Butterick 6331 - Kimono Trench Jacket

This jacket is made of a vintage kimono. I changed the kimono sleeves from the original pattern; (Butterick6331)
Butterick 6331 sewing pattern

Butterick 6331
It's been a while since I've posted my blog, but I continued to make things. Butterick 6331 has four options (Jacket; two sleeves and pants; two length variations), and I chose view B. I've  made a kimono jacket before (Simplicity 1318 Samurai Jacket for women), but this was the first time I've made a kimono trench!
Butterick 6331
I bought the paper crane-patterned kimono last year. I considered making a long length trench coat, but I didn't have the full yardage. In general, vintage kimonos are very small and were made over 50 years ago. Women in the past were shorter than nowadays. I had to squeeze the pattern pieces onto the fabric and barely cut them.

Here's the tutorials: how to make a kimono sleeve↓

Butterick 6331 pattern review
Copy and trace over the front sleeve pattern. Cut out.
※ I shortened the sleeve length.

Butterick 6331 pattern review
Divide into two parts. Cut and open by 10 centimetres (3 4/5 inches).
Butterick 6331 pattern review
Set the sleeve pattern on the other sheet with tape like the picture. Repeat the steps for the back sleeve pattern.

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I added the shoulder straps on both shoulders and made the pleat on the back. The most difficult part was the placement of the cranes on the jacket. My mother-in-law (she was a kimono tailor) thinks the same is true of making a kimono. However, making a kimono has some different aspects from making clothes, for example, you should arrange the biggest impact print is on one shoulder. I arranged the placement of the cranes asymmetrically on the left and right while looking at the overall balance.
I like Butterick 6331, but I have some complaints. It doesn't have a lining pattern, also the location of the pocket at around tummy looks a little odd.
Butterick 6331
I wanted to make other options (pants) too, but I will make them some other time. I think the jacket pattern matches khaki cotton! It will be a great military jacket. I really love this style, and the jacket goes well with the memade fringe earrings.
Fabric: Vintage Silk Kimono
Total Time Spent: 12 hours

One thing! Am I like a cosplayer? Haha!

17 comments

  1. What a refashion of fabric! I love what you did with this jacket. I too have that pattern but I haven't decided what to make with it. I really like the look with the shirt you paired it with too.

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    1. Thank you Shirley! I'm glad that I bought the pattern-love it. I am looking forward to seeing yours. Your fabric is always perfect😉

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  2. Wow! What a beautiful jacket. Your sleeve alteration makes it so much better. Lovely outfit.

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    1. Thaaaank you so much Lori! I appreciate that😊💕

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  3. What a stunning jacket Eli. I love the fabric and your sleeves are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much Diane! I love the way it looks in the Autumn🍂😊

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  4. that is so gorgeous - you are really clever with your refashions.

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    1. Many thanks to Beth! Your comment is so sweet😊

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  5. Oh I love it and the fabric is wonderful.

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    1. Thanks so much Josephine!'m very pleased😊

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  6. I think you did a great job placing the crane motives in good spots! I think it's similar with Western clothes as well, sometimes it's difficult to place the patterns on the fabric so the motives wouldn't look strange, like a single flower on one boob for example... *^V^* Or, when you use the checkered fabric.
    Anyway, I like your version of the jacket, it has a strong woman impact, with the epaulettes and big collar. I like the comparison of you wearing the kimono and a jacket, it shows how the same fabric can change the outfit. Great job!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words, Joanna! I really love the fabric, and it's so unique. My thoughts about the print placement has changed since I started making a kimono. I take a step back and look at the whole fabric and the overall balance before cutting the fabric. I thought I had to match the plaids perfectly, but I think it depends on the fabric now. Thanks to kimonos, I discovered a lot. I can't wait to see your new project.

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  7. Oh my goodness, this is absolutely gorgeous. I love your kimono sleeve adaption of this jacket, and so grateful for your tutorial on how to adapt the sleeve. I want to copy your wonderful idea, but I don't think I have time for everything! You really have done a wonderful job, and the pattern placement of the cranes is perfect. I guess that in traditional kimono making there are lots of rules aobut where to place patterns - no doubt all steeped in tradition and symbolism.

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    1. I missed you comment! Anyway, many thanks to Sarah! I am happy to hear that. The pattern placement of the cranes was tricky a little, but It was really worth it. Your comment is always encouraging me.

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  8. This Kimono jacket stopped me in my tracks!! It is so gorgeous!! You did a wonderful job inside and out!

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    1. Thank you so much Vanessa! I am glad you said so:)))

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  9. Such a cool remake Eli! I love how you kept the spirit of the original kimono intact with the sleeves, plus I think this fabric has such great body that a narrower sleeve would not do justice to. Pattern placement is tricky--I think the crane is in a really smart spot--subtle asymmetry is elegant!

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