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Kimono Jacket Without Lining in size XL

Kimono Jacket Without LiningKimono Jacket Without Lining

I recently made a natural cotton twill Kimono Jacket in the Mid length for my friend Nadia to try on, and since the fabric was a bit heavier I thought it would be nice to leave the jacket unlined.  This version without lining makes a great garment for warmer weather. The project was less expensive since it required less fabric, and it was quicker to sew.

Before I jump into the project notes, I want to mention sizing.  Nadia is wearing a size XL here, and it looks beautiful on her. She's 5'5" tall, and her measurements are 46” bust, 39” waist, and 50” hip.  Technically, these measurements fall outside of the size chart you see on the back of the pattern. However, the jacket still fits Nadia comfortably.  It’s just a more fitted look than what you see pictured on the model in the pattern. I love both looks!

*Just note that if you’re at the smaller end of the size chart and you choose to size down, the sleeve will get a little shorter because of how the jacket is constructed and graded.  If you’re petite it shouldn’t be an issue, but if you’re tall you might want to rethink sizing down if you’d like the sleeve to hit at your wrist.*

Pattern Changes:
-Added an extra ⅜” length to the bottom of the Front and Back pattern pieces for the hem.  Finished the hem at the bottom of the jacket by pressing it ⅜” to the wrong side twice and edgestitching. 
-Added 1" extra length to the pocket.  Pressed the side and bottom edges of pocket ⅜” to the wrong side.  Then pressed the top edge ⅜” and then 1" to the wrong side before edgestitching top of pocket hem.
-Finished the seam allowance by serging.  
-Did NOT interface the Collar because of how thick the fabric was.
Pieces to Cut:
-Large Pocket: cut 2
-Front: cut 2
-Back: cut 1 on fold
-Sleeve: cut 2
-Upper Collar: cut 2
-Under Collar: cut 2
Yardage Requirements:
-Followed the fabric requirements from the LINING chart ONLY to figure out how much fabric I would need for the entire unlined jacket.

Button Loop Tutorial

 This button loop tutorial is used for the Wiksten Iris Pullover, but is a great technique for adding afterthought button loops to any knitting - the front of a kid's cardigan, the end of a flip-top mitten, the edges of a buttoned scarf. It can be made to accommodate any size button, and is also an opportunity for a little hit of contrast yarn if you so choose. 

Tutorial For Lining Harem Pants

Tutorial for Lining Harem Pants

Lining Harem Pants TutorialHarem Pants Lining Tutorial

Adding lining to a pair of pants is a great way to keep kids warm and cozy for cold weather, and an added bonus is that it makes the pants reversible because the inside will be beautiful.  You won’t have to finish your seams because you won’t see the seam allowance at all! It’s so simple to do, and I’ll show you how.

Materials needed:

See-through ruler, seam gauge, scissors, and pins.

You’ll also need some lining material, following the yardage listed on the pattern. Cotton flannel is a good choice because it’s so soft and comfy. In addition, you’ll need all the supplies listed on the back of the pattern.

Tutorial for Lining Harem Pants

Cut out the lining exactly as you would cut out the pants, referring to the pattern instructions. After both lining and pants are cut out, use a ruler to measure and a pen to mark the hem allowance (1 ½”) at the waist of the lining pieces ONLY.

Tutorial for Lining Harem Pants

Cut off the 1 ½” hem allowance at the waist of the lining pieces ONLY.

Tutorial for Lining Harem Pants

Mark the hem allowance (3/4”) of the pant ankles on the lining pieces ONLY. 

Tutorial for Lining Harem Pants

Cut off the ¾” hem allowance of the pant ankles on the lining pieces ONLY.

Tutorial for Lining Harem Pants

Unlike in the instructions, you won’t be using French seams to sew the pants together, so disregard the seams section in the pattern instructions. Pin pants front to back RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER along side seams and inner leg seam. Sew with ½” seams. Press seams open. Clip seam allowance every inch or so around inner leg curve. Repeat with pants lining.

Tutorial for Lining Harem Pants

With pants still inside out, press waist and ankle hems under as written in the pattern instructions.   Do NOT attempt to press the hems of the lining, since you’ve already cut them off.

Tutorial for Lining Harem Pants

Turn the pants lining right side out. With the main fabric pants still inside out, slip the pants inside the lining so that wrong sides are touching. Unfold the pant hems. The raw edges of the lining should fit right into the creases you pressed in the last step. 

Tutorial for Lining Harem Pants

Refold the waist and ankle hems over the raw eges of the lining and pin in place.   Follow the pattern instructions for edgestitching the hems and inserting elastic into the waistband. 

Tutorial for Lining Harem Pants

All done! Now your kids be comfy AND warm while climbing all over your furniture.