Blouse to Kimono DIY

Blouse to Kimono DIY

Blouse to Kimono DIY

I LOVE the kimono style jackets that are so on trend right now, in fact I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to them.

Unfortunately I rarely find any kimonos I like in the actual shops, so most of my time is spent drooling over ones I can’t even get my hands on, so sad 😦

So what’s a girl to do if she can’t get a hold of the clothes she wants? Well she could try to make them. Sewing a garment from scratch is still pretty daunting to me though, instead I thought I’d refashion a top I bought a couple of years ago. I love the top, it’s got a great print and the fabric is lovely, but it doesn’t fit comfortably anymore (my yo-yo weightloss/gain is ridiculous), so it was either give it away or refashion it into something useable.

A lovely top even before the refashion

Shows the great draping, but lighting is not so great

A lovely top even before the refashion

Better lighting, shows the great colors and print

It was a fairly easy refashion, the V-neck of the blouse had 3 buttons at the bottom, so after unbuttoning I just cut the fabric straight down from the V. I then ironed the hems on each side and got my machine out to sew the hems.

Can I just take a minute to apologise to my poor abused sewing machine, it rarely gets used and is really dusty, I definitely need to treat her better and I promise I will. Also I will make sure I never yell at her again when I’m the one who threaded it wrong 😦

But yeah, after running the hems through the machine I was done, it was that simple. I didn’t manage to get a good picture of me wearing it though, I’m not very good at selfies.

Refashion Complete

Again a great picture to showcase the draping

Refashion Complete

but this one shows the color so much better

I’ll try to get some nice pictures of me wearing it soon, hubs can play paparazzi 🙂

If you want to see some amazing kimonos, check out my Kimono inspiration board on Pinterest

Has anyone else tried a kimono refashion, or even made one from scratch? I’d love to see them!