I love good DIY kimono jackets. They seem to instantly dress up a pair of jeans and a basic t-shirt effortlessly. They add a bit of drama to any look, create a lightweight layer as seasons change, and give a nod to the 70’s look I’m really loving right now.
While there are hundreds of new kimono trend tutorials out there (you can see my other ones HERE and HERE) this one is awesome because it includes sleeves and some boho-inspired, fringe embellishment. This free pattern with step by step instructions is excellent if you are beginner. You can also check out this 3 step kimono tutorial that is even easier if you are in a hurry.
So, here’s a super-easy sewing project tutorial to create a DIY kimono in under an hour with a little bit of drapey fabric, some fringe, and a basic sewing machine.
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- 1 1/2 yards of floral cotton fabric
- Matching Thread
- Beveled Ruler
- Sewing Shears – I use these ones and they are on sale right now!
- Sew-on fringe (optional)
Fold the full width of the fabric in half and cut two 11″ x 26″ pieces so when your “hot dog” fabric piece is opened, you’ll have two 22 x 26 inch pieces. These will be large sleeves, so you can cut the length of the sleeve to whatever you like after it’s assembled.
With the remaining large piece of fabric, fold the two outside edges in with right sides together (meaning the print you want on the outside is facing each other mirror image) and a 5″ gap in the center. This is the front panels that will accommodate your neck opening.
From the outside fold, cut a straight line parallel to the front of your kimono 11″ down.
Open the fabric. You will now have a 22″ line that fits your sleeve.
Sew the sleeve in. You’ll be able to sew the entire kimono in two lines. Sew the rectangle into the cut sleeve space and then sew the sleeve shut and the shoulders closed with one line
I used my serger to attach the pattern pieces since I love how fast it finishes the raw edges, but a regular sewing machine with a zigzag stitch will work great too.
Flip the kimono right side out. Add fringe with a straight stitch on the bottom edge and wide sleeves, or wear alone. Tada!
I love how the fringe adds a more polished, bohemian vibe. This kimono pattern is the perfect piece of clothing for a vintage lovers wardrobe.
As always, if you ever have any questions while you are making any of the projects on Creative Fashion Blog, just leave a comment below! I love to help out and check the comments every day. Happy Sewing, and good luck in all your projects!
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