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)
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.
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.