Hey friends! Today I’m sharing one of my recent finished garments that I am adding to my spring/summer wardrobe – an open floral kimono cardigan using the Simplicity New Look 6378 pattern.
This kimono was very easy to make, as noted on the pattern. It’s very beginner friendly and I highly recommend this pattern if you are a new sewist looking to make your first garment. It’s also a great pattern for experienced sewists looking for a project you can finish in just a few hours.
I sewed this up with a Rayon Crepe fabric from Indiesew. This fabric is no longer available on their shop, but they always have beautiful crepe fabrics that are perfect, light, and airy for kimonos!
As always, I planned this project sketching on my My Body Model custom croquis. It was especially helpful in playing around with how loose or how long I wanted my kimono to be, which determined what size I would make. Ultimately I just ended up making it in my usual size (small).
I also wanted to play around with how a contrast color bias tape binding would look. I’m trying different things with the garments I create to make them more interesting, and using a forest green bias binding worked really well.
Overall, this pattern was super easy to make and follow along with. I made no additional adjustments to sizing and am very happy with how it turned out! I challenge everyone to make a fun floral kimono to add to their spring/summer wardrobe. I can’t wait to bust this piece out when the weather here in the PNW starts to warm up!
Want to see a long duster version of this kimono pattern? Check out this post!
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