The Hannahdashery Kimono Tutorial
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The Hannahdashery Kimono Tutorial
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I wanted to make this kimono as easy as possible and with the least number of seams possible whilst not being too shapeless. This is what I came up with.


Finished Kimono

Finished Kimono

What you will need

Piece of fabric approx 1m x 1.5m
Lace trim approx 2m (optional)
Matching thread
Scissors
Tape measure/ruler
Pins
Sewing machine

Method

Cut curve

Cut curve

First of all fold the fabric in half (short sides together) and then in quarters. I found it best to press the creases in with an iron and pin it all together so that it stays as straight as possible.
 
Make a curved cut leaving approx a 10inch gap at the top for your arms to escape and I left approx 11 inches at the bottom (so x4 = 44inches to go round the hips)

Centre Cut

Centre Cut

Open out the fabric and cut up the centre line on one half (the front) to make the front opening but only to the crease going the opposite way.
 
Then measure approx 3inches both ways from the central cut to make the neck hole.

Neck hole

Neck hole

Fold the fabric back in half, but long edges together this time, and cut a curve from the back centre fold approx 1.5inches at the fold and meeting the top centre fold.

Neck V

Neck V

Then from the point at the top centre fold cut a diagonal to meet the front opening to create a V neckline. (Hopefully you can make out the white chalk line I drew to cut along.)

Starting to take shape

Starting to take shape

Now you should have something that looks a bit like this.
 
Turn inside out and sew from arm opening all the way down the side to the bottom and repeat on the other side.
 
Turn a 1/4 inch double hem on the front opening and around the neckline
 
Turn a 1/4 inch double hem on the arm holes and bottom edge

It’s now ready to wear, or you can add lace trim around the bottom if you fancy.

Finished Kimono

Finished Kimono

From the back

From the back

Side view

Side view

I’d love to see your versions and hear any comments you have.

I’m sure you’re all sick of my kimonos by now so next time I’ve got a couple of different and very simple tutorials for you that I’m making in preparation for our camping trip. Really praying that it’s not going to be as wet as they are forecasting!