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How to Make a Kimono Jacket

Want a trendy layering piece that will easily elevate your look this fall? Try a kimono jacket. No longer just for the bohemian fashionista, this DIY fashion project will upgrade your fall outerwear collection in just under an hour!

Make a Kimono Jacket

Before the temperatures drop for good, it's time to add a kimono jacket to your wardrobe this fall. This simple shrug is a perfect layering piece that you can wear to the office with a shift dress and flats or to dinner with sky-high heels and a pair of skinny jeans. This make-it-yourself project can be re-created in many patterns and materials: We made ours in silk fabric with vibrant colors that could be paired with many options we found in our closets (see what inspired this DIY here). If you like additional embellishments, think about adding a fun trim, such as fringe or lace, to the sleeves.

Kimono Jacket Materials

Materials: 2 yards of silk fabric, thread, straight pins, sewing machine (or needle and thread), scissors

Here's how to make a kimono jacket:

Make a Kimono Jacket: Steps 1 & 2

1. Take two yards of chosen fabric, and lay it on a flat surface. Hem all four sides of the fabric. Fold the raw edges under 1 to 2 inches, and pin. Sew each hem with a straight stitch, securing the stitches by back-stitching at the beginning and end of each line of stitches. (For a more tailored hem, fold the raw edge over 1/2 inch, and press with an iron. Fold the pressed edge under another 1/2–1 inch before pinning.)

2. Fold the fabric in half, hot-dog style, with right sides together (learn more about right side vs. wrong side here), and pin to hold in place. Starting with the left side, sew a straight stitch 24 inches toward the center with a 1/2-inch seam allowance from the edge of the fabric. On the right side, sew a straight stitch 24 inches in toward the center with a 1/2-inch seam allowance from the edge of the fabric. You will be left with an opening 24 inches wide. This will become the opening for the shoulder shrug. Turn it right side out, and rock that kimono.

For more DIY fashion and accessory ideas from Samantha, go to The Brunette One.


Samantha McClelland

Samantha McClelland currently resides in Iowa as a full-time merchandise buyer. Before landing her job in the corporate world, she was itching for a creative outlet. After perusing many interior design, DIY, and fashion blogs, she created The Brunette One in July of 2010. The Brunette One is a collection of splendid things. A collection that includes Samantha's love of fashion; cataloging the latest trends and shopping tips, along with sharing her personal and street style inspirations. In her spare time, Samantha moonlights as co-owner and founder of StyleEsque, the director of communications for Go Blog Social and co-founder of Midwest Bloggers.

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