I love these simple kimono cover-ups because they are perfect to wear over a swimsuit, tank top + tights, with a maxi skirt or dress, the list goes on. It’s a go-to garment and it’s SO EASY to sew. You could also make one of these very comfortable kimonos to wear as loungewear. Whatever you decide, make it your own style!
The cover-up in the photo above I created with one yard of ITY knit fabric at a 60″ width. This sewing project took me about an hour – if that. The fabric is quite “slinky” so I had to clip/pin the seams before stitching. I usually wing it, and sometimes it shows. I got away with it this time, but, I think it took longer after all. I used an overcast stitch with the “G” presser foot on the INCREDIBLE Brother Innov-is NQ3500D to complete the seams. (See a photo below.) I did not hem this particular kimono at all. I didn’t feel hemming was necessary given the way the fabric drapes, and the nice smooth edge I was able to cut with a rotary cutter and a fresh razor-sharp blade. I stitched this comfortable kimono together to wear over some t-shirts. I still have approximately .75 of a meter left so I may use it to make one of these skirts.
There are a several free tutorials demonstrating how to sew these cover-ups together. It’s sew simple. The tutorial that I used is by Brit & Co. Below are some free videos with tutorials for very similar garments. Take what works for you away from these videos and leave what doesn’t speak to you behind.
How to Sew an EASY Kimono (with fringe) with FashnMKesha
DIY Kimono Shawl – Music Festival & Beach Coverup with ANNEORSHINE
DIY Kimono Jacket | Sewing For Beginners with pinkchocolatebreak
Brother NQ3500D overcast stitch selection for an ITY Knit Kimono
Sew an Easy Kimono Beach Cover or Lounging Shawl
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