Summer is nearly over here, so what better way is there to extend it’s vibe than sewing up this tropical sunset print?
This must be one of the longest term residents of my fabric stash, so I’m relieved to finally have it out of storage and into the wardrobe. Truth be told, I purchased this fabric when I was fifteen years old while on a family holiday to Fiji. I remember falling in love with the colours, and I guess the choice of kitschy tropical sunset print could be excused as a souvenir fabric.
I have no excuse for the fact this fabric is 100% polyester though, other than pure ignorance at the time! As a general rule I don’t buy polyester fabrics because summer here is too humid to comfortably survive wearing them. This kimono is strictly three-season.
While on the never-ending hunt for the perfect silk print, impatient me decided to test out my new kimono pattern in this poly print. My polyester phobia proved unfounded, as this fabric sewed and pressed well with hardly a pucker to be seen.
I sewed this one up on my industrial machine, using french seams throughout and enclosing all other seams within the bands.
While I was sewing this I couldn’t help but revisit that Fiji family holiday in my mind. This fabric for me conjures up images of Nadi market stalls, sipping Blue Lagoons by the pool, and snorkelling amongst tropical fish around Treasure Island.
I must have been sewing quite a bit by this stage as I made the pink strapless dress, the white shirt, and the blue floral dress in all these photos!
There are so many fond memories associated with this fabric, this kimono is going to make me smile every time I put it on!