DIY Kimono

DSC_0159If you are somewhere where theses lots of snow like Chicago I hope you’re staying warm and safe! As seen in the pictures I made this the day before the snow hit and it has me dreaming of warmer weather to wear it out in.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my eye on the kimonos I see in stores, not so much for winter but as the perfect breezy coverup for summer.  I am a lizard woman and even in the Summer I’m always cold, especially in air conditioning!  I love kimonos but am not a fan of the prices I see  So I found this handy tutorial by By Hand London which after searching seemed to be about the easiest to follow , but of course made a few changes to mine.  Everyone’s will be different depending on your size or how big you want it but for mine I bought 5 feet of fabric.  Now I wanted to use something with a little stretch or something light and breezy but I couldn’t find any I liked so for my first kimono I just used regular cotton cloth.

Start by folding your fabric in half with the back showing.  I cut mine down a few inches so the sleeves wouldn’t be quite as long but of course it just depends on what you want.  From there I took chalk and marked where to cut the sleeves.  When I was ready I folded the fabric again to cut both sleeves at the same time.

IMG_5157IMG_5162 copySorry about the bad pictures but my craft room is pretty dark and I tend to do most of my stuff at night, which in the Winter starts about noon.  So these are the measurements I used for mine.  After you pin the sides and bottom of sleeves, sew them up and zigzag the ends so they don’t fray.  Roll the ends of the sleeves twice so they are about 1 cm. and sew.

Measure the middle and mark 8 cm on each side for the neck hole.  find the middle at the bottom and mark up to the neck marks at the top.  remember to only cut the top layer for this cut.  Sew just like the sleeves and there ya go!  I added pom pom ribbon to the bottom of mine but this is optional.  Fringe would also look awesome!  FullSizeRenderDSC_0161DSC_0160It’s a little too cold for it now but I have a feeling I’ll be wearing it a lot this Spring and Summer!  I’ll probably be making more. 😉

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Stapless to Halter Dress DIY

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Hello,

I’ve been starting to get a little sad now that summer is heading towards an end but I’m also starting to get into the fall mindset and have started wearing more olive greens and burn oranges now. 

I recently found this dress I really really wanted two summers ago from Pacsun.  I didn’t buy it at the time because it was a little more than I was wanting to spent so I let it go.  On my most recent trip to Plato’s Closet though I found it on the sale rack for 50% off!  the only problem was that it was an XL and I am usually a small or medium.  it also had a hole by the zipper and a few of the seams were starting to come apart.

  I figured since it was so cheap I could try to fix it, so I made it into a small by sewing the side seams smaller and hand stitched the holes back.  I sewed out the zipper which really wasn’t a problem on this dress because the back was stretchy so I’m still able to get it on without a zipper.  After I was done I decided that I kinda wanted it to have straps so I wasn’t pulling it up all day. (I’m sure you small chested girls know what I’m talking about!)  I also didn’t want to have to wear a strapless bra with it, again the whole pulling it up thing!

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Since it’s the end of summer I was able to find this black bikini top at Old Navy on sale for $4.95 and I hand sewed it into the front of  the dress for a built in bra plus halter straps, pretty clever I think. 😉 I machine sewed the straps to the top so they would be secure and hand stitched the cups in so that the stitching wouldn’t show through the front.  Also I’ve been having sewing machine issues, which are very frustrating and angering sooo yeah….I’ve been hand-stitching what I can.   But I’m pretty happy with the result. 🙂

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I also got this green shirt at Plato's Closet for $2.50! I thought they looked nice together

I also got this green shirt at Plato’s Closet for $2.50! I thought they looked nice together

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Stuff I Made: A Skirt

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I haven’t really had much time to work on anything new lately and was sick all of last weekend, (boo!) but I’m feeling much better now have lots of new projects planned!  I thought I’d show off this skirt I made a few years ago from old kitchen curtains.  I found the curtains at an antique store I used to frequent when I lived in Fort Wayne.  I loved how kitschy they were but didn’t have any windows they would fit on and they didn’t really match my decor so I made them into a skirt.   Let me know if you’ve ever made anything found into something wearable, I’d love to see your projects.  Have a great rest of the weekend and hopefully the weather stays nice for everyone!

-Jenna

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Ben thought he was being funny in this one!