Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Patriotic Kimono

Here in the US, we celebrated Memorial Day this weekend. It's a day of remembrance for all the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom. I decided to whip up a little something red, white, and blue for the occasion using this old skirt, which I brought home from a clothes swap two years ago when no one else wanted it at the end of the night. Apart from the... interesting print on that pure polyester fabric, the elastic waistband was also completely shot (hence the pinned loop to keep it on my dress form).

Patriotic Kimono - Before

I removed the worn-out waistband, pressed out all the pleats, and used the abundance of fabric I was left with to make a simple little kimono. In fact, I spent more time pressing out all those pleats than I actually spent sewing!

Patriotic Kimono - AfterPatriotic Kimono - After

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Patriotic Kimono - Before & After


whatthesew said...

That skirt looks good as a kimono, and I love the print.

I am beginning to feel left out as the only sewer in the western world who hasn't made a kimono yet.

jennifer elliott said...

The kimono looks really fabulous! Love the print!

Chickie Walsh said...

I love it. I haven't made one either whatthesew. We are behind the times.

Give the Cat a Name said...

I like that one!

cfortin said...

Love it!

Cindy - EOD
Upcycled Design Lab

HoffiCoffi said...

I love it. That was a lot of work removing those pleats!

Marisa Glied said...

Love the skirt to kimono idea!