Love Aesthetics

July 23, 2014


love aesthetics diy summer kimono oo

love aesthetics DIY kimono summerkopie


love aesthetics summer kimonoo

/ delicate flowy fabric
/ scissors
/ sewing machine or needle & thread
images by Romeo and me

Even in summer, I can’t really say goodbye to the silhouette of ankle length coats + trainers.
This long kimono has an entire other function than those winter coats though; providing some shade. I wouldn’t have survived Melt festival (where temperatures were often higher than 30 °C) last weekend without it.

Eventhough I accidentally cut through my tendons last week and wasn’t able to use my left hand, I got behind the sewing machine anyway to put together this kimono. The Idea had to be simplified and made as easy as possible because of that. I got some help from my daughter Lois, who sat on my lap and held the fabric. She does that more often, but because I really needed her this time she was extra proud of herself.


Fabric choice and measurements:
Look for a flowy, delicate fabric. I used a thin, almost transparent light grey silk blend. Spread your arms and measure from wrist to wrist; this should approximately be the width of your fabric. The length should be twice the measurement of the length of your kimono, in my case from my shoulder down to a little above the ankle.

1/ Fold the fabric in half. And cut right down the middle of the front fold.

2/ Cut off two rectangles on each side, creating two sleeves. It’s going to be a very wide garment which will fall around you so this measurements will not correspond to that of your arms. The width of my sleeves are 25cm and the length is 30cm.

3/ Sew together the ‘sleeves’ as the marked lines #3 on the gif. Don’t sew them down all the way to leave two high slits on the sides.

21 responses to “DIY / 10 MINUTE SUMMER KIMONO”

  1. Rachel says:

    such a great idea! sorry to hear about your hand, hope it heals soon 🙂

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

  2. amazing DIY<3 Definitely going to try this.


  3. Laura says:

    Really nice!!! I hope you feel better now


  4. Ea Birkkam says:

    this is brilliant! very inspiring tutorial, will definitely try this next week


    aesthetic science

  5. sophia says:

    super creative + lois is such a sweetie! 🙂

  6. Simone says:

    this is great, i live in amsterdam and i was wondering which shops you buy fabric from especially white leather? or do you buy online?

    x Simone

  7. Jay says:

    Brilliant idea! Very creative yet easy to make 🙂

  8. Casey says:

    Such a beautiful piece.
    Your daughter can be proud for helping create a really quite stunning item..

  9. Judith says:

    How did you finish the raw edges so the fabric doesn’t ravel away as you wear it???
    Very cute idea though….

  10. Sara H-B says:

    Looks awesome and sounds easy enough… not surprised if I find some crazy way to screw it up. Great post! (will be trying it anyway!)

  11. Tessa says:

    I did exactly this shape with some black chiffon around Christmas time, it flows beautifully!

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  12. Pauline says:

    What an inspiring creative idea! My daughter is now a teenager – I think this will be a fab mother-daughter project. Thanks!

  13. Celia says:

    Amazing simple tutorial to made this precious must have this season!

  14. this is gorgeous thank you so much, I am going to make lots in a multitude of colours..
    I hope you’re not in any pain and that your tendons heal really fast
    Best wishes

  15. ChamaFashion says:

    Want to make this! Kimonos look so cool on.

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