This is one of those times where the pictures don't do the garment justice. I love this kimono. I oringially bought the fabric which is a heavy viscose to make a Bettine, but as soon as I saw it it had to be a kimono. The weight of the fabric is perfect, I think you need a bit of weight for this pattern.
The pattern is Vogue 1493 and it is described as Advanced, so not one for beginner sewers, unlike most kimonos. I loved this pattern as soon as I saw it on the McCalls Youtube vlog, and I would love to copy the version on the cover in the future.
I cut my usual size medium and didn't make any changes other than taking the length up at the waist by 2".
So what makes it an advanced sew? Mostly the sleeves, which are definitely fiddly at both of the points (top and bottom of the cuff), but this is the detail which I love. I would recommend starting sewing at the top of the cuff so that you get the neatest part where it shows. For some reason my sleeve seemed a little big for the cuff so I would check that another time.
I made the sleeve cuffs and front facing from contrasting heavy crepe de chine. I cut the facing from one piece rather than two and only interfaced half, because the crepe de chine is heavy and I wanted to reduce the thickness a little.
The seams are hong-kong bound. My bias was a little cheap and nasty and I would definitely try and find a better quality another time.
Another of the difficult elements was binding the side slits around the corners. I didn't bind the arm holes because I thought it would be a little thick.
When I bought the black silk I was given an extra half metre because of sellotape marks and manged to squeeze a New Look 6483 to match. I got this pattern free with Sew Magazine and I think it is a great basic pattern. The fit is great with a nice shape. I cut a size 14, raised the waist by 1", narrowed the shoulders to a size 12, reduced the length by 1/4" because of fabric constraints. I used a bias facing on the neck and arms rather than full facings, this works better with a weighty silk and because of the weight I didn't use French seams.
This is a great staple, and there will be more. Free pattern, free fabric, what could be better?
So two successful sews, just sorry that I don't think the weather will be good enough for much longer to enjoy them, as its time for Autumn sewing now.