DIY Kimono Jacket


Ever since I discovered the kimonos from Arnhem Clothing, which are the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen but $$$$, especially considering that they’re hard to find in the U.S. and shipping from Australia is $$, I’ve been wanting to make my own kimonos. If you ask me, a flowing floral kimono robe is the perfect thing to add to any of the stuff I wear all summer — voile-and-lace slips as dresses, cutoffs and tank tops, cutoffs and weird shirts with cats on them, whatever. In fact, I bought some gorgeous fabric to make a kimono in June of last year. Apparently I am (1) lazy or (2) intimidated by the fabric because it has been hanging out in my closet for almost a year now. (Let’s not even talk about my sewing machine, which has been sitting in its box since I bought it in May of 2011.) (I love ordering everything online so with just a few clicks of the mouse I can view my order history and bust myself like this.)

I haven’t sewn since second semester of senior year of high school, when I dropped AP biology (which met for two torturous class periods first thing in the morning) and took art and clothing instead. I’m sure it’s going to take me a minute to get back into it (I don’t even remember how to thread a sewing machine) but I’m reasonably confident I might be able to put something together that looks at least as good as the bright green octopus pillow and apron I made in middle school home ec class.

Kimonos seem like the best place to start because they’re (1) something I actually want to wear and (2) easy. The problem was that I couldn’t find a pattern and, although there are some good online explanations, not being good with anything spatial, I was having a hard time conceptualizing everything.

So I went back to searching and found the greatest YouTube video of all time, which shows you exactly how to make a cute little kimono jacket.

So easy even I can do it! I got some super-inexpensive fabric so I can try this without risking ruining the fancier stuff and am going to do it . . . soon. Maybe even within the next week, although I should warn you that I’m hoping to get to the baklava first (Soren is really looking forward to the baklava) and I have designs on making some cheese this weekend.