I’ve been loving all these kimonos in the fashion world this spring/summer. But the prices? Not so much. When I saw this 30-minute kimono tutorial from Merrick’s Art, I knew I wanted to try it ASAP. You don’t need a pattern and it only requires a few cuts. I’ll be honest and admit that I’m terrible at freehand cutting, but it doesn’t really matter for this project!
So as soon as I got my sewing machine back from the repair shop, I drove straight to JoAnn’s to find some fabric. Merrick suggests a jersey knit, but I fell in love with this silky paisley print that I couldn’t pass up (plus it was 40% off). If you go with anything other than knit, keep in mind that you will have to hem all the edges. That was fine with me since I need to practice my sewing skills anyway. I also love this floral print and this paisley one.
Because I’m fairly new to sewing, and I had the added edges to hem, it probably took me about 3 hours from start to finish (add in a few interruptions from the kids). The tutorial is really simple and easy to follow. I made sure to zig zag stitch the back and side pieces so they wouldn’t fray. Then you just have to hem the inside front, bottom hem and sleeves. I folded them in about 1/4 inch, ironed down and folded in another 1/4 inch and ironed. Then I sewed a straight stitch around the hem and sleeves.
I’m pretty proud of myself for finishing this, and for only spending about $11 for the fabric and matching thread.
I love that a kimono can be dressed up or down, and works with so many different styles. Go make one today and you won’t be disappointed! (Note to self- I may need to stop wearing distressed jeans. I caught my daughter cutting a hole in her jeans yesterday!)