I have been lusting over burnt out velvet fringe kimonos ever since I discovered the etsy shop Girl on a Vine a few years ago. They are a little out of my price range and I have thought about buying velvet fabric at the discount fabric warehouse but I thought I would practice with fabric I already had. I bought this gorgeous indigo and cream fabric last year, and I was planing on making it into a dress but it seemed like the perfect kimono fabric.
This is a fairly simple beginners sewing project. I tried to make the instructions as clear as possible, and I am including photos of the seams so you can get a better understanding of how it should look. I wasn't expecting to do a DIY post on this so I only took photos of the finished product. It is hard to find any good patterns online if any at all. I hope you can use this pattern to create a beautiful kimono of your own.
4 yards of fabric (silk works beautifully if you are an experienced sewer, if not try using a cotton or cotton blend fabric to begin with)
measuring tape or quilting ruler
This is the bottom hem at the corner where it meets the front panel. As you can see the bottom edge isnt done as cleanly as I could have. You can hide that bottom corner piece by first sewing the bottom hem then going and doing the strip that goes all the way around the front.
If you are using cotton that frays like I did, make sure to serge all your seams. If you don't own a serger, try using the zig zag stitch on your sewing machine to somewhat seal up the edges of the fabric so it doesn't fray.