Learn How to Sew a Kimono

What You'll Need
Fabric, at least 5 yards
Sewing machine
Straight pins
Fabric marker

When you learn how to sew, you want to learn to work with as many types of materiaols as possible. A kimono is a beautiful, yet simple clothing item you can sew, even as a beginner. This traditional Japanese garment is worn with layers and can be dressy or casual, depending on the fabric you choose. For men and women, the kimono adds charm to a wardrobe.

Step 1 – Cut Out Your Fabric

To begin your kimono project, you need to cut the fabric. Begin by cutting out two rectangle pieces which are as long as the distance between your ankle, over your shoulder, and back down to your toes. Take another 2 pieces and cut them into rectangles for the sleeves. Another 2 pieces of fabric, smaller in size, will be the collar of the kimono and a front panel.

Step 2 – Start Sewing Pieces Together

Take these large pieces of cut fabric and sew them together, about half the way from the bottom. You are leaving an opening for where the back of the neck will be. Take a straight pin or a fabric pen to mark the area where the sewing is down. This is where the shoulder line should be. Then sew the sleeve pieces together. Sew the edges together to create loops in the fabric. Attach these new sleeves to the larger piece of fabric, at the shoulder line. Traditionally, the arm pits are left open, but you can close them if you like.

Step 3 – Pinning and Cutting

With one of the smaller cut panels, fold it over and create a sash. Sew the edges together to make a belt which can be attached around the larger garment. Pin the sash in place for now. Take the other piece of smaller fabric and attach it to the inside of the top of your kimono to form the collar. Let the fabric fall over the edges to hide your seams.

Step 4 – More Sewing to Do

Sew these pieces into place with straight stitches. You might also decide to add hems to the sleeves and to the bottom of the kimono for added impact. Sew the remainder of the front of the kimono as well, if you desire. Or you might allow the sash to close this piece.

Step 5 – Finishing Touches

Some like to line the kimono as well to help insulate it for cooler weather. You can do this by adding another layer of fabric to the inside pieces of the kimono piece. You might also want to add embroidery and trim for an added decorative effect.

A kimono is a traditional clothing piece which has traveled to other parts of the world. Adding this garment to your sewing skills will help you expand your sewing horizons.