Asaka Kimono Dress v2 (Pattern Review)

I love a good kimono dress pattern. And I made my second iteration of the Asaka Robe Dress pattern from Named while testing some fabric for Minerva*. I made this before (link here) so, I’ve made a few additional modifications to this version ( please see below for details).

Pattern: Asaka Rob Dress pattern from Named: Characteristics of the pattern: a) Open-front robe dress with wide-cut sleeves, b) Two-piece sleeve with a deep vent c) Relaxed fit d) Long belt wraps twice around the waist. The pattern is available in both paper and PDF.

Sizing: EUR 32 – 50 (US 0 – 18 / UK 4 – 22)

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Fabric: 3 m royal blue papertouch cotton poplin* and cotton poplin navy blue 1 m or less ( I had some leftovers that I used for my dress)

Notions: none

Modifications: I shortened the sleeves by 8 cm when I cut the sleeve pieces, I used a 2 cm seam allowance all the way up on on the split seam. I used the inseam pocket pieces for the Solina pattern from Breaking the Pattern book by Named designers and added them 5 cm below the positioning of the belt loops on the side seam.

Instructions: I do not really use the instructions apart from checking the seam allowances. The instruction booklet for this pattern is well written and includes all information needed for a novice in garment construction. There are plenty of diagrams to help understand each step and plenty of information that explains the techniques and terms used.

Fit: lose

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: yes

Watch out for: think about how you will finish the raw edges on the sleeve above the opening. I added 1 cm to that part of the sleeve pattern and topstitched either side of the seam along the whole length of the seam.

Make Again?: yes. I’m thinking of maybe making another one, adding length the skirt to make it into a maxi kimono dress in a sheer/see through fabric.

With this pattern, I really like the split sleeve. I feel that it elevates the dress and adds a little detail that is simple but effective.


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