I found this fabric at Tonitex during my shopping trip to Montreal in the fall and have been DYING to cut into it. It took a long time to decide what I wanted to make, but I am glad I waited because this kimono is possibly one of my favourite things ever.
To make this, I used the Melly Sews tutorial, but made many, many changes. Her video is super clear, and this is one of the easiest things ever to make, so beginners – this one is for you! Seriously, if you can sew in a straight line, you can do this.
Melly has step-by-step instructions to measure for your kimono. I decided that instead of sleeves, I wanted to make mine super wide and basically just have openings in the side seams for my arms. (Lately I am team No Sleeves all the way!). I also knew I wanted to make my kimono super long and have it come down to my knees. My main rectangle of fabric measured 41 inches by 41 inches.
To make it easier to finish the sleeve holes, starting on the sides at about 15 inches from the top, I cut a curve about 1 inch into the side to give a little faux sleeve, much like the Kalle Tunic does (Look at the line drawing).
Other than that, I followed along with the tutorial pretty closely. I’ve already worn this to work as part of my outfit and I’m so excited to take this out at the beach!