DIY emerald kimono dress

Have you had one of those moments when you sit down and have no idea what to make but are so in love with a piece of fabric you’re determined to cut into it?  Well, that’s what happened with this amazing medium-weight emerald linen from that’s simply a dream. Because I rarely plan my looks, I simply have a rough idea of what I’d like to make and figure out the details as I go…. I’m used to going with the flow.  But this time was quite different, I was stumped and pretty much sat holding the fabric for a good hour like it was going to sew itself.  And then it hit me, I wanted something comfortable and easy and thought of a kimono like dress.  Instantly I remembered my downloaded Burdastyle kimono and the pattern alterations began.

– Removed 9″ from the length

-Removed the band from around the neck and sleeves

-Added an extra long waist belt

The skirt I attached was made using vintage McCalls 4589 with the following alterations:

-Cut 2 pieces of the front pattern piece instead of cutting on the fold

-Interfaced the opening and added nine buttons

The bra was completely out of necessity because the dress was so open. It was impossible to pull a regular bra off, so I grabbed an old bathing suit bra, removed the fabric down to the shell and re-covered with leftover fabric.

Chandler’s dress was self-drafted using leftover fabric and one of my beloved embroidered roses from




Shades-Stella McCartney



  1. Lauren
    August 13, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    I absolutely adore this dress down to the bra underneath. Im patiently awaiting the launch of your clothing line. 🙂

    • Nikki
      August 19, 2017 / 2:53 am

      Thank you 🙂

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