Named Clothing Beryl Bomber Dress - Kimono and Military

Are you ready for fall? I made two dresses: Black kimono dress and khaki military dress.

I have very happy news to share with you. "Pattern Review" has featured me in their blog! Named clothing pattern company went and released their autumn collection: Pattern Review has posted the review about these patterns (here)

I made two different types of dress using "Beryl Bomber Dress" of them. I like the dress pattern the best but love some others too. Let's take a look.

Agate Pencil Dress: Lovely! I would like to make it with a shiny fabric, satin, velvet, etc.

Gaia Quilted Coat: I like the cocoon shaped and the big collar. If I make it, I would like to use wool plaids. But I have lots of coat patterns, mmm....

Stella Shirt Dress: The pattern has two options for a top and dress. I will buy it because don't have any raglan sleeve shirt patterns. I'm sure it's useful for making a business for casual clothing.

Move on, my pattern review. I used heavyweight poly cotton. Look, lots of snakes! I thought it was too busy to make a dress, but it turned out to be better than I had expected.

 
It's a very unique pattern: Ribbed collar, exposed front zipper, elastic waist band, side-front patched pockets, ¾-length sleeves, etc. I cut a size 36. I almost didn't change the design but raised the waistline by only 1 inch.



Second version. I made the dress out of a black silk kimono from a second-hand kimono store. I took the kimono apart and washed it, so that it was completely transformed. It was only 600 Japanese yen ($6). The black kimonos are often worn for wedding ceremonies by married female relatives of the bride or groom. If I bought a new one like this from a department store, it would be around 100,000 - 1,000,000 Japanese yen ($1,000-10,000).
I wanted to wear it in two ways: like a dress and light coat. I omitted to make the vent in the front skirt, so I used an open-end zipper (27 3/4 inches in the length) instead of. I think this way is easier than making a vent.
I love downloadable pdf sewing patterns, because the cost of shipping to Japan is so high. Overall, I really really love this pattern. It can be used with either lightweight or heavyweight fabric.
Thank you for reading. Have a good weekend!

Fabric: Khaki Military Dress 50" 2 1/2yd
Total Time Spent: 13 hours





50 comments

  1. I really love both! Fantastic.

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    1. Thank you tracy for visiting my blog!

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  2. Oh my word! I adore both of these! I may need to get this bomber dress pattern because it just spans that gap between casual and dressy so well and can be dressed up or down.
    I think perhaps the kimono fabric version is my favourite as the border print is gorgeous. Though the snake pattern is so different too. Fabulous!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Diane! I really recommend this pattern to everyone:) I love your bomber jacket on IG, and it's my favourite project of yours.

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  3. Sewing Cappuccino9/15/2017

    Oh my goodness, I love both dresses. So stylish!

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    1. Thank you for commenting Sewing Cappuccino!

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  4. Wow what a find on the kimono. Clearly I need to come to Japan--a secondhand kimono store sounds like a total wonderland! The bomber dress has such cool style. I love the vertical placement of the snakes--it reminds me of a Marimekko print, and the changes you made on the silk version make for a cool blend of this kind of urban style with something more elegant.

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    1. Thank you for your compliment Elizabeth! Iam very pleased. If you have a chance to visit Japan, I recommend that you go to secondhand kimono store. You can get a kimono in cheap price👘

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  5. I really like the style of this dress! I haven't bought a Named pattern in a while, but I definitely like the new release of patterns. I love following your blog. It's so interesting learning about Japan through you. One day....I hope to come to Japan. I would love to see your country and indulge in fabric shopping too of course! That is an amazing savings at the second hand kimono store! Your fabrics you choose for your outfits are always fabulous.

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    1. Thank you Shirley for your kind words! I am glad that you said that. I think Japan is island nation and has unique culture. I love your country too and have been to there over 10 times. But I can't speak English well😩 Someday I would like to see you and talk to you😄

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  6. I love especially the kimono dress-coat! The fabric is also very nice.
    Regards from Holland,
    Mar10

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    1. Thank you for reading de DIY Diva! I am glad that you read my blog from Holland🌸

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  7. Absolutely stunning. I love your idea of making it into a coat. I think I may have to do that. That kimono fabric is just gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Deepika! I love the coat version and would love to make another one. I am happy to hear from you😄

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  8. You made amazing versions of this pattern! I especially love your jacket/dress version made out of the kimono fabric!

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    1. Thank you so much Alli! I really love the jacket/dress version. I am looking forward to seeing your new project😺

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  9. Love both of these! I especially like how you used the kimono print on the dress-beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Eileensews! You are so kind. I am glad that you like them.

