Inspired by the traditional Japanese Kimono, this jacket has a few modifications that make it more practical for everyday wear. The shoulders are slightly dropped so there is freedom of movement in the shoulder and underarm area. The kimono sleeves are slightly smaller around and are shortened just a bit so they won’t get into things when you reach for something. Instead of the traditional band at the neckline, we opted for a gentle jewel-neck which makes it easier to select a blouse to wear underneath the jacket. Can be made in pieced version as shown or in a single fabric as assembly method is to cut pieces and stitch together -- and then cut the garment section from the pieced section.
OK, on to all the things I don't have room to say on the back cover . . .
This is such an easy pattern and incredibly versatile. It works well as a quilted jacket with extra innerlining, it works great in soft fabrics like rayons, it works beautifully in crisp fabrics like linen and it's fabulous is sheer fabrics and lace.
You will need a rotary cutter, ruler and mat (or some other way to cut rectangles to a specified dimension). You cut all the various rectangles, assembly the 'whole-cloth', THEN cut the pattern from the larger pieced fabric. The pattern itself is a one-piece front, one-piece back (cut on fold) and one-piece sleeve (plus the cuff) . . . . . so that should tell you that you don't have to follow the measurements provided for all the various rectangles . . . if you have a fabulous panel or fabric you want to showcase, you can put fabrics together any way you wish, then just cut the pattern from your 'whole-cloth' fabric.
The hemline is straight, so it very easy to lengthen the pattern if you prefer a longer length. The shoulder seam is off-set just enough to balance the dropped armhole. There really is nothing to 'fit', and because the sleeves are wrist length -- and you add the cuff at the very end (after the lining), it would be easy to tweak the sleeve length as well. Don't let all that make you think you shouldn't make a quick test garment, though!