Our new obsession is the kimono for summer. They make any outfit look instantly chic. You can go glam and layer them over a sundress, or you can go music-festival-relaxed and pair them with a little tee and a pair of cutoffs.
Melissa’s pattern calls for you to mix and match three different fabric, which is a great way to bust through your stash. Choose lightweight cottons, silks or polys, and make sure they have a soft hand and easy drape. I like how Melissa combined ethnic prints in her two versions of M7132; I might try mixing floral chiffons with a tiny print, à la Anna Sui.
More kimono style inspiration and kimono patterns for you, in case you need more convincing:
Did I mention how fast and easy kimonos are to make? Even a real sewing newbie could knock one out in a couple of hours. Can’t wait to see your versions!