Perfect Summer Piece - Open Front Chiffon Kimono

Made By Deola
by Made By Deola
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3 Hours

In this tutorial I'll show you how I sewed an open front Kimono duster from scratch without using any pattern. It's pretty easy to follow along. This a versatile garment that can be worn in many different ways. I cannot wait to wear this flowy, beautiful piece on the beach

If you will be recreating this look using chiffon fabric, you will need a lot of pins! Chiffon is most definitely a challenging fabric to work with but well worth the end result!

Chiffon Kimono

Prep Fabric

I started by cutting and folding my fabric so that I have two folded pieces on top of each other. I'm cutting the front and back pieces together.

Measurement is 13 by 58 inches, I'm using the entire 58 inches because I want it to be long

Note: use the widest part of your body measurement (e.g. hips) divided by four and add a couple of inches to determine the width

Then I started by plotting half of my shoulder measurement which is 9 inches, from the folded edge.

Chiffon Kimono

After that, I plotted my neck measurement for the back piece - 3inches wide and 1 inch depth.

Open Front Kimono

From the shoulder measurement, I marked one inch downwards for my shoulder slant.

Plot measurement

Then I marked my armhole from the shoulder slant. My armhole measurement is 9 inches

Then I find the midpoint and used that as a guide to draw out my underarm curve.

Cut front and Back

I don't need anymore measurement as this is a free fitting garment. Then I cut out both back and front pieces

I then took out one of the pieces, place it on fold then marked 12 inches down from the neck.

Cut 'V' shape on front piece

I drew a 'V' shape from the neck to that 12 inches point and then cut that out. This is now my front piece.

Cut Sleeves

Then I cut out my sleeves using an existing pattern.

Pin at shoulders

Then I pinned the front pieces to the back pieces at the shoulders - right side facing right side and sew.

Riffle pieces

I then cut out 2 pieces that I will add to the end of the sleeves as ruffles. I hemmed one side and did a gathering stitch on opposite side. Measurement is 22 x 8 inches.

Then I gathered my ruffle pieces and pinned them to the end of the sleeves, then sewed them together.

Attach Sleeves to garment

Then I proceeded to pin my sleeve pieces to the main garment and sew

Then I sew under the sleeves down to the side of the garment and repeated for the other side.

Hem front of Kimono

Then I did a double fold in and hemmed the front of the kimono


Finally, I cut out a long piece for my belt. I folded it and sew one side, then turned it inside out.

Final Product

And here is the final product. I love how it feels on and how flowy it is. It can be worn in many different ways: on the beach, chilling at home, out shopping, brunch with the girls - the possibilities are endless!

I would love to hear how you would style yours in the comments!

Thank you for stopping by :)

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  • Gail Cooley Gail Cooley on Mar 14, 2021

    Your work is incredible. How do you come up with these incredible upstyles. You make it look easy with your easy to follow your directions. Thank you so much for your tutorials.

    Gail C.

    • Made By Deola Made By Deola on Mar 15, 2021

      Hi Gail, thanks for your kind words, I'm glad you found the tutorials helpful!

  • Freie Freie on Mar 15, 2021

    Very pretty and feminine! The material is beautiful, love this!