Vogue Patterns V1493 kimono jacket sewing pattern by Koos van den Akker. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Vogue Patterns V1493 kimono jacket by Koos van den Akker is one of our bestselling patterns right now. With so many of you planning to make this pattern, we thought it might be helpful to share some tips and photos of the actual designer garment.

Tip #1: Choose your pattern size based on how much ease you want in your kimono jacket. If you want a decent amount of ease and a roomy fit, then I’d recommend going with your normal Vogue Patterns size. I wanted less ease in my kimono jacket (I’m sewing this too!) so I chose to cut a smaller size in this pattern than I normally sew. I’m very happy with the fit. But ease is a personal thing, so do what’s right for you.

Tip #2: This kimono jacket also looks great as is, without the floral appliqués and crisscrossing ribbons. My fabric is some kind of rayon blend jacquard in seafoam, with a tone-on-tone raised japonaise motif. I consulted with our design team here and was advised to keep it simple. (Translation: I walked into Carlos’s office, showed him my fabric swatch, and asked “yes or no to the ribbons and appliqués.” He took one look and said no, and I thanked him for saving me a lot of time.)

Tip #3: The original designer jacket is made of a textured, medium-weight rayon fabric—it’s more substantial than you might suspect. The design works in lighter fabrics too, but I think those tulip-banded sleeves will hang just a tad better in medium-weight, drapey fabrics.

Ok, now let’s take a closer look at the original designer jacket:

Vogue Patterns V1493 kimono jacket sewing pattern by Koos van den Akker. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

The pocket and the side vents. You can choose to finish the seams however you like, but don’t they look chic as Hong Kong seams?

Vogue Patterns V1493 kimono jacket sewing pattern by Koos van den Akker. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

The shoulder and sleeve area, inside jacket view.

Vogue Patterns V1493 kimono jacket sewing pattern by Koos van den Akker. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Front band showing the stitched-on bias bands.

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Are you sewing this jacket? How’s it going? I’ve sewn everything up to the sleeves, but have to put it aside this weekend to make a quick baby quilt. More to come!