Kimonos. They’ve been all over the place for quite some time now. If you’re a beginner sewer, kimonos are a perfect starter project. They are so simple to make, yet such a stylish addition to any ensemble. This is probably the 4th or 5th kimono I’ve made, and I was pretty thrilled that the weather was actually warm enough (dare I say, too warm :X) to wear this kimono when we took these pics.
The fabric is a polyester blend I found at JoAnn’s and was just one of those prints that drew me in. It’s a great weight, perfect for a kimono, or a spring dress…orrr a fun pair of pants.
I try to use French seams on kimonos. Mostly because, they are often not lined, so the French seam just provides a much cleaner, and polished finish. French seams aren’t difficult, just a little more time consuming. (*In the near future, I am going to try to start incorporating video tutorials–so stay tuned for that one ;) ) But for now, here’s an explanation of how to sew a French seam:
- Instead of sewing your seams right sides together, you’ll sew them wrong sides together at 3/8″ (instead of the standard 5/8″).
- Trim the seam so that it’s about 1/4″
- Now you’ll press the two pieces together and enclose the seam you just stitched and trimmed (so your pieces will now be right sides together).
- Stitch another seam at 3/8″
- And your finished seam should appear like so:
A pair of these Swedish clog sandals had been on my list for quite some time. I finally found these Lotta’s, which are super comfy, and cost a bit less than Swedish Hasbeens.
Necklace from Land of Plenty shop in Cleveland.
Some good kimono patterns:
New Look 6476