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  Hi BurdaStylers! Last time I was in studio I filmed this video on how to sew a kimono! Kimonos are just so easy to wear and sew… watch to see and read on for more kimono talk.

See more images of my project here

I have really been enjoying my kimono so far this summer and to make it I used our draft-it-yourself Kimono 06/2016 sewing pattern, printed chiffon, and fringe trim! When you make your own kimono you can really have fun with fabric and trim combinations. I like using big bold prints for kimonos since they are oversized and can handle a larger print.

I would totally sew this kimono pattern up in more fabrics, and next time shorten the hem to my hip for a more day-to-day kimono.

Kimono Pattern

Love kimonos and want more options? See below…

Other Kimono Options
top left: Kimono Jacket 12/2013; top right: Kimono 02/2012; bottom left: Lace Kimono 07/2011; bottom right Beach Kimono 06/2011.

Here are some of my fabric and trim suggestions for a kimono sewing project…

Floral kaleidoscope printed chiffon; Metallic striped chiffon; Purple and gold cheetah chiffon.

Italian black suede trim with knots; Rust brown faux suede fringe; Poly pom pom trim.

Comment and link to a kimono project you have sewn!

Happy Kimono Sewing!

~Meg Healy


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    Sep 25, 2016, 01.41 AMby nrobson

    I am loving these short/midi kimonos.. and thank you purplefan, very informative cultural advice! x

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      Oct 31, 2016, 01.57 AMby purplefan

      Pleased to have helped! There are marvellous kimono fabrics online and in shops. One day, I too will make a kimono. Not sure I’d want wear the obi (fabric belts) though!

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      Nov 2, 2016, 02.23 PMby nrobson

      I’m the same, am really liking these kimonos, I’m working on one like Megs right now lol!

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    Aug 17, 2016, 10.05 PMby purplefan

    Just a Japanese cultural note: when the living wear kimonos, the left side of the kimono is placed over the right side before belting the kimono. The deceased have their kimonos worn right side over the left side.

    Knowing the above might help you avoid any looks by Japanese or those in know about the correct way to wear the garment.

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    Aug 9, 2016, 11.30 AMby Fropasax

    really nice tips, thank you!

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    Aug 9, 2016, 02.52 AMby nrobson

    totally excellent! i’m digging kimonos right now!! x

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