Sewist’s Name: Frani Boberg from Farmville, North Carolina
Type of Project: Garment
Pattern: Simplicity 5314
Featured Date: 5-4-23
Hi, I’m Frani and this is the front and back of my prize winning quilted variation on a kimono. I used a basic Simplicity pattern and embellished it with this beautiful damask. I modified the Simplicity 5314 kimono pattern. I drafted the ruff, sleeve, and hem bands. I vertically quilted it on my little Janome prior to construction. It has side seam pockets. The back has pleats with 2″ buttonholes for the belt to pass through. I tried conventional quilting but my background is apparel design and construction so this suited both quilting and sewing skills, as well.
It was intended for a Hoffman Challenge but I managed to miss the deadline! It won a first place in the 2021 NC State Fair. It is currently, along with two other pieces of my work, in a small gallery in my hometown of Farmville, North Carolina.
My love of all things fabric and sewn started while I was a child. Mom used to let me practice making things on her machine. Things really took off when I took Home Ec as a high school freshman. I attended and completed apparel design while my two daughters were completing their college degrees.
Currently, I’m working on a Lorax quilted wall hanging for my niece’s first child. My brain is sorting out how to do my third quilted kimono using Kaffe fabrics.
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Frani, that is absolutely GORGEOUS. I can see all the quality work you put into it. You deserve every award you’ve gotten on this beautiful kimono!