Kimonos are traditional Japanese garments that have been in existence for centuries. A T-shaped robe, the kimono is a simple piece made almost entirely out of rectangular shaped fabric. Making a kimono from scratch is fairly easy and requires almost no pattern making experience and very basic sewing experience.
Measure and cut out two pieces of fabric about 55 cm (22 inches) wide and 90 cm (36 inches) long. These will be the sleeves.
Measure out one last panel 1.5 m (60 inches) long and 1.15 m (45 inches) wide. This is the back panel.
Measure and cut out one 1.8 m by 20 cm (72 by 8 inch) piece. This will serve as a sash on the outside of the kimono.
Line up the top edges of the two front panels with the top edge corners of the back panel. Pin them down to create the shoulder seam, and sew at 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) seam allowance.
Fold the sleeve panels in half widthways, and mark the centre fold. Pin the centre fold to the shoulder seam you just created. Pin the rest of the sleeve panel to the side and back panels and sew.
Fold the 1.8 m by 20 cm (72 by 8 inch) piece in half lengthwise, and press it down. Pin the short edges right sides together, and sew them, leaving the long edge open. Clip the corners and turn the long piece inside out.
Fold long, thin piece in half widthways, and pin where you folded to the top middle of the back panel. Pin it along the rest of the two front panels with right sides together. Sew along the pins, leaving a 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) seam allowance.
Hem the sleeves and bottom of the kimono by turning up the hem by 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) and pressing it with an iron. Fold up another 5 cm (2 inches) and press. Pin and sew the hems on the sleeves and bottom of the kimono to finish.
Things you need
- Measuring tape
- 6 m (6 yards) of 1.15 m (45 inch) wide fabric
- Sewing machine