DIY: Easiest Kimono Inspired Cardigan
I have always had a weak spot for kimono's and kimono "inspired" cardigans. Personally, I could wear them year round. They are perfect with just about anything and because they are so light, it is a perfect summer piece (as mentioned in this post). I just rather not continue to spend an average of $25-$35 on one when I can just make it myself in an half an hour for a fraction of the cost.
Well, let's get to it ladies. This is an super easy (because...duh, I will never share anything too hard) and super fun DIY. This kimono is also totally flexible to be customize anyway you like. I am sharing the basic instructions, but if you would like to add tassels on the bottom and sleeves or poms, go for it! You could also make it as long as you want!
What You Will Need:
1-2 yds of Silky/Chiffon/or any silky like Fabric or a scarf (make sure the scarf is long enough folded and touch each elbow) My fabric was from Joann's
Scissors or Rotary Cutter & Mat
Needle & Thread or Sewing Machine
Any additions you would like to add (tassels, pom-poms, etc.)
Fold your fabric so that the right sides touch (inside out) and the fold is at the top. The left, right, and bottom sides should be all raw edges.
Fold the fabric again hot dog style so that the left and right sides touch. You will now have a fold on the left of the fabric and raw edges on the right and bottom.
Based on your personal measurements, decide on how wide you would like your arm holes and how much you want to take in on the sides. As you can see above, I cut 9" up and went 7" in. I wanted very large arm holes.
Open the fabric back up. Your fabric should look just like this photo above. Straight stitch the sides and bottom of each arm hole. Do not forget to back stitch to secure it.
Once you finish stitching the sides, measure the middle of the fabric. VERY IMPORTANT: Cut a straight vertical line up the middle of the fabric on the TOP LAYER ONLY. It should look exactly like the photo when you cut.
On the top of the fabric (the folded side) measure 5" on each side of the middle cut and fold the flap back. This will make a nice curve opening around the neck area.
It should look like this.
Cut each flap off. Now hem all of your raw edges (neck line, sleeves, bottom, middle opening), add any additions you would like, turn it inside out and you are done!
Come on, how easy was that?!
Now show off your masterpiece!
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Until Next Time,