Florence Kimono – Take 1


I am taking part in the 2016 Quarter 2 Finish-A-Long, and one of the projects I listed that I wanted to finish was the Florence Kimono by Sew Caroline.

I wasn’t sure whether or not Florence was a style I would like to wear, though, so the first one I made was more of a muslin, and I used some old Daisy Kingdom fabric from my stash.  I had also never sewn with French seams before, and I love the finish they give a garment!

I was a little nervous sewing the seams with the wrong sides together – it is so counterintuitive for someone who has been sewing their whole life!


But look how pretty they ended up being – outside the kimono AND inside!

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The only thing I don’t like about this pattern is that the fabric reminds me of hospital scrubs, but since it is functioning more or less as a muslin, I don’t mind.

I really do like the fit of this pattern, and I am definitely going to make another!  I have some beautiful fabric with more drape, and I haven’t been able to figure out what to make with it – I think it will be perfect for another Florence!


I made the mid-length (hip) version, but it also is available in a short, cropped version and knee length, as well!  So versatile!


So, with this project, I have finished three projects off my Finish-A-Long Quarter 2 Project List, and I am close to finishing several more!  I am a happy camper!  Apparently the FAL was just what I needed to motivate me to get stuff finished!

Linking up at Made by You  Monday, Show & Tell Link Party, Wow Me Wednesday, Whoop Whoop Fridays, Finish it up Friday, Friday Finds Link Party, and Show off Saturday.

6 thoughts on “Florence Kimono – Take 1

  1. Oh, my dear….the things you don’t remember. One of the very first things you learned was how to sew French seams. You were making pillow cases for Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas. I decided it was a good skill for you to learn, so I had you used them instead of an overcast stitch. It is also one of the first things Erika learned and the black and gold book bag Tymek made has French seams. A few months ago Missy Reagan cut out a bag which, if she sews it, will have them. I love the finished look of them…..proud of you for trying. 😎

    1. LOL, well I can’t be held accountable for remembering something I did 30+ years ago, ha ha ha! I do have to thank you – if it weren’t for your patience, knowledge, and guidance, I would not have the skills and love of sewing that I have today. I blame you, and that’s a GREAT thing. Love you, Mom!

  2. Brilliant make! And love your reintroduction to French seams! Thank you for participating in the 2016FAL, on behalf of all the hosts

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