DIY Kimono Dress Tutorial

By: Leanne Barlow from
DIY Kimono Dress Tutorial
DIY Kimono Dress Tutorial
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Say “Kon'nichiwa” to this DIY Kimono Dress Tutorial. You’ll love how comfortable this DIY dress is for walking around in the summer time. Modeled after the traditional Japanese kimono, the sewing tutorial is quite simple for a dress. “Kimono” actually means “thing to wear” in Japanese, so you know you’ll want to have a few of these dress patterns in your wardrobe because they’ll never go out of style. The waist tie will make this dress flattering for any figure because you can cinch it at your natural waistline. 

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Time to CompleteIn an evening

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I tried to make this. I really did. It should be simple. Unfortunately, due to lack of necessary measurements (we really need the height of a measurement, not just its diagonal distance, in order to accurately place it) and inaccuracy of given measurements, it is impossible to follow the instructions and layout. For example, the front piece calls for a shoulder seam of 5 inches, and the back calls for a shoulder seam of 3.5 inches. Even accounting for the 1" fold-over on the front neckline, the shoulder seams are still going to be 0.5" off, since the sleeves are the same front and back. That's just the tip of the iceberg. The tutorial is rife with errors. I ended up looking at the finished block drawing and designing my own. Much simpler to put together, a lot better fitting, and the measurements are actually physically possible. Don't try to follow this tutorial, but it may help for inspiration.

Love the simplicity of this dress. The kimono style should be easy to sew and very comfortable to wear. The instructions are informal with no real pattern to download however the images give clear guided information on how to make the pattern and how to sew the few pieces together. I would make this in a pretty print flowy type of fabric.

Should be. Key words. Try it out and you'll see that none of the measurements given here work.

Flowy dresses like these just make me feel so carefree. This is the perfect thing to make if you want to hop on the summer boho trend, too!


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