Keeping cool and refreshed is one of our main goals now that summer is in full swing. However, this does not entail we should forgo fashion and go around in tank tops. All we need is something that looks good, breathable, and cool to wear in the summer.
As far as I can tell, there isn’t anything like it. Yes, there is a kimono present!
Wearing a traditional kimono every day, on the other hand, would be a bit out of the ordinary for Westerners. The good news is that you can wear a beautiful DIY kimono jacket every day! Using the sketched design below, you can sew your kimono top in only a few hours without using a full-blown kimono pattern. Follow this guide to construct a kimono from a scarf or drapey fabric!
For those who prefer to learn by seeing rather than reading, I’ve included a written and video lesson for making your kimono. The cuts may also be used to construct a matching scrunchie!
Preparing a Kimono?
- You don’t need a lot of materials to build this kimono.
- 59 x 45-inch scarf or piece of cloth is required.
- Scissors (or rotary cutter and cutting mat), ruler or measurement tape, iron and an ironing board, sewing clips, or pins everything you’ll need to get started
- Machine for sewing
STEP 1- Prepare the cloth by cutting it out and drawing the kimono sewing design
(skip this step when you are utilizing a scarf)
Before beginning any sewing job, wash and iron the cloth well as you would with any other. After you’ve completed stitching it, it won’t shrink or distort because of this. Sewing a kimono is easy with this basic pattern… That kimono shirt is that simple to create!
STEP 2- Folding the fabric
Fold the cloth in half horizontally, then vertically, so that the short edges are exposed. To prevent it from shifting, secure everything with pins or clips.
STEP 3- Cutting the front opening
The kimono’s front has to be opened up now. Cut in the center of the fabric’s breadth. You need to cut through one layer, so pay care!
STEP 4- Measuring & cutting the Nexy opening
You’ll need to mark and cut a neck opening in the cloth, so unfold it and look for the cut you made. Using a ruler, measure 5 inches perpendicular to the frontal cut and 10 inches along the cut. To create a triangle neckline, sew the 5-inch line and the mark together. To ensure that the kimono’s location is correct, refer to the kimono sewing pattern above in STEP 1.
This will offer your DIY kimono jacket a little more flair and elegance than a straight-cut front.
STEP 5- Sleeves Marking
The stitching lines for the sleeves must now be made.
As you fold the cloth in half, bring the short edges together. Measure and mark 12 inches down the left short edge, working your way from the top to the bottom. In the next step, draw a 9-inch line slanted at a 90-degree angle from that point and extending to the left.
In conclusion, draw a second line from the previous one’s terminus down to the fabric’s bottom. A 90-degree angle must be maintained as well.
Repeat on the other side, but in the other direction.
When you’re done, cut the surplus fabric into a huge T-shaped piece of cloth. Cut as close to the seam as possible.
STEP 6 – Preparing sleeves along with the sides
Straight stitch along the lines you just sketched with a half-inch seam allowance.
STEP 7 – Finishing of raw edges
Once you’ve sewn the sleeves and the sides together, you’ll need to finish up the raw edges. Use your serger, a fake serger stitch, or a zig-zag stitch for this task.
Step 8 – Heming the kimono front
The kimono’s front opening must now be hemmed. Pin the edges after they have been folded over twice to the wrong side of the cloth for a quarter-inch. Silk and drapey materials like to shift a lot, so use a lot of pins or clips.
STEP 9 – Sewing hem front
Use a straight stitch to sew the hem. One way to make my final hems seem nicer is to tug the cloth slightly while I stitch it down.
STEP 10: Completing the kimono
If a scarf is not worn, the remaining raw edges of the garment must also be hemmed.
To finish it off, the last ironing will give it a crisp appearance.
As of right now, my DIY kimono jacket is finished!
Wear it over your swimsuit at the shore or with a tunic, shorts, or jeans for a more casual look. You may wear it with just about everything because of its adaptability.