I’ve just finished making the Burda Style Kimono 109 pattern from the December 2019 issue and I’m really pleased with how well it has turned out! I practically live in robes so since we’re working from home at the moment, I wanted to wear something more spring appropriate.
I’ve never used any of the Burda style patterns before and so I found tracing the patterns from the magazine a bit of a challenge, because it can be quite hard to read. But once I got the hang of it, I traced everything I needed out. I made a size 38 which fits really lovely as it’s meant to be a loose fitting, Kimono style. The fabric is a smooth, drapey, floral viscose that I bought in bulk from Wholesale Fabrics, so it was relatively cheap. I chose a complimentary coloured pink for the piping as I thought it would be nice to bring out the pink in the flowers.
This sewing pattern was easy to make, however I’m more of a visual learner, so I generally need to see photos instead of only following written instructions and I found the very bare-bone instructions hard to visualise the construction techniques – especially when sewing the piping as I’d never done that before. So I thought it would be useful for me to add a little tutorial on how I managed to sew the piping onto the sleeve band – it’s not as scary as you think!
How to sew piping tutorial
You will need any coloured piping that matches your fabric or even contrasts! – I bought mine from amazon and it worked really well. This tutorial specifically shows adding piping to a sleeve band, but you can use this technique on any part of the garment.
Baste the piping tape on the edge on the sleeve hem. This should be on the right side of the fabric. Position the piping tape so the piping roll lies on the garment piece and the flat band on the seam allowance of the sleeve.
Baste or pin the sleeve band on top of the sleeve hem, right sides together and sandwiching the piping in between.
Stitch along the piping using an invisible zipper foot, as it allows you to get really close. If you find there’s a gap between the piping and fabric after you have stitched, just stitch again but closer to the piping roll.
Neaten seam allowances together with overlocker, zig zag stitch or pinking shears and press!