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So, this is me jumping on the kimono top bandwagon. Lately, I have been wearing dresses with lightweight cardigans because the weather has been a little cooler. What happens when the sun starts shining brightly and I still prefer to have a simple cover-up? I don’t want to be the idiot wearing a cardigan during the summer. So what’s a girl to do? Create a kimono top out of a $2 scarf found at my local consignment store.


I’m not quite sure how to explain my process with words — so, I created a pretty graphic. I hope the graphic is easy to understand. I basically wanted to keep as much of the original scarf hem, keeping my hemming to a minimum (I’m lazy like that — or genius).

As soon as I made my cuts and sewed the side seams, I tried on my almost-completed kimono top. Hello, my new love, except … the kimono is way too long for me. Poop! What was supposed to be a simple refashion turned into a little more work. If the kimono wasn’t super long, I just needed to hem the center cut and neckline and the refashion would be complete and I would be twirling around in it. In reality, I need to drastically shorten the kimono and hem all the new raw edges. Argh!


So, I threw the kimono top of my dress form, Delphine, and chopped off a fair amount of scarf fabric. With the kimono at my preferred length, I found some old black bias tape to run around the bottom hem. I kind of figured the bias tape would add a tiny bit of weight to the kimono, and the tape kind of broke up the pattern. Now, I’m at a crossroads — should I add more black bias tape around the neckline and opening or complete a simple rolled hem? I’m so torn! Suggestions would be highly appreciated! Thanks!

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4 replies »

  1. I think the black tape adds a bit of something == the kimono looks lovely but the ribbon would make it look more professional, maybe? I don’t know what i’m talking about. 🙂

  2. What a clever idea 🙂 I’m not good at picturing the changes that you suggest. Have you tried pinning on some additional bias tape to see if you like the look? I’d love to see a picture of the two choices side by side…

  3. Hi, there–I would just do a rolled edge rather than adding more bias tape for the neck edge. Could you add a thin black ribbon or cording to each side in the center front to tie it loosely together? That way it wouldn’t slip off.

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