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