What can I say about kimonos that isn’t good.. They can be light and airy or fun and floral, but no matter what they are so comfy and make an outfit feel special. I decided that I would take a stab at making my own, and I am so happy I did! Now I just need to go pick up more fabric to make like ten more for summer! I think it would be super cute to make a shorter one and put tassels on the bottom or a border. Anyway you do it though, it was so so easy and will take you thirty minutes tops to do this. And even quicker if you use a non-fraying fabric like jersey!
I paired it with these jeans that I have basically bleached and ripped the crap out of and I am sooo happy I did! And this necklace.. Do you guys have pieces that are special to you and you wear when you need to be brave or strong. I have a ring that my Grandma gave me that I always wear when I know I need to me courageous, and I think this necklace might become my second piece like that. I got it from Fay With Love and I just love how each piece has a really lovely message behind it. This necklace is made of quartz, which is said to have energetic properties and I think, what a better way to feel balanced and strong than to have a gorgeous piece of jewelry around your neck to remind you.
Okay enough sappy stuff.. On to the tutorial!
1. Cut or use a piece of fabric that is 45 in. in width to 80 in. in length. The longer the fabric, the longer the kimono + the wider the fabric, the longer the sleeves. I used an old tablecloth so I had lots of fabric to work with (and if you find clean ones at thrift stores they are usually are tons cheaper than fabric). Cut half of the way up the middle of the fabric. This will be your front opening.
2. Hem this opening (if your fabric frays). Fold in half with right sides together + sew the sides of the kimono, leaving about ten inches at the top for your armhole.
3. Hem the bottom of the kimono (if your fabric frays).
Now if the warm weather would just catch up with my growing summer wardrobe! ;)