DIY Party Series: A Kimono for All Part II

Welcome back to Part II of my mission to make everyone look fancy while lounging around their house.  For this post we will talk about easy modification and a supply list. Let’s get to work!


Luckily, to modify this pattern, all you need to know is where to cut and where to add.  Now, there are three reasons why someone would want to modify the pattern.

  1. You fell in love with fabric that just isn’t wide enough.
  2. The pattern is too small.
  3. You want to add a little detail.

I. For a fabric that isn’t wide enough, consider deleting part of the sleeve and adding a contrasting ribbon or extra fabric to add the length back.  For example, I reworked my pattern to fit a 46″ wide fabric because I just had to have it.

I will then replace the sleeve with black double faced ribbon. Check out the specs:

The picture above was modified by cutting the sleeve length and adjusting the front pattern via neckline measurements.

II. If the pattern is too small then take the area where the sleeves start (the end of the big rectangle) and  add from there.  This will cut the sleeves down but you can use the same method for one to account for them.

The picture above shows how to widen the kimono via line manipulation. The blue represents the addition that will need to be made to satisfy the length of the sleeve.

III. If you want to add a little detail, think about the finishing touches like the hem or the neckline.  You can easily make a beautifully finished neckline by first tracing the exact shape then using a ruler/seam gauge to measure down 2″ to attach the original neckline for a clean look.

Note: The construction will be shown in the next post.

Supply List

  • 2 yards (to be safe)
  • 1 spool of matching thread (125 yds)
  • 1 Spool of ribbon (optional)

Note: The suggested fabric is a brocade or crepe back satin.  However, this is a creative project so use whatever fabric that makes you feel fancy.

The next segment will be posted after Thanksgiving to give people time to purchase fabric and supplies or to make any modifications to their pattern.  The next post will go through the construction process and an easy way to finish your garment evenly.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment or email me at



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