I already had a pair of pants to fit the theme, but wanted something more. So I pulled out this dated (and super wrinkled) wrap skirt I got at the clothes swap last autumn. The carnation print will make a fantastic kimono-style jacket, don't you think?
I began by salvaging the buttons, elastic, hanger straps, and laundering tags, as well as giving the whole thing a good press. Then I folded the front panels inward, leaving about 4 inches between the edge and the center back seam. I pinned the bottom hems together, which will become my shoulder seams.
Before I could sew the shoulder seams though, I had to cut my armholes straight down the folds about 12 inches from the edge. I unpinned the shoulder seams and hemmed the armholes.
Then I was able to repin and sew the shoulder seams.
I reattached the hanger straps at the shoulders and the laundering tag in the side seam.
At this point, I thought I was finished, but when I tried it on, the way the skirt tapered to the waist made the bottom of the kimono hang funny. I also wasn't keen on the sleeve length (or lack thereof). So I chopped off the bottom 8 inches and cut that in half at the center back seam. I pinned these two pieces to the armholes to become sleeves.
Once the sleeves were sewn on, I sewed the bottom seam of the sleeves, right-side-out. Then I flipped it inside out and seamed the bottom of the sleeves again to create that French seam I so terribly fond of.
Finally, I hemmed the bottom edge of my kimono.
Then it was off to do a little photo shoot with my marsala skinny cords and my new kimono!
Pants: clothes swap and skinnified // Cami: $1 thrifted // Boots: Target clearance
Necklace: me-made // Earrings: Target clearance // Chopsticks: kitchen utensil drawer
How do you think the other ladies incorporated marsala into their wardrobes this week? Click their pics to find out!