DonNaturaL’s Kimono Tutorial……..

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Let’s get started with the tutorial………………KIMONO

Note: I usually like to draw and  journal in this book ( not really sketching, but journalling).       IMG_4245


Step 1: Lay out your fabric

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Note: I pay particular attention to squaring off my fabric.  I line up the angles with the selvage edges and then trim off excess before I start cutting my commercial or self-drafted pattern pieces.


Step 2: Cut out back piece the desire length x width.




Note: I cut mine to the width (shoulder to shoulder) of my back.  I’ll tell you why I made an alteration later……….

Note: This should be a rectangle.



Step 3: Measure out how wide you’d like the front of the kimono. And then cut in 2 equal parts.


Note: I make the front two pieces equal. I cut the length a few inches shorter because I wanted asymmetric finish.

Note: You should have two rectangles.


Step 4: Cut out the sleeves.



Note: I cut two pieces in the desire width. I think a square shape works best for this kimono.

Note: You do not need to cut on a fold.  I started these on a fold, but I cut them later while setting in the sleeves. It just made matching the seams easier and neater.

Note: You should have two squares.


Step 5: You should have 5 self-drafted pattern pieces.  But note the horrific fray. hmmm can you guess what the next step is????????


                                                                      YOU GUESSED IT!

Step 6: Serge all your pieces.  No it didn’t take that long, but this was necessary.


Step 7: Lay out your pattern pieces…..I know I know……Where did the red fabric come from?

I discovered that my measurements were too exact.  I didn’t want the kimono to fit like a shirt.  So I added some coordinated panels of fabric.




Note: I made the front two added panels more narrow than the back two fabric panels.  

Note: A Kimono is intended to be oversized, I wanted mine to be just right for me.

Note: Sew the panels together or serge together. I used my sewing machine I had enough of the serger at this point.



Alteration Step: Draw equal lines on the right side of the back panel with tailors chalk.  And fold/pin/iron pleats.  

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Note: This is only optional, but it gave the kimono a nice rear contour.


Another Alteration Step: I top stitched the pleats with a nice embroidery stitch.  



Note: I loved the way this turned out.  But remember you can skip these alteration steps altogether.


Step 8: Lay out the front and back of the kimono, right sides together and sew together at the top edge (shoulders).  I know you see pins for the sides minus enough room for the arm holes, but I later took the pins out.  Set in the sleeves starting at the shoulder seam matching it with a serged edge of the sleeve.

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Note: Now you can sew the sleeve and side closed with one seam.  

Note: Be careful here, there will be a sharp 90 degree angles at the axilla (underarm).  Hey, I did it and so can you!!!!


Step 9: I curved the neck just a little bit using my French Curve.


Note: This felt more comfortable on my neck rather than having a straight edge.


Look how approximated the sleave and side is.  Yay!!!  #winning  lol




Note: See the perfect 90 degree angle above. 

Note: I am obsessed with laying out pattern pieces perfectly your garment will lay better on your body.  


Step 10: Attach a zipper. I used Stitch Witchery to hold the zipper in place before  sewing.  



Note: Be creative  leave the Kimono open without a zipper.

Note: Add fringe or a belt, I saw this Red Zipper on my notions self and had to incorporate it in the design.


Step 11: EnjoyIMG_4295IMG_4294 IMG_4292 IMG_4289 IMG_4288 IMG_4287                     

                          Hey tell me what you think of the tutorial.  


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