It’s a cruel cruel world when you love fashion and love making your own clothes, but at the same time have zero patience. I have HUGE amounts of respect for fashion as a form of art and as a craft, and Ioften wished I had that kind of drive to work days on end on 1 single piece. I just… can’t. So i’m always on the lookout for ways to make fun items myself that are easy and quick. Enter: the kimono!
kimono Swimwear coverup
Last week I was bored on a sundaymorning so I decided to crawl behind my sewing machine and play around a bit. I’ve been looking for cool coverups to wear over bikini’s and swimwear and stuff this summer, since I don’t like most of the conventional options (pareo? Pareno!). And then it dawned on me: why not go for a kimono? I LOVE coats and blazers so it makes sense that I dig kimono’s too haha! And while I don’t wear them on jeans (I’m not boho enough for that…but by all means, if that is your thing, go ahead!), I’m digging them a lot as a beachwear coverup. It turned out like this:
Since so many of you seemed to like it, I decided to make a little DIY on how to make this yourself! Believe me when I say it’s SUPER easy and really quick. With a sewing machine, you can whip this up in 10 minutes. By hand, you’ll have your very own kimono in under half an hour. I whipped out 4 in under an hour, you can check out the ones I made here. Just follow these easy steps!
Make your own kimono
Before you get started, get your fabric. I recommend something light and flowy for this. Preferably, pick a fabric that has 2 sides that are nice, because you will be able to see the inside of your kimono as well. You can be very creative with width: the ones I make are 1m to 1m50 wide and that will fit pretty much all sizes. If you think this is going to be too big for you, cut of a bit on the side so it becomes less wide. The length depends on how long you want your kimono: get twice the length in fabric you want the kimono to be (so if you want a kimono that is 1m long, get 2m of fabric).
DIY make your own kimono tutorial
Alright, let’s get started! I made super sophisticated-looking chart for you guys *coughs*
- Fold the fabric in half
- Sew part of the sides together. Leave openings for your arms, and I leave an extra opening below so the kimono has splits on the sides. This is not a must at all, you can sew it shut if you’d like, but personally I feel like the kimono has a bit more flow to it if I leave it open. How much you leave open is completely up to you, I think about 30 cm on top for the arms and below for the split is sufficient, but it’s up to you.
- Cut the front open. Make sure NOT to cut through both layers of fabric, only one half! This will become your front opening.
- Depending on the fabric you chose: finish the seams and hem. (optional! I tend to be impatient as fuck so I prefer just to pick an easy fabric that doesn’t fray and that I don’t have to hem, hah!)
Tadaa, you just made your own kimono! (told you it was ridiculously easy right?)