Long Vest Kimono ||DIY||

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

I'm alive y'all. It has been too long since I did a sewing post. And I really miss it! I was occupied with a dreadful summer class (Ew...). So,  my summer break actually starts today. And it has been a long time coming, and now I have to make the best of this last month before the ball starts rolling and it's back to school. I definitely plan on doing more blog post and I actually have a lot planned! Today's sewing DIY is somewhat similar to my post on Lace Kimono and even the White Abaya. I say that it's similar in that you will make the pattern and sew it comparably. I also made the simple maxi long sleeve dress I am wearing in the photo (below). If you want to learn how to make that check out my previous posts here.

~ Lets get to the tutorial ~

On to the Details:

- 2.5 yards of lightweight fabric
- Measuring Tape & Fabric pins
- Thread & Scissors
- Sewing Machine 
{basic sewing skills}


Step 1: Measurements
- Lay your fabric down. And cut this according to these measurements (look at the photos below). You can make a simple pattern with paper and then transfer it onto the fabric. If you are not comfortable directly cutting the fabric, then that method would be best. (Also for the back piece -- the long side is on a fold. Pls don't forget that.) 

Step 2: Sewing Pieces together
- For me the cutting step is always the trickiest because you have to make sure its precise. And the sewing step is not too difficult, as long as you have basic sewing skills. For this project, my fabric had no stretch, so I used a straight stitch on my machine.
- First, sew each front piece with the sides of the back piece. So it creates the shape of the vest.
- Next, sew together the shoulder seams from each front piece to the corresponding back piece. And set that aside.
- For the waist belt, there are many different ways to sew it. But the simplest way I do it -- is to fold it in half and then hem it a bit (so it doesn't fray) all the way around. Since this belt is kinda lengthy, it will take more time to sew, but it will be worth it.

Step 3: Hem -- Ahh all most done!
- You've made it this far, so let's add the finishing touches. 
- Hem the sides by folding it once 1/2inch and then 1/2inch again. This way it looks clean and professional. 
- Also, hem the arm-holes the same way. 

& You done! 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! As always let me know how it goes.

--- Questions/Comments?

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