DIY Party Series: A Kimono for All Part I

Hello my dears!

I thought it would be fun to do a DIY party and show off the readers. Basically, I’ll show you all how to draft a pattern and construct a kimono.  Then, after you finished your project, I would love for you to send me a picture explaining your sewing process ( fabric, easy or hard, modifications, name or name of blog) to closetchemistry@gmail.com.  I’ll compile the pictures and showcase them on the blog.

Exciting right?!

Now, as a back story, I love the kimono and I wear them all the time as a substitute for robes. Mostly, this is because after a long day of accounting there is nothing better than throwing on some comfy leggings, a long T and my oversized kimono.  So, in pure Oprah fashion, I’m sharing my favorite thing!

First things first, drafting the pattern.  I wanted to make this pattern as easy as possible so this one sheet will serve as the back and the front.  The best thing about the kimono is the crazy easy shape of the pattern, an upside down “L”.  So below are the dimensions for the kimono that I love the most and should fit most body types.

What you will need:

  • Craft paper, lot’s of taped printer paper or muslin
  • A pen for marking
  • A right angle ruler

Drafting the Back and Front

Step 1-6:  Use the steps below to get the initial shape:

Note: I have already added the seam allowance (3/8″) to the original dimensions.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Step 7. Go to the left, top corner.  Measure 0.5″ down and 2.375″ to the right making a small box.  Then add a curve in the box to signify the back neckline, as shown below:

Step 8: At the 2.375 mark, draw a line down to the bottom of the pattern (Signifies the beginning of the front pattern), as shown below:

Step 9: Cut out your final kimono pattern!

Part II will be uploaded on Saturday with the instructions on construction, modifying and fabric yardage.

Get your draft on!

~Tia

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One thought on “DIY Party Series: A Kimono for All Part I

  1. You’re such a scientist! LOL.. I love how you used autoCad to do the pattern. Brings out the fab geekiness of myself. Love it! I will join you in this DIY.

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