Bring bright color trends to your spring 2017 closet with this DIY kimono. It's a simple sewing project that makes a bold statement.
DIY Kimono Fashion Wrap
By Emma Jeffery
- Extra-large mat provides ample space for all your fabric-cutting needs
- Self-healing mat provides a cutting surface that lasts longer than others
- Easy-to-read measuring grid on both sides means you can turn the mat over for double the usage
- 30-, 45- and 60-degree bias lines make creating triangle and star shapes easy
- Store flat away from sunlight, heat and cold
- Clean with warm water and mild soap
- Lifetime warranty
- Self Healing Cutting Mat: Large (24" x 36")
- Highlighted seam allowance makes it easy to cut fabric strips up to 6" wide directly from the bolt
- Broken grid lines and easy-to-read measurements make measuring quick and accurate
- 30-, 45- and 60-degree line indicators make it easy to cut at perfect angles
- Optional non-slip vinyl feet can be added or removed without damaging the ruler
- Made of 3 mm-thick acrylic for lasting durability
- Lifetime warranty
- Acrylic Ruler (6" x 24")
- Ideal for cutting multiple layers of fabric, paper, felt and vinyl
- Pivoting handle locks in three positions - classic stick for familiar feel and control, power position to increase force when cutting thick materials and ergonomic left or right to take pressure off your wrist and improve sightlines
- High-grade, precision-ground, premium steel 45 mm rotary blade stays sharper
- Ergonomically sculpted handle with Softgrip provides added comfort
- Sliding button extends blade guard when not in use
- Designed for both right- and left-handed use
- Full lifetime warranty (excludes blades)
- Adjustable Three-Position Rotary Cutter (45 mm)
- Ideal for cutting multiple layers and all-purpose cutting through thick fabrics like leather, upholstery, vinyl, burlap, suede, flannel and much more
- Amplify® technology senses blade separation when cutting thick fabrics and forces the blades back together for crisp, clean cuts every time — the floating blade tang transfers energy to the torsion bar which adjusts the blade to its optimal angle
- RazorEdge™ Shears feature ultra-sharp, premium-grade stainless-steel blades with a precisely honed edge that glides through fabric for clean cuts all the way to the tip
- Exceptional comfort and control provided by thumb and finger loops with ergonomic sculpting to fit the shape and natural movement of the hand
- Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control
- Protective sheath keeps the blades safe and protected
- Length: 8"
- Lifetime warranty
- Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Cutting Scissors (8")
Extra-large mat give you plenty of room to work.
Perfectly sized for cutting fabric from the bolt.
A pivoting handle adjusts to three positions to increase comfort, improve sightlines and make cutting thick materials easier.
Designed to cut thick and heavy fabrics, these premium fabric shears feature ultra-sharp blades ideal for all-purpose cutting tasks
1½ yards 58” wide floral print knit fabric
Sewing machine and thread
Iron and ironing board
1. Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 58” x 27” using the Adjustable Three-Position Rotary Cutter and Acrylic Ruler. When working with large pieces of fabric, I often fold the fabric in half to make cutting long pieces more manageable. The rotary cutter is designed to power through multiple layers, giving you clean, straight cuts each time.
2. To create the back seam of the kimono, lay the two pieces of fabric on your work surface with the wrong sides of the fabric facing each other. Pin down one long side of the two pieces of fabric starting at the top edge and stopping halfway down the side. Sew along the pinned line, leaving the remaining half unsewn. The unsewn half forms the kimono front opening. Trim away the seam allowance to ¼” using the 8” Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears.
3. Fold the fabric back over so that the right sides of the fabric are facing each other. Sew the seam once more, with a ½” seam allowance. This French seam completes the back seam of the kimono.
4. Open out the fabric so that the back seam you stitched in steps 2 and 3 is facing up, and the kimono's opening edges are on top. Fold the opening edges over and press with an iron. Pin the fold and stitch down, to finish the opening neatly.
5. Now create the armholes. Place a pin 10” down from the folded edge on both sides of the kimono. Pin all the way down to the bottom edges of the fabric then stitch. Trim any loose threads then turn your kimono to the right sides.
This simple DIY piece will add a bold flare to any outfit!