Pom Pom Kimono

pom pom kimonoMy Mother fell in love with a Kimono she saw when she was staying with me last week. It had lace trim, simple loose style and she thought pom poms would be more fun.  Ma picked the fabric, no idea who’s it is as I cut the selvedge off, from Rowan in JL sale.

pom pom kimonoIf you’d like to try making one, super quick and perfect for by the pool, summer hols or just mooching at home.

You will need 1.5m of fabric, thread and 3.25m of trimming.

pom pom kimono step 1Fold your fabric in half lenghtways and cut.

pom pom kimono step 2With B, fold in half width wise and cut.

pom pom kimono step 3I used the Janome narrow hem foot to hem the cut center seam, as this gives a lovely narrow rolled hem.  You could just turn cut edges, iron 1/4 inch, fold over again and stitch.

pom pom kimono narrow hemI’ve posted a youtube clip at the bottom of the post on how to use the narrow hem foot if you’ve never tried it.  So you now have the back and 2 front pieces ready.

pom pom kimono step 4I sewed the pieces together with a french seam.  To do this place the back (A) right side down and front pieces (B1 & B2) right side up and pin the top.   I used a 1/4 inch foot for this and trim the seam allowance.  Press and then flip right ride s together and stitch another 1/4 inch seam to enclose the raw edges.

pom pom kimono step 5With the kimono lighing flat and inside out, measure 11 inches down from the shoulder and pin the front and back together on both sides.  Stitch with a 1cm seam.  Press the seams open and turn back a 1cm seam on each arm hole and the hem.  Pin your trim to the turned up hem and arm holes.

pom pom kimono trimStitch the trimming and hem in one and then your finished.

pom pom kimono trimSlip on and wear!

pom pom kimono