Oversized Kimono Wrap Top

kimono wrap top diy

Want to know what I did all day while putting this post together?

I re-watched all episodes of Finding Bigfoot on Youtube. Seriously, It’s my favourite show! I love the Bigfoot legend and the show is so bad that it’s good! Everyone should watch it. I want Bigfoots in Sweden! All we have up here are some lame trolls that never show themselves…

Anyway, what you will need for this tutorial:

  • A fabric measuring approximately 164 cm long and 150 cm wide. It should be quite thin and drape well. Remember, this is an over-sized style, so the draping is very important!
  • Good scissors. A lot of cutting required in this one.
  • Sewing machine and thread. I actually prefer to do hemlines by hand, but that is overkill and not really needed (Unless you’re totally anal about it like I am).

The size dimensions used in this tutorial are made for me, so if your size differ a lot from mine you will probably have to make a few adjustments. I am 5’9/175 cm tall, and wear European top sizes 36 and 38.
I think the length of the kimono would be the most critical thing to change here as I’m pretty tall and wanted my kimono to cover my butt. But it’s easy to fix by just folding up the hemline more than I did.
But still, check if the rest of the measurements work for you before you start cutting your fabric.

Also note that, on the illustrations, the orange markings are where you should cut and the grey markings are where you should sew. All measurements also include 2.5 – 3 cm (about one inch) for the hem.

Ok, with that said, let’s move on the the actual tutorial!

Start out by folding your fabric in half so that you get these measurements:
folded in half

double fabric

Then cut out two 30×48 cm rectangle shapes on each side. This cut out makes the bottom of the kimono sleeves to fall just above my waistline (You can see this in the second last photo of this post). Check if this works for you. You will need some space between the bottom the sleeves and waist to be able to wear a belt with this.

cutting out sleeves

Just a tip: I used the cut out parts for my belt, so don’t throw them away if you want a belt in the same material as the kimono…

cut out fabric

When you’re done cutting, sew the sides and bottom of the sleeves. Then, cut open the front in the middle of the kimono. Make sure you only cut in one of the two fabric layers, ehehe… ;)
For the neckline I cut out a triangle with the same measurements as in the illustration.

sew and collar cut

sew edges

cut open front of the kimono

neck cut out

And then all you have to do really is to fold and sew all edges. Your kimono wrap top is done!

sew folded edges

After this step I made a few alterations to my kimono top. First of all, I coloured it black with washing machine textile colour. Then I also had to add a collar. I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to do this and just fold a hemline. Unfortunately though, the fabric I used is really flimsy and has a weird stretch in it, so I had to add it to make the whole creation a bit more stable. I used regular black cotton fabric for this.

arms up kimono

details of the belt and back

The belt is just two parts of the kimono fabric sewn together with some of that black cotton fabric in the middle for extra non-flimsiness. Very, very basic. It also looks pretty cool without a belt, you get a slouchy jacket type of thing if you wear it open.

Oh well. Better start working on my next project now. A BIGFOOT COSTUME. I already have a pretty authentic looking Little Red Riding Hood costume. I’ve been thinking about wearing it out in the forest during berry season for years. I think it would be so awesome to just cruise by some innocent looking blueberry pickers and see how they react. Just imagine their reaction if they would spot a Bigfoot in the distance…Haha… The image I have in my head right now is hilarious XD


Oversized Kimono Wrap Top — 13 Comments

  1. Very pretty! I am learning to sew and on the lookout for easy patterns that look beautiful, and this is definitely on my to make list.

    • Great! I think the secret to succeed with this pattern is to find the perfect fabric for it. But if things don’t work out it is also very easy to adjust since it’s just sewing in straight lines.

  2. Hi! Nice tutorial but…
    I have one question, where you bought that fabric? I’ve been looking for something like that on the internet but I found NOTHING :(
    This fabric have any specific name?
    Thank you

    • That fabric was on sale in a shop here in my town some years ago, it cost almost nothing, so I guess it was unwanted and sort of unusual and hard to sell.

      I wish I knew the name of it!

  3. ohh love it , but how can i make it a bit longer like above knee length and a bit A line ( flare ) i want to wear it as a dress !!!any advice?

    • Totally! I think I would make the pattern flare out from the sleeves and down the length of the skirt, using a ruler to get it right. That would make it a-line. Could happen that I will try this out myself soon!

  4. really helpful!! tack :)
    har letat over allt efter en enkel och bra kimono DIY!!
    kram Hanna i London

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  8. Would it be at all possible for you to explain how one would add a neckband? I’ve been looking all over for tutorials on how to do this (apparently simple?) step but I can’t find any. Even just a quick description would help.

    • I’m currently working on a tutorial for a dress that is similar to this top. There will a more in depth description there. The tutorial will be up in about a week :)