TUTORIAL: Easy DIY Kimono Cover-up

Tutorials will now be on Wednesdays or Thursdays as opposed to Fridays, like it was previously, simply because the tutorials are meant to be weekend projects. I thought if I posted them on Fridays, there won't be enough time to purchase any materials. 

Anyway, this week's tutorial is a little more complicated than the ones in previous weeks. I was not sure about posting this since it requires quite a bit of sewing, but somehow decided to give it a go anyway because it's really worth it.

This DIY post is an adaptation from a tutorial I saw online by Ms. Mannie.

My first attempt at making a kimono top/jacket/cover-up/slip/whatever-you-want-to-call-it was actually for my best buddy, Lina, because she asked for one (yes she ordered me to make one) for her birthday. It was quite straightforward and the results were surprisingly really good. Very much like my neon yellow H&M purse I talked about in my previous post, my kimono cover-up was a STAPLE during my recent trip to Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.

Here's what you'll need:
1. Soft fabric (whatever colour or print you like)
2. Sewing Machine (otherwise use needle, thread and fabric glue) - not pictured
3. Sewing pins
4. Trim (I used red mini pom poms)
5. Scissors
6. Sewing chalk

How To:
1. This is to give you an idea of what we'll be sewing. A kimono top is actually a giant 'T'.
You'll need to measure all the areas marked below i.e. neck to elbow and neck to thigh. The other parts are generally standard at 17 inches for the armhole and 12 inches for the width of each piece.

2. Once you have these measurements, fold your fabric in half (wrong side out), and then fold it in half again.
3. Draw the 'T' we were talking about, over the fabric with the measurements you got earlier and cut.

4. Open the folded fabric once and you should have your giant 'T'. Sew down the sides, on both sides.

5. Now cut down the middle, and measure 5-6 inches to the sides to create triangles and cut.

6. Your kimono top should be taking shape quite nicely now. I hemmed all the edges to prevent from fraying using a sewing machine. Otherwise, you can also use an anti-fraying fabric glue like this one here (I think these are available at Art Friend stores if you're in the Klang Valley).

7. I finished the kimono top by sewing down my mini pom poms at the sleeves and down the front. You can also use fringe trim (like the one's I used for my 1920's flapper dress), for a more boho-esque look.

Super easy way to update your summer outfits. The best part is, it goes with EVERYTHING!
It's so easy to make you can make one in print and more in every colour. Fantastic! Have an excellent weekend guys! (:

*Please excuse ze half nekkid pictures. I regret taking these in a bikini /:

Images by me and Moose Pixels


  1. Love the illustrated diagrams n super happy 2 find another asian diy blog! :) hello fm a fellow south east asian diy blogger :)

    1. Thanks for popping by! Will definitely bookmark your site (: