LACE KIMONO - in the Winter!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016



I know it's pretty chilly outside and when you think of wearing a kimono, the sun is shining and it's nearing 80 degrees or above. Nevertheless, I want to share this with you because it took me about 30min to make! This can be great for yourself to store it for a hot summer day or even before going on a vacation to a warm destination. Whatever the reason maybe, you can never have too many kimonos in your closet. I made these kimonos for my sister before her trip abroad.

Lets get to it!

Level: Beginner
Time: 30 min! 

Materials:
- 1.5 to 2 yards of fabric (your choice...I used lace)
- Thread & Scissors 
- Measuring Tape
- Sewing Machine



Step 1: Decide your length and width -  This is a crucial step in making your kimono (well...for any sewing project!) My sister wanted something that was bit longer in the back and the sides (48 inches x 60 inches). And for the sleeves she wanted it to fall at her forearm, so this measurement worked out perfectly. The neat thing about making a kimono is that it's an all in one garment, meaning that the sleeves are already attached, so it makes everything else very simple.

Step 2: Cut. - Now that you figured our your measurements, its time to transfer those to your fabric and cut. Then fold your fabric in half to cut a neckline, so you can get a nice matching line on both front and back. (Look below for reference)


Step 3: For you sewing machine lovers, like me, now is the time to set-up your machine and sew up the two vertical sides. If you are more comfortable with hand sewing, by all means go for it. Keep in mind to leave about 15-17 inches for your arm hole. Here is how I did it below. 


Step 4: Can you believe that you are almost done! Told you this is really simple. The next step is to fold your kimono in half and take only one layer and line up the neckline. Then, take only the front layer fabric and cut about 3-4 inches all the way down, this will create your opening.

Step 5: As always we want to make everything look clean and professional! So hem the neckline, sides, and bottom (optional, I chose not to.)



I hope this was helpful and that you get to try this out for yourself!

Let me know if you have any questions/comments.
hamdikeynan@gmail.com 

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