DIY Kimono

So….I started sewing this DIY Kimono last year and I’m just now finishing it. This DIY Kimono was easy to make. So why did it take me several months to finish it? I just didn’t like making it.

DIY Kimono

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Last fall, I checked out a book from the library, Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight. This book has several easy sewing projects with step-by-step instructions that most beginners can sew. Including a cute kimono that I wanted to try sewing. I thought this would be a fun and easy sew that I could make in a day or two.

DIY Kimono

I’ve been sewing almost exclusively with patterns and I like how when using a pattern you cut out all your pieces of fabric before you start sewing. For me, this makes the sewing process flow in an efficient manner. However, with the instructions in this book, you don’t cut all your pieces of fabric at the same time. And this is the part that I hated!!! I did not like the process of cutting out two pieces of fabric and sewing them together. Then going back to my fabric and measuring out a different piece of fabric and cutting it. Then sewing that piece of fabric. Only to have to go back and measure and cut out fabric several different times. This was way too much back and forth for me.

Which made me put it to the side. I thought I would pick it back up after a few days, but it was actually a few months…lol.

DIY Kimono

The second reason I didn’t like making this kimono was totally my fault. The book calls for silky type fabrics to make this DIY Kimono. Silky type fabric can be hard to cut because it can slide around while you are trying to cut it. Knowing this I should have made a paper pattern for each piece. Just so that it would have something to be anchored to, so it would be easier to cut the fabric. However, I just tried to mark the cutting lines with chalk. This did not work out well for me.

DIY Kimono

I had several pieces of fabric that I did a terrible job of measuring and cutting. Therefore my DIY kimono doesn’t really seem to be symmetrical. One side is definitely a little longer than the other side. I also think that one sleeve is also longer than the other one. Then one of the shoulder seams is in front of my shoulder and the other shoulder seam is behind my shoulder. I know most people will not notice most of these things, but it bothers me a little bit.

With that being said for the time being I will stick to using patterns. Luckily, my DIY Kimono turned out ok. But I feel like I could have made a better kimono if I had used a regular pattern.

DIY Kimono

DIY Kimono




  • Reply Mica May 26, 2018 at 4:19 am

    Oh it’s a beautiful kimono and I definitely don’t see the imperfections you do. I think we can be so hard on ourselves sometimes!

    I love kimonos but have never made my own – it would be fun to try one day! 🙂

    Hope that you are having a great weekend! 🙂

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    • Reply Sonya June 23, 2018 at 2:33 am

      I’m definitely too hard on myself. Thanks Mica!!! 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie May 27, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Yep I noticed none of those things, I think it looks beautiful!

    • Reply Sonya June 23, 2018 at 2:32 am

      Thanks Stephanie!!!

  • Reply Tamara May 29, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Kimonos aren’t always flattering, but this one is! Great photos and I hope you’ll like wearing it more than you liked making it! To me, it looks flawless.

    • Reply Sonya June 23, 2018 at 2:32 am

      Thanks Tamara!! I have enjoyed wearing a lot more than I enjoyed making it. 🙂

  • Reply Beauty May 29, 2018 at 9:10 am

    It’s a beautiful Kimono with lovely Prints and it is great that you finished it; that is what really matters.
    Have a great Week.

  • Reply Akaleistar May 30, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    The kimono looks so pretty! I prefer using patterns instead of drafting my own. It’s so much more efficient!

    • Reply Sonya June 23, 2018 at 2:31 am

      I totally agree. I think I will stick to patterns for a while.

  • Reply robincharmagne June 4, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    It turned out great, and I love that fabric. Kimonos are a favorite. Good job!

    • Reply Sonya June 23, 2018 at 2:29 am

      Thanks Robin!!! I still want to make a long kimono like the one I saw you wearing on Instagram. 🙂

  • Reply Nerline June 7, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    As challenging as it was, the outcome looks very nice. I love the colors and patterns. Great work!

    • Reply Sonya June 23, 2018 at 2:29 am

      Thanks Nerline!!!

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