My Crafty Teen's Quick Kimono

Showing off the kimono she made.  :-)
My crafty teen, now 15,  is a big fan of Pinterest.  Especially for crafts and DIY items.  She has been eying this kimono she found online by Leann Barlow.  The kimono had an online tutorial, so we gave it a try.

Inspiration for making a kimono.
We had one yard of a silky-type of fabric to work with. 
Prepping the fabric.
First thing was to take measurements. My DD is slender and 5' 6" tall, and our measurements came out smaller than what was used in the tutorial.

First thing was to cut the sleeves.  We cut ours at 10" x 24".  They are folded in half and sewn along the short side.  Next time, I think we will cut them longer at 12" or 14" by 24" - based on my daughter's preference for a longer length on her arms.

The second cut was for the back of the kimono.  Our's measured 24" x 32".  It was folded in half to cut it even.  This fabric was really slippery which made cutting straight a challenge.  A bit was cut at the top for the neck and the bottom was rounded, although not as dramatically as it was in the tutorial.

The third cut was for the front of the front of the kimono.  Ours measured 7" across, and the length was down to where the kimono began to round down.

The  front of the kimono was sewn to the back, leaving room for the sleeves.  The sleeves were then set inside the kimono and sewn around.  I do not have a serger, so we used a zigzag stitch for the seams.

A narrow hemmer foot was used to hem up the raw edges around the kimono, and then it was done.

Happy Girl.

The kimono turned out a little bit smaller than what she wanted.  Next time, we will make some adjustments to the sleeves, and the neck line.

I am sharing this post with Submarine Sunday and Handmade Monday.

Happy Stitching!


  1. This is beautiful and how lovely to be able to craft with your daughter - I'm hoping that I'll be able to do the same with mine (she's currently 5 and has to do everything I do!)

  2. How wonderful that you can craft and sew together, Sylvia. I know I treasure that time with my daughters.

  3. I love kimonos, they're so comfortable to wear. It looks lovely :)

  4. Looking good, kimono's are such fun to wear and easy to make, think of all the brilliant fabrics your daughter can use.

  5. It's cute! She did a great job! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!!


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