First Make of 2019: My Black and White DIY Kimono Duster...

My first sewing project of 2019 is a maxi-length Kimono and frankly I have to blame Pinterest.

Because you know why? Pinterest has endless amounts of style inspiration and one night, I just got caught up looking at kimonos, true story, real talk.

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The pics above are just 3 of the literally hundreds of photos of kimonos that I came across on Pinterest for style and sewing inspiration. I knew instantly that I wanted one. That I wanted to MAKE one. I immediately started to scan the fabric I already had on hand in my fabric stash and nothing really clicked. And look, let's just be real, most of us who sew tend to hoard fabric, so I wasn't all that keen on going out to buy more fabric.. LIES, but, I wasn't satisfied with what I had so I headed out to search for fabric.

I ended up at Walmart because I didn't want to spend too much $$ and I stumbled upon these cute little 2 yard bundles, and OMG, look at the price! I didn't even have to think about it. Seeing the two prints together, I knew I would be doing some type of mixed print kimono.

The pattern I used was a Simplicity New Look pattern #6554 and I pattern hacked view B. Mimi G. did the cute jumpsuit version (view A) unaltered if you want to see. I didn't do the bodice and separate skirt, I fused the bodice and skirt together to make my maxi-length kimono using the size 12 for the bodice and size 16 for the skirt because you always need to fit your hips. Don't worry about the size number (SIXTEEEEEN??? in my Soldier Boy voice, lol) look, just measure your hips and fit your hips, because once you complete a sewing project where you didn't bother to fit your hips, trust, you won't do that again. So if I don't ever give you another sewing tip, listennn...
fit. your. hips.

The Aztec patterned fabric was thicker than the striped fabric and at first I preferred the stripes, but the striped fabric was wafer thin and a little see through, so that was a no go for my kimono and I ended up using it as my trim which now, I love.

This pattern COMES WITH POCKETS so I didn't have to add them which is always a plus. It was easy to sew, even with my pattern hack, that being said, I can see sewing it again.

For those interested, I got my t-shirt on a birthday trip to New York back in 2006 from a boutique in Harlem called Pieces. That store has since closed. I spotted someone wearing the shirt at the Hip Hop Museum we visited while in Harlem, and I ended up almost running this person over to ask where I could get the shirt too (lol) and now, here we are.

I'm pleased with how it turned out! It actually looks the way I saw it in my head. And I can tell you right now that I'll be dressing it down (with denim, jean shorts, etc.) way more than dressing it up (cocktail dresses, bodycon dresses, pencil skirts, heels etc.).

But I'd love to know what you think! Do you like my pattern hack? Is this pattern something you would sew? Have you sewn it already? Let me know! And thanks for reading!

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