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  10. I am so not ready for Autumn... But I know I'll have to be soon, when I go back to Poland, it's cold and Autumn to the fullest there. *^v^*
    I like both your versions of the dress, the military one is interesting because of the fabric, the snakes in the khaki shades feels very Autumn theme like. The silk dress is very elegant and it's great it can be worn as a coat, you could wear it with jeans or black trousers, very versatile!
    Congatulations on being featured on Pattern Reviews blog! Named Clothing has some eye-catching patterns, I never tried a printed from pdf pattern but maybe I will try it with this brand. *^v^*

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Joanna! Your comment is encouraging me as always(*^^*) I was really glad that I got burda style from you. I will make some projects from it. I am looking forward to seeing your project for autumn- painting too!

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  11. Always so tedious living here in Australia. We seem to be behind all of you in the Northern Hemisphere. And seeing this Bomber Dress is why. It is just so gorgeous - and your two versions, are beautiful, so different. Your silk kimono version is just so special, while the poly cotton will be a great everyday dress. And your sewing is also beautiful- you certainly deserve to be featured on Pattern Review's blog.

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    1. Thanks a lot for your sweet comment Sarah! I am very pleased. I love Australia and have been there (Sydney and Cairns) before. It's a very nice memory:) I agree with you, both dresses are completely different. I will wear them a lot.

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  12. This is the first Named pattern I bought, I love the idea of a bomber dress, very cool and casual. The kimono fabric is beautiful and I like how the snakes are going around the zipper on your other dress:)

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    1. Thank you visiting my blog facutinsufragerie! I love the pattern and recommend it. It was tricky to match the snakes. But it was worth it:)

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  14. Both dresses are beautiful. I love the one with the red! Congratulations on being featured in Pattern Review. It is certainly well-deserved!

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    1. Thank you Tomasa for your sweet comment! I am happy to hear from you! I am glad that you like them:)

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  15. oh my, I loved reading about both of your versions! Truly beautiful work! I love all your makes!

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    1. Thank you so much Sue Parrott! I really love your works. I look forward to seeing you new project!

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  16. Both versions look amazing! I love how you can style it as a dress and a coat.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Let's Get Sewing! I love the coat version and would love to make it again😄

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  17. I LOVE both dresses so much!!! Your choice of fabric is always amazing! I really appreciate the yardage and time spent on your creations. I always feel like my things take longer than they should, but you have a fair amount of time in yours too, so maybe I'm not doing as bad as I thought.

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    1. Thank you for commenting Janie Jones! I am glad you said that. I sometimes use these information as a memorandum. I usually make a garment while watching TV or Movie, so I understand the time spent. I especially love American drama and watched all episodes of Law and Order last week😅

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  18. Both dresses look amazing. My favorite is the kimono one - the fabric is so gorgeous. I can't believe just how expensive they are in department stores. It's great that you can make them yourself. Congratulations on being featured. You are truly talented.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Olivia! I am pleased.
      Brand-new kimonos are really expensive. Most of used-kimonos are tossed into the bottom drawer long long time. They are dirty and dusty, and too SMALL (People in old times are short!) to wear. I don't care abou that😁

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  19. Love them both! Your pattern matching is perfect!

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    1. Thank you Georgia! I'm proud of them😺

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  20. waoo nice post about "Named Clothing Beryl Bomber Dress - Kimono and Military"

    Thanks,

    Crude Oil Trading Tips

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  21. I am quiet new to sewing so it good to know where to find modern pattetns . I love the dresses you made amazing fabric choice. I wonder if the waist detail is difficult to sew. Thanks for sharing dropdeaf gorgeous ddg

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    1. Thank you so much for your compliment! I am very pleased.
      I think making the vent is more tricky than the elastic waist. However, you can omit to make it😃 Happy sewing!

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  22. Both of these are beautiful, but am especially drawn to the kimono dress/jacket. Love the way you styled this as a jacket and the fabric is stunning. Your photos are always gorgeous! :)

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    1. Thanks a lot, Lisa! I am happy to hear from you. I will make the dress/jacket version again😺

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  23. Lovely love them both

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  24. well written post about NAMED CLOTHING BERYL BOMBER DRESS - KIMONO AND MILITARY

    Thanks,

    NIOS Admission 10th 2018

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  25. Anonymous10/05/2017

    Oh, I found your wonderfull dress, the kimono version and thought I should imitate it. Thanks for the great inspiration. Mema (http://www.von-mema.de/2017/10/04/named-clothing-beryl-bomber-dress/)

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Mema! I will check your blog:)

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