Want to sew an iconic garment that never goes out of style? A step-by-step kimono pattern for you or for him.

The kimono is much more than just a piece of clothing; it is a symbol of elegance, tradition and sophistication that has endured through the centuries. What makes the kimono never go out of fashion? There are several reasons behind its enduring charm:

  1. Timeless elegance: The flowing silhouette of the kimono evokes an elegance that transcends fashion trends. Its simple design allows it to be worn for a wide variety of occasions, from formal events to relaxing moments at home.
  2. Cultural versatility: The kimono is not only linked to a particular culture or region, but has been adapted by people all over the world. Its versatility makes it an iconic garment that can be reinterpreted and reinvented to reflect the diversity of styles and tastes.
  3. Craftsmanship and tradition: Our version of the kimono will be a simpler version of the traditional Japanese kimono but we can still give the same attention to detail to make our model our own work of art.
  4. Celebrating individuality: Although the kimono follows certain conventions in terms of design and construction, it also offers room for individual expression. From the choice of fabric and patterns to complementary accessories, each kimono can be customised to reflect the style and personality of the wearer.

A model to wear on many occasions

Think first about what you are going to use this kimono for and then decide on the fabric you are going to buy. In any case it will be a good choice and the best of all is that as you have the pattern you can make several with different types of fabric.

  • To be at home and feel well dressed.
  • To get out of the pool or out of the sea water and wrap yourself in a special garment.
  • To wear it at night and show off the elegance of the kimono in all its splendour.
  • Create a more casual look with jeans and the kimono as a contrasting top.

Add your personal touch

Although I'm sure you have already thought about it, you can add a personal touch by making your own small or large contributions to the model:

  • Modify the lengths to make the kimono longer or shorter.
  • Combine different contrasting fabrics for cuffs, collar or belt.
  • Change the shape of the pockets.
  • Add lace if you want a more lingerie style.
  • Play with different tailoring techniques such as quilting or patckwork.
  • Dare to sew fabrics that you haven't sewed until now.

Patrón costura kimono con cinturon

Tips and ideas for tailoring:

  1. Prepare all the material before getting down to work. The pattern with all the pieces ready, the fabric you have chosen, a clean iron and ironing board. The scissors or circular cutter well sharpened. The machine ready with the corresponding thread. Make sure you have everything you need and that your workspace is tidy so that when you start making the kimono there is nothing to interrupt you.
  2. It is important that the needle you are going to use corresponds to the thickness of the fabric you have bought. It is important that the needle is the right one to avoid damaging the fabric.
  3. If you want the inside of the kimono to have a professional and high quality finish but you don't want it to be lined, you can wrap the seams, make French seams or Double-loaded dropped seams.
  4. Use special threads to make decorative seams, for example on the parallel seams of the cuffs and collar. Imagine how beautiful a black belt or cuffs can look with gold thread.

What top garments can you combine it with?

Let's sew the kimono together with this step-by-step video tutorial.

In addition to the pdf documents that accompany the pattern where you can follow the pattern step by step, I have made a video tutorial so that you can answer any questions you may have.

If you have bought the pattern you will see that the making process that appears in the document is the same as the one I show you in the video but it may happen that some details of the making process are slightly different or even do not appear in the video because I have used a different fabric and for this fabric a different process is required. This doesn't mean that the process I explain in the pdf is wrong and the one in the video is better, no, they are different versions to get the same result, they complement each other and you can choose the one you like the most or the one you think is the best for the fabric you are going to use. In sewing, as in many other disciplines, there are multiple paths and possibilities to reach the same end, and all of them are very valid.

In the first part I show you how to assemble the pattern sheets and the first steps to sew the kimono:

In this second part I continue with the preparation until finishing the kimono:


Note: The sewing process shown in the video is personal and indicative. This is how I sewed it. There are other processes to reach the same result and here I explain one of them. Include your own solutions or add new details that do not appear in the video. It is possible that you have sewn something similar in some occasion and that you have done some part of the process in a different way. All options are valid. I advise you to try several and then decide which one you find most comfortable to sew.