimono. Black with flowers for Joanne. They also had turquoise with dragonflies - perfect for Alison who loves turquoise and dragonflies!
I originally got the New Look pattern free with Sew magazine. I looked out the pattern - but the kimono pieces weren't there. For Helen's I had traced the pattern and I couldn't find that either. Helen doesn't have them. I decided I had no real option other than to buy a replacement pattern, fortunately at half price. Murphy's Law says that I would then find the mislaid pattern but I haven't yet!
It's after Christmas! I'm writing this on Boxing Day. Joanne and Alison both liked their kimonos. I would say that Alison's, in particular, is a perfect fit.
|Their Gran agreed to pose, wearing the infinity scarf I made her|
Alison's cat, Thomas, hasn't really settled so he's being taken home tomorrow, earlier than planned. He hasn't been crying or distressed just not sociable and has spent quite a lot of time sleeping/hiding under the bed.
I managed to get photos of Alison and Joanne in the kimonos. Helen was away by this time - but hadn't brought her kimono with her in any case.
I'm sad to see everyone go - but also relieved as I find it more difficult as I get older to cope with the noise, the mess and, to be honest, the amount of extra work. My Mum is here for an extra week, though.