Monday, June 13, 2016

How to sew your own breezy summer kimono

Summer is here in full swing, and I'm in love with the breezy kimono wraps I've been seeing everywhere! It's the perfect amount of coverage if you need a little something to protect you from the sun, or a little coverage inside while everyone is blasting their AC (like me). Today I'm going to share with you a tutorial to make your own!

For the full tutorial on how to make your own, click on through!

Are you ready? This is one of the easiest sewing projects I've ever done, really. I didn't even bother to finish the exterior edges, because a slightly frayed boho look is what I was going for. So literally, it's just sewing sleeves into a body, and that's it!

you will need

Around 2 yards of lightweight fabric, cotton, rayon, or jersey. 
Matching thread 
a sewing machine
(some pins, if you're feeling fancy)

1. Cut out your pattern pieces! You'll need one large rectangular body piece, that measures about the distance between your arms, elbow to elbow x however long you want your kimono to be. Mine ended up being about 40 inches by 60 inches long. You'll also cut yourself two sleeve rectangles, about 10 x 20 inches long. 

2. Next, you'll cut slits into your body piece, the width apart of your shoulder blades, 10 inches long. Try to make sure they're as straight up and down as possible!

3. Now you're going to to do the hard part. Are you ready? You're going to fold sleeve piece over hamburger style, and sew along one edge to create a tube. Then, you're going to put that tube inside your slit you cut for a sleeve, and sew around the edges. I used a zig-zag stitch for this, just to avoid fraying.

What do you think, I bet you love it! If you liked this tutorial, you might also like to make your own tunic dress, or sew your own metallic maxi skirt

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  1. I have a love hate with my sewing machine, but this looks pretty fool proof! Thanks for sharing my Necklace! Stopping by to let you know you are being featured on Friday’s P3 Party post! Have a great week! Thanks for pinning!

    1. Thank you Kim! And you should totally try this project, it's so, so easy. Probably because I was lazy and didn't do any hemming, but it still looks great!

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