Bauhaus Self-Draft Kimono


The extraordinary colourful fabric I used to make this self-draft kimono was found in my local fabric shop. It's lawn cotton and I think is by Peter Horton Fabrics, however I there is no imprint on the selvedge and I can't find it on the Peter Horton Fabrics website. The pattern looks very much like Liberty's iconic Bauhaus furnishing fabric designed in 1972 by Collier Campbell. 


Both this and Collier Campbell's fabric are undoubtedly influenced by Gunta Stölzl's complex tapestry Schlitzgobelin Rot-Grün (Red-Green Slit Tapestry). Stölzl was a German textile artist who played a fundamental role in the development of the Bauhaus school’s weaving workshop. She was head of the faculty from 1925-1931 and developed it to become one of the school’s most successful facilities. Stölzl applied ideas from modern art and mathematics to her practice and set a precedent for industrial weaving and dyeing in the late 1920s. 

Bauhaus Women by Ulrike Müller
Bauhaus Women by Ulrike Müller
Gunta Stölzl as seen in Bauhaus Women by Ulrike Müller
Gunta Stölzl 1897-1983
Gunta Stölzl's drawings and ideas for textiles
Stölzl drafted a great many sketches in preparation for
her weaving, tapestries and wall hangings

My simple kimono pattern is self-drafted by measuring and tracing around a favourite well worn and washed H&M kimono. 


Self drafting a kimono

Pinterest has dozens of simple self-draft kimono pins (some of which claim to take 30 minutes to make) which are useful as a guide, but I found this Madebyaya video most instructive.

Bauhaus Kimono by Ivy Arch

The border panel is cut from patched together pieces of Japanese indigo cotton fabric, left over from making this Gather One-Piece dress.

Kimono border panel

Stitching detail

My finished kimono cover-up is simple, colourful and a perfectly clashes with all my printed dresses.

Not quite ready for my close up!
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