DIY Kimono Jacket

I started with a vintage table cloth - it was a round one with a beautiful fringe.

I was having a lazy Saturday morning in bed and browsing some online shopping sites despairing at what to buy to accommodate my increasing belly. I haven't wanted to make anything. I hadn't seen the point when I probably wont fit in it after baby and may not fit in it in a month or even a couple of weeks. I don't like sewing with cheap, synthetic, stretchy material but that's about all I can think that I wouldn't be wasting money on. Le Sigh.

On one of my favorite sites I found a Boho inspired fringed jacket. I thought I could make one easy enough and it is something I won't 'grow' out of. Plus it's perfect for a festival, fingers crossed I ever get to one again. I had a rough idea of the basic shape but this YouTube video below gave me confidence that I was doing the right thing.

I followed the instructions and cut the sides twice as I had left it way to 'flouncy' the first time. The only thing I thought the YouTube video didn't address was the seam on the front edge as it curved along the back of the neck. Perhaps it was my heavier fabric than the tutorial but I did have a little issue hemming the 'corner' part. 

It was a very straight forward sewing experience and I had my new jacket made in about an hour. Easy peasy. I'm already checking my fabric stash to see if I have other fabrics suitable for a second one. Please let me know if you have a go at this tutorial - I'd love to see your versions.

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.