How to Make a Childs Kimono

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. Kimonos are very easy to make. It’s a matter of sewing some rectangles together. I have some scrap fabric left over from a project. It’s this cute little design of some karate kids. I’m going to make a small child’s kimono and this will fit probably a three- to four-year-old. Let’s get started. To start with, you’re going to need two fronts and a back. The fronts are 11″ by 25″ and the back is 14″ by 25″. Now this size can vary depending on how tall the child is and how large the child is. If he’s a little older you can make it a little bit bigger. You just need to have a comfortable circumference around the child’s waist and enough room that the kimono can overlap. The next thing are going to be sleeves. Because I’m using leftover fabric, I needed to cut four pieces instead of two so I’m going to have four pieces of fabric 12″ by 17″. So you have the back and we have two fronts that are going to overlap. We need to make a little bit of a neckband. To do that neckband, measure over 3″, measure down about 10″. Trim that triangle off and repeat for the other side. Once those triangles have been cut out you’re going to sew the top seams together. With the fabrics right-sides touching, the top shoulders need to be stitched. Do a finished seam. You could do a zigzag or something to finish it off so it doesn’t ravel. When the seams are done, press the seams so that the back is flat; the seam allowance is going up to the front. The next thing we’re going to do is shape the back of the neck and a little bit of the front of the neck. Take the kimono and fold it in half. You have the fold in the back. We’re going to shape the neckline. Here’s the fold of the back and here’s the piece that we cut out of the front, that triangle. To start with, measure ½” down from your seam line. From there you need to make a nice slight curve coming into the front. I’ve done a gentle curve and I’ve blended it right into that neckline. Cut that piece out. You’ll be cutting the two layers together. You’ll have this nice little curve. Next we’re going to do a little rolled hem. That is going to start right from that point that we cut. To do a rolled hem you’re going to take it and you’re going to roll it onto itself ¼”, press it, turn it one more time over top of that seam, press it, and then stitch down. Once those fronts have been done we’re going to finish this neckline. Start with a wide piece of fabric. This one is about 4″. You could do 4½” if you’re going larger and you can even go smaller. Whatever is comfortable for you. You’re going to need this measurement plus a little bit. Press it so that the 𝐰𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠 sides are inside and the good sides are facing out. Stitch down all the way, coming right back off the end. To decide where you’re going to put the seam here is going to be easy. Just take the fabric and fold it on itself. It’s going to stop right where the front of the little kimono starts and the white ends. That is going to be the line that you want to sew. I just like to press it with my fingers so I know where that seam is going to be, and I do it to both sides. Next we’re going to sew that seam together/ Fpld it along that first press line that you did. Take this edge, move it out of the way, and stitch, following that finger-press line. Then take it and fold it so the right sides are showing. To sew the rest of this down you’re going to take this back seam and press it into that band. Then you’re going to fold down however much that seam allowance is, and topstitch all the way. That’s going to get both sides of the band. When you come to that little part in the back of the neck you’re going to be able to snip the seams so that fabric is going to lie nice and flat underneath that band. As the back is stitched down you can stitch all the way around and it gives it a nice topstitched look. When the collar is sewn on it’s going to have this little point that sticks out. When this is closed you’re going to have that nice kimono shape. Now we need to add the sleeves. Kimono sleeves are long and narrow, but a portion of the bottom is not attached to the garment. It is actually open, and that’s where it looks like you have that little flap in the bottom of the kimono sleeve. The first thing we need to do is sew the top of the sleeve together. If you do have directional fabric, make sure it’s going in the right way. Sew the top seam, finishing the edge just like you did the top of the sleeve of the kimono. You’re going to press the seam allowance in the opposite direction as you did for your shoulder. You now will be able to match up the top seams. You’re going to be able to sew the sleeve onto the body. You only need to sew a portion of it. Sew from the shoulder, down 7″. So you’re going to have 7″ going to the front and 7″ going towards the back. You’ll notice that the sleeve has not been attached all the way onto the body, and we’ll get to that next, but we need to finish off the seam on the side. Just like you did this seam where you did the rolled hem, you need to do a rolled hem here. Roll it over ¼”, another ¼”, and stitch down. This edge has been done. Turn the garment so it’s right sides touching each other, and we’re going to stitch the sleeve. Take the body of the kimono and move it out of the way. You’re going to put your needle right in that area that you stopped. You stopped at that 7″ mark. You’re going to put your needle back in that 7″ mark, going through 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 layers of fabric, sew down and then across the bottom. And again, just do a zigzag or whatever you’re doing to finish your edges. In order to sew the side seam, take the seam allowance and just push it towards the sleeve. You want to make sure the back and the front are both being pushed over to the sleeve. Pin it out of your way. Then you’re going to be able to take the sleeve, move the sleeve out of the way, and start right in that stitch just like you did the sleeve. Start right in that same stitch that you left off and stitch all the way down. And again, zigzag and finish that seam. Here’s a close-up. The seam has started right where the seam has left off. I’ve gone all the way down by moving the seam allowance out of the way. When that’s done we need just put a little snip here. That snip is going to go through the seam allowance, right to that point where you stopped and started your stitching. It’s going to go through the sleeve and it’s also going to go through the body. By doing that it’s free to move and be more comfortable. The snipped seam is right in there. To press this, press the seam towards the sleeve. Turn everything rightside-out and give it a press. Now that the sleeves and the side seam have been done, you need to just put a hem up. You can do a rolled hem if you don’t have that much material and you want it nice and long. Or, you can do a 2″ hem, a 1″ hem—whatever you feel comfortable doing or whatever you want the size to be. With the hem done, the kimono is now ready. We now need to do a belt for the kimono. The belt sizes are going to vary. A traditional kimono has a belt that wraps around twice: You start with the front, it goes around to the back, comes back to the front, and ties. Depending on if you want the double belt or just a single belt that you’re going to tie like a housecoat, that will determine the size that you’re going to need. I’m going to use the longest piece of fabric I have which happens to be 50″. I’ve cut it at 4½” wide. Right sides together, stitch all the way around leaving an opening, and then turn the belt right side out. When it’s turned right side out you can tuck in a corner and topstitch all the way around. It will match the topstitching on the top of the kimono. The strap is done. To do the double tie you would put the center of the belt in front first, wrap it to the back, and then tie it in front. We now have one finished little child’s kimono. Children’s kimonos are so fun to make because you can use so many different novelty fabrics and you can even mix and match your fabric. If you only have scraps you could do each piece a different color and it would be a fun project to do. And that is your basic kimono pattern. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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