How to Make an Easy-Sew DIY Kimono Jacket in 5 Simple Steps

Made By Deola
by Made By Deola
7 Materials
1 Hour

This easy-sew DIY kimono jacket is the perfect addition to your spring wardrobe. You can wear it on top of a sweater or a simple tank for a stylish cover-up.

This kimono-style jacket sewing pattern is easy to make as it features simple straight lines. The only challenging part is making and adding the bias tape.

Let’s get started with how to make a kimono jacket!

Tools and materials:

  • 1 yard Ankara fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
Measuring the kimono pattern

1. Make the kimono-style jacket sewing pattern

Fold the fabrics and place them one on top of the other. This way you can cut both the front and back at the same time.

Measure the width of the fabric to be equal to your bust measurement, divide by 4, and add 4 inches to that divided measurement.

For example, my bust is 36 inches, divided by 4 is 9 inches, and then I add 4 inches for 13 inches total. Add one more inch for seam allowance. 

Taking an inch off the top

Take off one inch at the top. Mark.

Marking the shoulder measurement

Then mark the shoulder measurement across at 9 inches.

Drafting the kimono style jacket sewing pattern

Mark 1 inch below that. 

Marking the neckline

Mark the neck width at either 3 or 4 inches across and 1 inch down. Connect the neck measurement in a curve.

Connecting the shoulder slant to the neckline

Connect the shoulder slant to the neckline with your ruler.

DIY kimono-style jacket sewing pattern

Mark the width down the length of the fabric.

Measuring the bust line

Measure 10 inches down for the bust line from the shoulder line. 

Measuring the length of the kimono

Measure the length of your kimono jacket. You won’t need to measure a waist or hip line as it is meant to be loose. 

Measuring the armhole

Measure 9 inches for the armhole. Connect the shoulder measurement and curve out the underarm area. Add 1 inch seam allowance to the shoulder and cut out the pattern. 

How to make a kimono-style jacket sewing pattern

You should have 2 pieces.

Making the neckline opening

2. Make the neckline opening

On the front piece, measure down 11 inches for the neckline. Mark.

How to make a kimono jacket

Measure 2 inches across from the top of the neck down to meet the 11 inch mark. Connect the two points together.

Cutting along the fold

Cut that part away. Then cut along the fold to make the opening.

Making sleeves for the kimono jacket

3. Make the sleeves

Fold the fabric in half, right sides together. Measure 12 X 13 inches for each sleeve.

Easy-sew kimono jacket tutorial

Measure 2 inches from the edge and mark. From that measurement, use your ruler to mark a slant going towards the fold.

How to make the sleeves

Cut the excess fabric away. Make the second sleeve using the same method.

Pinning the front and back pieces together

4. Sew the kimono

Pin the front and back pieces right sides together. Start sewing the shoulders and side seams. 

Hemming the sleeves

Sew the sleeve seams. Hem the sleeve up 1 inch.

Inserting the sleeves into the armholes

Turn the sleeves right side out and place them inside the bodice. Line up the side seams. Pin in place. Sew.

How to sew a kimono

5. Finish the kimono

Measure and mark 13 inches down on one side of the neckline.

DIY kimono jacket tutorial

Use the ruler to make a proper diagonal line from the 13 inch point up to the neckline.

Trimming the fabric

Trim away that fabric.

Using one piece as a template

Use that cut piece as a template for the other side. 

Making bias tape for the edges

Cut bias tape to match the length of the entire front opening. Pin in place. Sew.

Hemming the edges with bias tape

Double fold the bias tape to cover the seam. Pin and then sew. Hem the bottom.

DIY kimono jacket

DIY kimono jacket tutorial

You’ve just made a beautiful, stylish DIY kimono jacket! You can wear it open, with a belt, or even make a matching sash if you have enough fabric left.

Please let me know in the comments if you made this and don't forget to share your photos.

Suggested materials:
  • 1 yard Ankara fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
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