I am so loving Spring right now, and seriously scratching my head as to why we live in the Northeast when we could move somewhere where its 72 and sunny year round! (That place exists, right?).
Two weeks ago I made this incredible kimono and finally got around to photographing it. I just LOVE it and have already worn it with a jumpsuit, with jeans, with pajamas, with just my undies…you name it, this bad boy can go ANYWHERE and with anything. So if you follow me on Instagram you are totally going to get sick of this thing because I plan to wear it regularly. I hope you love it as much as I do!
I got the fabric for this DIY kimono at my local fabric store, Gaffney’s Fabrics in Philadelphia. It was on the remnant rack and I paid about 4 bucks for the whole piece, nearly 2 yards. It’s a double border print, rayon sheer at about 57″ wide.
I chose a kimono design because I really wanted to highlight the beauty of the fabric and try to keep the entire piece of fabric in tact as much as I could. I think a dress or blouse wouldn’t have done this double-border print justice.
In lieu of a pattern I was inspired by By Hand London’s pattern-less kimono on their blog but I was worried the measurements provided there wouldn’t fit my plus size frame so I made some adjustments which I detail at the end of this blog post.
Ahhh florals and flowers…
I styled my DIY Kimono with: a DIY black bodysuit (using the Closet Case Patterns Nettie detailed in this post here); my Levi’s 311 Shaping Skinny jeans (one of the few jeans I’ve found in both plus AND tall!); Sam Edelman Serene sandals in hot pink* (which are now on sale!); and my BaubleBar Sardinia Drops*, which are sadly sold out, but everything on their site is really beautiful and their customer service is spot on.
Care to make this kimono yourself? Here is the By Hand London tutorial. I followed the directions pretty closely with a few adjustments to accommodate my plus-size frame. If you’re a smaller size, the measurements provided by By Hand London should be just fine. Below are the adjustments I made:
- The length of my kimono (shoulder to bum) is about 34″.
- My arm openings are 13.5″, neck opening is 7″, underarm is 9″.
- I used French seams for the side seams, satin bias tape for the neck line and baby hems for the bottom and the sleeve openings.
All in all, I a super-duper pleased with how this turned out. And for a couple bucks I feel pretty glam.
Can’t wait to make a few more of these for summer. I’m thinking they’ll make great beach coverups!
Happy Sewing and Styling,
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