Last year, the kimono trend was strong, and I wanted no part of it. I saw all the tutorials pop up but couldn’t get into the look. So it took a full year for me to realize that I needed a kimono in my wardrobe.
It started when I opened my “Apparel Fabric” storage bin. I was looking for something to inspire me and a large remnant of fabric from five years ago caught my eye. I studied Fashion at Montclair State and for one of my sewing classes we had to make the same dress, but we got to pick the material. We took a field trip to MOOD fabrics where I picked this print up. For the longest time, I had no idea what to do with the leftovers, but the piece was 28″ x 70″ so with such a large chunk, I knew it could be used. I started to drape the fabric over my body in front of the mirror and loved how the print fell.
I looked up a few tutorials online, and decided on the one from babble.com. The fabric had to be cut in multiple places to get the print just right, but it was a very simple process. I didn’t have enough fabric to make the sleeves longer so I added a little bit of lace to the ends (a la kimono from Sew Caroline).
The whole thing took about an hour of on and off sewing, so a really quick project. Not sure if I’ll be making any more of these but it is a great project for that large scrap in your collection.
And, as a little throwback, here is the original dress I made! This was taken at Anguilla with my parents.
7 thoughts on “Joining in on the Trend: Kimono”
Looks great!! Hmm, a kimono..never tried that before. I’m adding it to my long list!
Thanks! Yes, my to make list is very long, but for some reason, this made it to the top. Some ideas have to get done right away haha!
Adding the lace was a brilliant idea! Such a gorgeous piece!
I love that! What a prefect fabric for a kimono! I’m on the hunt for one myself 🙂 Thanks for sharing your project, hopefully I’ll have one to post too!
Thanks, would love to see what you come up with!