After browsing Pinterest for inspiration on coverups, I decided the second one I wanted to make was a Kimono styled. Great protection from the sun, but still light and breezy enough to stay cool. I browsed many kimono tutorials, but didn’t find one I 100% liked so I created my own!
This kimono version features french seams, decorative trim, and a neck scoop. I love the slight scoop out of the neck because the front hangs at the same length as the back vs. being shorter.
The decorative trim details turned out exactly as I was imagining. I contemplated leaving off the trim on the arm, but ended up adding it. I am glad I did! The one thing I didn’t like about it was the complete open front. As I was wearing it I decided I should have added a button, or a fabric belt to secure the kimono when walking to the beach. I was constantly holding it, as I didn’t love how it didn’t seem to “cover” much in the front.
What you will need: Around two yards (see tutorial to calculate a custom amount) of a lightweight fabric with a lot of drape such as chiffon, voile, or light rayon. Around 2 yards of 1-2″ decorative trim.
This is SUCH an easy sew and perfect for summer so grab your fabric and follow along with the tutorial below to make one of your very own….or 3 or 10 ;).
Step 1: Measure across your arms and back to determine how wide you will want to cut your fabric. I wanted mine to stop around my elbows, so I measured from elbow across my back to my other elbow. Next measure from the base of your neck to the desired length. this will help you determine how much fabric to buy. You will want to double your desired length since it will be folded in half. My desired width was 44″ and my desired length was 30″. Since I doubled my length, I needed to cut a rectangle that measured 44″ wide by 60″ tall. I needed 1 3/4 yards of fabric for mine. Once you get your rectangle cut you will fold it in half the so the length is halved, not width.
Step 2: Measure 10-15″ down from the fold depending on how big you want your arm opening to be. I made my arm opening 12″. Next measure around 6″ in and square down. You will repeat on the opposite side then cut out the rectangles you just created.
Step 3: With WRONG sides together pin the rectangle opening on the sides shut.
Step 4: Stitch sides shut using 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim seam allowance to 1/8″.
Step 5: Flip so Kimono is RIGHT sides together. Press the seam well and stitch 1/4″ at the sides to enclose the previous seam allowance.
Step 6: flip right sides out again. Mark center front. Cut a scoop out around 10″ wide and 1″ deep for your neck hole.
Step 7: Cut open the Kimono from center front TOP LAYER ONLY down to the hem.
Step 8: Once your opening is cut, flip it so it is wrong sides out.
Step 9: Press raw edge 1/4″ to wrong side around entire front and neck. Press another 1/4″ encasing the raw edges. Edge-stitch in place.
Step 10: If you are adding trim, you can serge the edge and then stitch the trim to the right side of the garment. Or if you want a even cleaner look on the inside, you can again fold raw edge to the wrong side by 1/4″ and again 1/4″ before adding trim.
You can also add a button or other closure at this point. I think I may add a button or make a belt for mine for future cover up uses!
Cost: $3.00. I RARELY ever frequent the fabric aisle in Walmart. I can’t hardly bring myself to buy fabric that is so much cheaper than other stores. However, I was testing a garment and didn’t have the fabric needed. Instead of making the trek to JoAnne’s I cheated and went to Walmart. I saw this fabric for $1.00 a yard and couldn’t help myself. I still kind of feel bad about buying it though :0. $2.00 for the fabric, and $1.00 for the trim.