Kimono style jackets, coats and cardigans have been hot on the runway for several years and for good reason. Unlike many of the fashions we see, think we can make and never do, you can actually sew a Self Drafted Kimono you’ll totally love!


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A simple, traditional design, a Self Drafted Kimono is a simple to sew, season-less garment that belongs in every handmade wardrobe. Melissa from the Polkadot Chair blog drafted and stitched a beautiful kimono for herself and generously wrote a tutorial anyone can follow. If you’ve never sewn clothing before, this is a great place to start. It’s quick, easy, fabulous and sure to draw attention from your friends!

Start by picking the fabric you want to use. You will seriously want more than one, so I’d pick out at least two pieces to start. Purchase 2 yards of a lightweight fabric such as voile, lawn, chiffon or a flowing rayon for each kimono. A fabric with a nice drape will work best when you first sew a kimono. Check the drape of the fabric by holding up a length and watching as it dangles from your hand. If it drifts, flows, swings slightly and makes you smile you’ve got the right fabric.

This is a really fun project! Click here for Melissa’s great tutorial. There are so many ways you could use this wonderful design. Beautiful in a lightweight fabric for summer and early fall, it would also be stunning in a soft, flowing wool, lightweight denim or ponte knit.  Melissa looks fabulous in her kimono with a simple tee and jeans, but it would be easy to sew a kimono you could dress up for special occasions or wear to the office. Possibilities! That’s what we love about sewing, isn’t it and this kimono is deliciously full of options and potential!

About the Author


Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community.

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