DIY Kimono Pt. 1

Kimono's have been trending for a while now and ideal for summer! It's lightweight, flowy, and can be worn with almost anything. I prefer calling it a coverup because it's not similar to a traditional kimono and this way, it's not cultural appropriation ^_^


Anyway, read more to see how it's done!

All you need is:
  • a scarf (mine is ~71in x 31 in)
  • thread
  • needle
  • pins (optional but strongly recommended)

The first step is probably the hardest to explain ;_; 

A. Fold your scarf in half. Mark the middle and fold the edges toward the middle. You're basically folding the scarf in fourths. 

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B. Move the edges ~4 inches away from the marked middle. It should look like the picture below. Make sure to measure the top, bottom, and middle of the side panels because chiffon is tricky and it may be crooked. 

Scarf layout
If you've made it this far, congrats! The next part should be easy ^_^
In the diagram below (called the Layout Diagram so you know what I'm referring too), the dotted black lines are where you're going to sew and the solid white lines are where you're going to cut (and later hem).

Layout Diagram
Sewing the dotted black line from the Layout Diagram
Next you're going to cut where the solid white line is on the Layout Diagram. This will make the sleeve opening! First, I cut an 18 cm opening which was a bit too tight. Then, I cut ~26cm and that created the billowy sleeves I was going for. You can always tailor it to your tastes but I recommend cutting a smaller opening first because you can always make it wider.


18cm opening

26cm opening

Then, just hem the sleeves and you'll be done! This will be your end result :D Excuse the mess on the floor I literally took the picture right after I finished.



The result is a shawl-like coverup that's super easy to make. The hardest part is trying to mimic the Layout diagram but after it's simple! As you can see near the sleeve, there's a lot of excess fabric. If you want a coverup that looks more similar to a traditional kimono, look forward to Part 2! If you have any questions, just comment them below and I'll do my best to help ^_^

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