Summertime and the Kimono is Easy

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.

Take a look at McCall’s designer Melissa Watson wearing her own pattern, M7132:

McCall's designer Melissa Watson wearing her own kimono pattern, M7132.
McCall's designer Melissa Watson wearing her own kimono pattern, M7132.
McCall's designer Melissa Watson wearing her own kimono pattern, M7132.
McCall's designer Melissa Watson wearing her own kimono pattern, M7132. Closeup shot.

McCall's designer Melissa Watson wearing her own kimono pattern, M7132.

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:

McCall's designer Melissa Watson wearing
Kimono patterns Vogue Patterns V9115, McCall’s M7132 and Butterick B6176.

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!

Kimonos are the perfect layering piece for spring and summer. These are different kimono sewing pattern options from McCall's, Butterick and Vogue Patterns,

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3 comments
  1. This is great. I’ve a poly border print fabric that I specifically bought to make a kimono. Now I just need to decide on a pattern, I’m so picky, I can’t decide which one makes the most of my border print. And should I add fringe? So many choices!

  2. Dobre, dobre, dobre zalecam każdemu! przenośne kabiny prysznicowe, toalet przenośne z podłączeniem,
    kontenery sanitarne na budowę, kontenry męskie, serwis toalet

  3. Lovely photos of your designer! So nice to see one of your people smiling and happy with what she’s wearing. You should use her as a model more often!

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