Papercut Patterns Kochi Kimono

Papercut Patterns Kochi Kimono | Grainline Studio

When you’ve been in the indie pattern business for a while, as I have, you start to get to know many of the other pattern designers and eventually some of them become friends. One goal I’ve had for myself this year is to sew up a few patterns from my pattern designer friends, starting with this Papercut Patterns Kochi Kimono!

Papercut Patterns Kochi Kimono | Grainline Studio

I’ve been a fan of Katie’s for a long time, she has great drafting and her styles are so unique and fun. This past June while I was teaching at Soul Craft she happened to be in Melbourne and we got the chance to meet up which was amazing! Katie is funny, smart, sweet and I had the best time hanging out with her. I left feeling really sad that we live half the world away from each other.

Papercut Patterns Kochi Kimono | Grainline Studio

So now let’s talk about this Kochi Kimono! I think you can probably tell from the photos that it’s gotten a lot of wear since I made it this spring. I love wearing it when I’m working around the studio because the sleeve length is my preferred length so that they don’t get in my way working, and the generous pockets are just right for toting my supplies around with me.

Papercut Patterns Kochi Kimono | Grainline Studio

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I made what you could call either Variation 1 without the ties or Variation 3 with pockets. My fabric is navy silk noil purchased at Stonemountain & Daughter and I love how it feels, and the weight and drape with the pattern is perfect. I also can’t get enough of how the fabric has faded similarly to denim over the stitching and seam allowances. I always joke that I have the ability to make an evening gown casual and this silk is no exception to that.

Papercut Patterns Kochi Kimono | Grainline Studio

I absolutely love this pattern and have two more silk noils waiting for the moment I have time to make more. I highly recommend this pattern and if you haven’t made one yet, hop on it!

My next Papercut pattern is going to be the Sapporo Coat once I find the perfect fabric. Have you tried the Kochi Kimono or the Sapporo Coat? What other Papercut patterns should I be making?

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19 replies on “Papercut Patterns Kochi Kimono

  • PsychicSewerKathleen

    I’m a huge fan of Papercut patterns (as I am of Grainline too 🙂 ) I’ve made up her Ooh La Leggings which are amazing for getting a great fit and her Saiph Tunic which I have yet to get back to for tweaking the fit. I have her Sapporo pattern too but didn’t get around to making it in the spring and I just love the shape of this coat so I’m looking forward to seeing how you make yours and what fabric you settle on! I have a couple of others too like the Amaori Twist Top waiting in the wings. Love the idea of making up a Kimono in raw silk! I never would have thought of raw silk but you’re so right, raw silk has just the right drape and casual nubbiness but lushish vibe that a kimono suits so well.

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  • Erin

    Lovely jacket /post, as usual! Quick question (sorry if I’ve missed this elsewhere), but where did you get your shoes? I have been looking for something similar. Thanks!

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  • Shannon

    The Kochi Kimono is the second pattern I ever made, just after the Hemlock tee 🙂
    It’s the perfect beginner pattern, all straight lines and practically impossible to get the fit wrong. And so versatile!! So nice to see independent business owners supporting one another. We’ll keep doing the same (looking to tackle the Farrow this fall!)

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    • Jen

      Aww yes! I also wear my Kimono & Hemlock together a bit so I like that those are two easy patterns that beginners can tackle. And yeah a lot of us are pretty good friends so it’s cool to get to support each others businesses!

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  • mere2007

    What a great piece … I LOVE the look of that silk noil – how do you think it would work for Uniform (new to sewing here … no experience with PaperCuts to share, but apparently, I should try their patterns!)

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    • Jen

      Hmmm, good question, I hadn’t thought of using it for the Uniform prior to this. I think it would work out pretty well, particularly for the straight skirt / long sleeved combo. I wonder if it might be a bit thick to be layered on the side seams of the apron skirt, but it could be fine.

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  • Joanne

    I thought it was denim before I read that it was silk. I absolutely love every version I’ve seen of this jacket and I’ve got one cut out and waiting for me to sew (except for one of the ties, which I have to piece together as I was a bit short on fabric). My favorite papercut pattern is definitely the Anima pant. I’ve made 3 pairs from rayon knits and I have worn them to death so I have to make more.

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    • Jen

      I never really thought it looked like denim until I saw these photos and I love it even more now. I really want to make one with the ties also, I find I’m often wishing I could close mine so good call on that. Also the Anima pant is awesome! I made a pair that I wore to death and they’re on my “to make” list again! I love the idea of a rayon knit, I might copy that as I did a thin French terry which is great for winter but rayon would be so nice!

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  • ElaineChicago

    I really like both of these patterns! Did you purchase them down on Lincoln Ave or mail order from Stone Mountain or somewhere else?

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