How to Make a Simple Kimono
I realize that it is the dead of winter but I am looking forward to spring and summer already. To that end, I decided that I wanted to make a simple kimono jacket to wear with jeans once the weather gets warmer. I really wanted this to be a quick and easy project that anyone can do like most of the sewing projects here at Sew Very Crafty. I searched high and low for an easy and fun kimono project to share and settled on one that I created myself using measurements from one I found on Peabraindiy.com. This project can be completed in about an hour and you will love the results. I don’t sew a lot of clothes anymore but it is hard to find certain things that I really like and this casual little kimono jacket was one of them.
I came across this lovely floral fabric at Joann’s and knew that it would be perfect for my kimono project. The fabric is a midweight polyester but you could use something that is lighter weight. I chose this fabric because I loved the color and pattern and didn’t mind that it was a little heavier than I originally wanted. Of course you could head to Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com to get exactly what you want for your kimono jacket. Just keep in mind that you want something that will give you a little drape and is relatively light weight. This post contains affiliate links that if ou click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
What you will Need: How to Make a Simple Kimono Jacket
- 2 yds of the fabric of your choice
- Measuring Tape
- Standard sewing supplies
Step 1: Measure
You are going to want to take four measurements.
a. From end to end of sleeve
b. Length of armhole
c. Bottom of the sleeve to the end of the kimono
d. Length of the sleeve from the end to the “body” of the kimono
I used the same measurements as Peabraindiy.com as they fit me as well.
Step 1: Mark the fabric
Fold the fabric in half widthwise. In other words make sure the selvedges are lined up on both sides of the fabric and the new fold is at the top. The original fold is down the center of the piece of fabric. Take a Frixion Heat erasable marker that you can get in my Amazon store or another fabric marker and transfer your measurements to the fabric. I started in the center and measured 19″ on either side of the fold to create the top of the kimono. From there I measured the sleeves and the body of the kimono as shown.
Step 2: Cut out your kimono
Cut out your kimono along the lines you just drew. You will have a piece that looks like this:
Step 3: Cut out the front of your kimono
Cut the front center of the kimono through the top layer only. Make sure to leave the back uncut.
Step 4: Sew the seams
With right sides together and using a 1/2″ seam allowance stitch the side and under arm seams together. If you have a serger you can serge these seams for a finished look. If not just press the seams open.
Step 5: Stitch the Raw edges
There will be raw edges along the sleeves, front, and bottom. You can fold those raw edges under by 1/8″ then another 1/8″ and hem them but I prefer to use a rolled hem foot for these tiny hems. The rolled hem foot really makes this process easy. It can be a little fidgity if you have never used one before but once you practice a little it is no problem at all. If you are unfamiliar with how to use a rolled hem foot check out this video. You could also use a serger to create a serged rolled hem.
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