Today, I’m so excited to show you how to make a DIY Lace Kimono by creating your own robe pattern in under an hour and a half. You don’t need any fancy supplies and don’t need to be an experienced seamstress. I’ve made the process pretty simple and I hope you like it!
My good friends like to tease me about my “robe days.” They are the days when mornings get so chaotic and busy that I take a minute to re-do the morning during nap time. I make myself another latte, put my robe back on, take some deep breaths, and sit at my desk and pretend like it’s a new day. This kimono is perfect for that because I can wear it over my pajamas and also over a t-shirt and jeans. I love sleepwear I can actually wear in public. Haha!
Making this DIY lace kimono is actually incredibly simple. If you have a ruler and some fabric, you can make your own robe pattern really easily.
DIY Robe Pattern Supplies:
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- Basic Sewing Machine – This one is ON SALE right now!
- Matching Thread
- Dressmaker Pins
- Sewing Shears
- Beveled Ruler
- 1 1/4 Yard Lace Fabric
- 1 Inch Foldover Elastic
How To Make A DIY Robe
To make this DIY Robe Pattern, set aside about an hour and a half if you’re a beginner.
Start by laying you’re fabric out on a flat surface. Fold it in half lengthwise and place a pin at the fold to mark the center.
Now that you’ve found the center, unfold the fabric and re-fold like a paper airplane, leaving 3″ on each side of the center pin you just placed so there is a 6″ gap in the center.
Pin along the top of your lace and sew together.
You will add your arm-holes later.
Next, measure 10″ from the bottom (the side you haven’t sewn) and cut a straight line. This section of fabric will become your sleeves.
Fold this 10″ strip of fabric in half width-wise and cut along the center fold. Then, fold each piece in half width-wise again and cut again. You will be left with 4 pieces of equal size that will become your sleeves.
Lay 2 lace pieces on top of each other and pin the parallel long sides together. Sew. Repeat with the other 2 lace pieces.
Next, lay your sleeve next to the body of your kimono and cut a hole the same width. You do not need to be exact here. Feel free to eyeball it. Lace can be very forgiving.
Once you have cut your opening, pin the sleeve into place. If your lace has a “right side” and a “wrong side” be sure you are pinning the “right sides” together. (The “right side” is the side of the fabric you would like to show when you are wearing it.) Once it’s all pinned, sew together.
Next, add your 1″ Foldover Elastic as trim (Basically any edge of fabric that is not sewn or folded). I love the versatility of foldover elastic because it doesn’t matter if your lace stretches or not. It also creates a finished edge on hard-to-sew-lace easily. Just lay your raw edges inside the fold of the elastic, pin, and sew. Ta da!
After the elastic is sewn into place, your kimono should look like this:
I even used the extra elastic as a comfortable waist tie to complete the robe. I swear, I love this stuff.
So how did yours turn out?
As always, if you have any questions whatsoever, leave a comment below and I’d love to help!
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