Kimono DIY

I'm part of the small percentage of girls that don't enjoy shopping for clothes. I do however get too excited about gorgeous fabric and always spend all my time and money in fabric shops with the intention of making my own clothes....and then I never get around to it.

But then this kimono DIY entered my life and it was just so freakin easy I made about five in one day. The fabric options were absolutely perfect and I just couldn't wait to start cutting into the soft florals.

What I love about this DIY is that there are so many variables. You start off with 1m of fabric and that will fit you just under the hips, middle of the bum. But if you would like a longer kimono you start with 2m. Whatever you want!  If your sleeves are too long, you chop a piece off and make it shorter. Add tassels if you want! Don't want to use chiffon? Use a knitted fabric and make a loose jersey-ish kimono. Or sequins!

Why? Because there is no way of screwing this up. It's the easiest thing ever. The only tricky part of sewing the fabric is when you don't have the correct needle, so while you are buying your fabric ask for a recommendation to what machine needle will work for that specific fabric.

If you are completely lost and have never seen a sewing machine in real life but would still like a kimono, I will be selling them on my Hello Pretty store soon, while stock lasts.

What do you need:

- 1m of chiffon/voile/silk/knit fabric
- scissors
- measuring tape
- sewing maching and matching thread
- a cool podcast to listen to while you make your new kimono, I recommend Awesome with Alison.

This is pretty much a one-size-fits-most vibe. For reference, I'm a size 36.

1. Fold your fabric in half (right side facing each other) and measure 18cm in and 38cm up (from the open end). Cut on the lines.

 2. And stitch. I always use a loose zig zag stitch on the edges and a straight stitch about a cm in.

3. Fold the fabric in half again and find the middle of the top layer, mark it. Cut along the line. REMEMBER ONLY CUT THE TOP LAYER. Have I mentioned that you should only cut the top layer?

4. Try it on quickly. Happy? Now you simply stitch the seams and you are done! If you are struggling with the seams or finding your fabric too slippery, the easiest is to roll the seam a little, pin in place and stitch over that.

If you are making a longer kimono I would suggest making slits to keep it light and airy. Follow the steps as above, but in step 2, don't stitch all the way to the bottom, stop about 10cm from the bottom. Remember to include the slits when doing your seams.

If you are using a heavier or knitted fabric I suggest making the sleeves a bit more fitted. So instead of cutting the 18cm cut straight rather make a  diagonal cut towards the top fold. But always start with the original measurements and adjust as you go along. (Cut too little rather than too much until you are sure, I guess we've all learned that lesson the hard way, right?!)

I'm definitely putting a sparkly, sequins one on my to-do list. I have no idea where I would wear it to but it doesn't matter. I guess I'll be the crazy lady rocking a sequins kimono and tired eyes, chasing a crazy toddler in the Spur.

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