WHAT YOU NEED
1.5 - 2 Yards of Fabric
Sewing Machine or Needle & Thread
HOW TO MAKE IT
First, choose a good fabric. Many kimonos in stores are made from sheer, floaty fabrics because they're light and hang nicely, which is what this look is about. They're often polyester, though, and not very breathable. I wanted something I could wear comfortably in the summer heat so I made this from a lightweight jersey knit. The most important thing is choosing a fabric that drapes well, so see what you like at the fabric store (rayon, jersey and other apparel fabrics are a good place to start).
|I got this one at Joann Fabrics.|
Next, you need to cut the fabric to size. This will vary depending on how big you want the kimono. I went with a piece measuring 45" wide and 60" long. If you want a longer/shorter kimono, adjust the 60" side; if you want a wider/narrower one, adjust the 45" side.
|Decide what size you want and cut away!|
Once you're happy with the size, lay down your fabric, right side up, and fold it from top to bottom. In my case, this gives me a piece that is 45" wide and 30" long. Now, fold it in half again from left to right. Mine is now 22.5" wide and 30" long. Put a pin in the fabric at the top left corner.
|This is the only corner with no open edge.|
Next, we want to cut ONE layer of the fabric. At the bottom left corner (opposite the pin) cut straight along the edge until you reach the pin. You only want to cut the top layer of fabric here. This cut will become the opening to your kimono.
|I'm cutting TOWARD the pin we put in.|
|Did I stress this enough?|
Remove the pin and rearrange the fabric so that you have a doubled over rectangle with a slit down the center front, like below (yours should be inside out).
Measure about 10" down the left side of your fabric, starting at the top corner. Place a pin at that point and continue to pin down the side. Repeat on the right side of the fabric. That 10" area will become your arm hole, so try it on while pinned and adjust as needed.
Sew straight down each side of the fabric along where you pinned.
Trim any excess fabric to the side of the stitches. Flip the whole thing right side out.
|What an adorable seam!|
Now, this is where you'd normally finish the hem of your fabric, but because I used jersey knit, the hems will roll up if you give them a slight tug. Yet another reason I strongly suggest a jersey knit!
|Rolled hem = less work and more kimono wearing time!|
|This is basically a rectangle with some holes on the side. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!|
|You can belt it too!|
Do you like kimonos for summer? What other colors and patterns do you think I should make? Which Golden Girl has the best style?