Well, it happened to me while browsing my IG feed. I saw this. And this. Amazing, right? And so I started
So of course when she posted the tester call for her first pattern, I pounced on it right away. I had seen kimono patterns before, but none caught my eye the way this one did. They're all really lovely, of course. But this was different. It was the back detail. Love those gathers.
That said, I also love the front. It's like a Japanese "happi", which is worn during festivals, so for me it has a celebratory association. And while looking that up, I learned that happi are often worn with a matching headband. Go figure. Might have to work on that one, ha ha.
For my tester version, pictured above and immediately below, I wanted to choose some cheerful colors, so I went with a Lisette knit that my good friend brought back for me after a trip to Oz (thank you, Beth).
The instructions are impeccable, and the pictures (I confess, I am totally a photo instruction kinda gal) are perfect, too. Very beginner friendly. I know I rave about the patterns I've tested, but I really do love the ones I have talked about on this blog. I believe I have been honest about any difficulties I have had or adjustments I have made.
The Fishtail Kimono comes in a large size range (XXS to XXL) and can be made in either woven or knit. I made several in knits and also made one in a lightweight woven, which I believe was very similar to a cotton lawn. I made the size XS for my daughters, and as you can see below, it is a little big on my 2-yo but fits my 4-yo quite well.
The one on the left is in a lightweight jersey knit and the one on the right is in the woven. I got them both for a bargain price at a shop in Fabric Town in Nippori here in Tokyo. I made the button with a loop for the white one and did my own thing by adding ties to the blue one.
Now I will leave you with this latest one, which is possibly my favoritest (yes, that's a word -- sorta) of them all:
I made this version with some beautiful knit from Nosh fabrics. Isn't it amazing? As far as I can see, it's not available anymore, but check out their other star prints here. My daughter didn't want to take it off.
If you want to see some other lovely versions by some of the other fabulous testers, check out this excellent review by Melissa of Rebel & Malice here. She goes into all the details you want to know -- and then some!!
And Candice has made a pretty Disney-inspired version here. I know if my daughters see it, they will want one for themselves!
Andreia has (as always) made an amazing one for her daughter here. Isn't her daughter not the sweetest girl ever?
And Indu made not just one, but two!! super cute ones for her daughter. Have a look!
Finally, check out Cindy's version here!! I love seeing it on an older girl. Really makes me want to make one for myself, ha ha.
You can get the pattern on the Chalk and Notch website here. (Did you see that teaser she has up? I cannot wait to see what is "coming soon"!!!) Definitely go visit the site because it looks fabulous!
Thanks for visiting :)