DIY Ethnic Kimono Jacket

I found this apricot square a while ago. It has a beautiful embroidered mandala in the center and the cutest little multi-coloured pom-poms around its edges.. Unfortunately it was not big enough to turn into a Kimono style jacket. I took the piece of fabric into spotlight trying to match something to increase the size...with no luck.

So the square of fabric sat for a while in the Woman Cave and placed back in the stash after I could not find a solution.

Being in full time employment means that my thrifting has been limited. however on one such fabulous occasion I stumbled across the long black table runner and knew instantly that I could make it work.

I followed the basic Kimono making instructions again:

If you read my last DIY Kimono post you might have read that I had trouble with hemming the edges around the neck line because of the curve. With this version I hemmed the top of the fabric prior to joining the shoulder seams and had great success. This would only work if you were not making the Kimono out of a single piece of fabric or you are willing to cut it in half to create shoulder seams in the process.

This Kimono inspired jacket fits better than the first as I think it has a skinnier shape. I use one of my homemade inkle loom straps to tie it up and it looks divine.

It is really one of easiest and most versatile patterns known to (wo)man. Please have a go and don't forget to show me your results.

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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.