Cozy Kimono Cardigan Tutorial

Fall is my favourite season. It’s when magazines are the thickest, you can start to get excited about Christmas, and best of all you get to layer! Hot summer days can be great but by September I just want to be able to wear a sweater and jacket without sweating like crazy. I saw a kimono cardigan in a store and loved it. It looked so simple yet cozy and fashionable so I figured I would try DIY’ing it.

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You will need *fabric *thread *sewing machine *bias tape (optional)

After dissecting the cardi at the store I realised it was made of 2 squares for the front and a rectangle for the back. Now the challenge was to figure out the correct measurements that would give enough drape without looking like I was wearing a sheet. After trial and error these are the measurements that looked the best on me. I’m 5’10” but my model Christa is a couple inches shorter and it works for both of us. Because the back piece is double the front pieces I only cut one 23”x23” square of paper and cut it on the fold for the back.

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The best fabrics to use are light to mid weight because you want your cardi to drape nicely. This plaid doesn’t have much stretch but I’ve also used a cotton jersey to make a kimono cardi and both turned out great. Keep in mind if your using a patterned fabric you might need more if you want to match up the pattern at the side seam and shoulders.

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Once you cut out your three pieces, with right sides of the fabric facing each other, pin the shoulder seams together. Where the front pieces meet is where you neck goes. I’ve found it works best if you pin both the right and left side of the front to the back piece and sew it in one continuous line. I used a serger to sew the shoulder seam but if you don’t have one you could use a french seam, pinking shears, or a zig zag stitch to finish the seam and keep the fabric from fraying.

Using bias tape on the side seam and armholes is a easy way to finish the seam and add a nice feature. I made my own from micro suede.

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Before you sew the side seams you can try the cardi on and see how the drape is. If it’s too long or wide it would be easy at this stage to cut some off the bottom or sides.  Measure 7” down each side staring at the shoulder seam. This will be the armhole. Sew the bias tape around the armhole. You’ll need about 15” of tape per armhole since you want there to be some overlap when you sew the side seam. Now pin the side seams with the wrong sides together and sew the bias tape from the bottom hem to about 1/2” over the armhole bias tape. If your worried about the fabric slipping when sewing on the tape just do a basting stitch first. Then all you have to do is hem the bottom and up the center and your finished! After making the pattern this project took me about an hour to complete.

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Thanks to Christa for being such a great model!

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I love quick and easy projects! You can be cozying up in Kimono cardi in no time.

What I’m obsessed with… White lace dresses

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Stampede has descended on Calgary. For 10 days cowboy hats, boots, and plaid are everywhere. This time of year I’m always on the look out for people who embrace the western theme with style and class. I’ve seen too many girls/women in cleavage/thigh bearing outfits that are usually about a size too small. And you don’t always have to wear a plaid shirt/denim combo either.

This summer white is right on trend and so is lace! Pair a beautiful lace dress, shirt, or skirt with some cowgirl-esque accessories and you are ready to ya hoo all day long! Without looking like you’ve been around the Stampede grounds one too many times, if you know what i mean. 😉

Check out my Alberta Bound pintrest board for the links to these photos and more Cowgirl style inspiration!

Pretty lace shift, fitted red leather jacket & studded western style boots. Edgy boho threads for the cooler months. Lace dress, muted statement necklace & cowboy boots!

flirty lace eyelet dress

Sweetly swaying. #Hat #Cowgirl #Lace #Dress  ;)

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Romantic Cowgirl | Lace Dresses & Tartan Plaid Shirts & Blouses lace dress, chambray, cowboy boots and hat

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boots only for me Lace dress & cowboy boots

love white eyelet

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Western inspired looks don’t need to be saved for Stampede and rodeos. Change up your accessories you can rock it year round!

What I’m obsessed with today… Galaxy print

Galaxy Leggings, Pink - Hand Printed Constellations - Statement Tights

Ever since I saw these galaxy print leggings by Mitmunk I wanted a pair. I know I’m meant to own these since they always keep creeping back into my thoughts. Hopefully if I go to Vancouver this summer I will get to visit their studio and pick come out! Even if leggings aren’t your thing there are plenty of other options that use this galactic print. You can even paint it on your nails or make your own DIY print! So who’s ready to blast off into outer space?

 

 

If you want to give it a try here’s a great tutorial from Let’s Get Thrifty!

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Now you don’t have to wait for the sun to go down to gaze at stars and constellations. You can take a little piece of the galaxy with you wherever you go!

What I’m obsessed with today… Overalls

I’m so happy overalls are back in style! And I think that this will be the summer where I find the perfect pair, I can feel it. Finding a pair of overalls that are both stylish and comfortable can be challenging. You need one that is fitted in the right spots, not too loose in the wrong spots, and doesn’t ride up your crotch! My roommate in college, Colleen, had the perfect pair and I loved borrowing them from her. Kind of wishing they would have wound up in my pile on moving day. sigh. There are also lots of styling options with overalls. You can cuff them up, wear both straps done up, only one strap up, or have both hanging down. I think it could be a great summer staple. Now it’s time to find a just right pair of my own!

 

 

 

 

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Hopefully this will inspire you to give overalls a try this year. I’m going to keep an eye out at thrift shops. Just please DO NOT get these ones. Sheesh.

What I’m obsessed with today… Pandas

I’ve noticed an animal trend lately that I’m totally on board for. Pandas are so cute and furry. I just want to pet and snuggle one, although I doubt they would return my love in exactly the same fashion. I’ve seen panda fashion, accessories, and home decor everywhere! I think I may have to invest in some black and white items of my own.

Click on the pictures to link to the source. Most of them are for sale!

Panda iPad & iPad 2 Sleeve

Panda Bear print 8x10

Ninja Panda Lapel Pin

Panda Danda - Graffiti Love Panda Heart Fine Art Photograph by Patrick Andrew Adams - APTRICK

Vtg Panda Print Blue Black White Knitted Sweater

cute kawaii stuff - Epicute: Snuggly Panda Rice

Hand Drawn Panda Plate - Eats Cake and Leaves

Panda Necklace, Animal Necklace, Hand Cast Resin Accessory

adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott   Fall/Winter 2011 Lookbook

and finally a super cute video of pandas and a slide. Awwww

Conclusion: Panda (haiku)

He’s so very kind,
Black, and white, and very big,
China’s very own.

Yuki Star Uzumaki