DIY Faux Kimono Cardigan

DIY Faux Kimono Cardigan

I am loving the boho vibe these days.

I really love flowy, feminine pieces – they are so flattering on almost everyone.

After seeing Leanne’s and Merrick’s kimonos, I have been meaning to make one.

But I didn’t get to it, until I saw this amazing, SIMPLE tutorial on one of my favorite artsy sewing blogs,

Esther From the Sticks.

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Esther is a 19 year old fashion design student whose gorgeous designs and photography is simply amazing.

This tutorial is genius, quick, and I loved it so much I had to make two.

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I had this fun print that I just bought at the Michael Levine Loft in LA. It is sheer and flowy and perfect for this design.

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I also wanted to make a floral jersey one.  On that same trip to LA, I picked up this lightweight floral jersey at Angel Fabrics.  Isn’t it fun?

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The tutorial is basically hemming and a couple of tiny seams.  I used a 42″ wide by 40″ long piece of fabric, after some trial and error on the size.  For the jersey one, I made things really easy by ironing down the hem with some stitch witchery (or you could use Steam A Seam) first, and then sewed the hem.

This cardigan is so versatile.  I love it with jeans and a tee, but I tried it on with a plain coral maxi dress I had, and loved how it looked.  I also paired it with my Penelope Peplum dress, and I think it is such a fun look.

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Go check out the tutorial, see how easy it is, and make yourself a couple!

P.S. Aaron did not want to be left out of the photoshoot so here is my cute photobomber.  Don’t mind my facial expression, half the time my photos look like this.  I am so busy trying to position myself right that I forget about smiling.  I really wasn’t mad!

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Happy Sewing.



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