DIY Kimono

At the end of last month I went away for a bachelorette weekend to Put-In-Bay (South Bass Island), Lake Erie. Besides drinks and dancing, I knew this trip would include a lot of pool-side time, not the relaxing kind of pool time, but the look your best, party type of pool time. Anyways, in preparation for the insecurity I knew would set in, I created a look game plan out of which, this kimono was born. I was going for a Mrs. Robinson type vibe, feeling like the old lady, but still wanted to feel sexy…

This is how most of my ideas are born, btw, as a little imaginary concept and then I just roll with the outcome. So I decide instead of my (actual/ not-sexy) old lady cover up, I would opt to make myself a kimono, there are tons of tutorials on-line. Seriously, like so many. But I used this super easy tutorial from Cotton and Curls (thank you!). Even after not making anything for quite some time and the fact that I never seem to fail at purchasing the most difficult fabrics in the world to sew, this was still a breeze.

FYI, because of the extreme openness to the fabric I used a french seam on all the seams, and added grosgrain ribbon around all of the areas to be hemmed for extra stability. This also gave the fringe a nice anchor to be attached to. I am super excited to figure out some ways to wear this in the fall… It’s such a fun piece.DIYKimono-compressor