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DIY emerald kimono dress

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 moodfabrics.com 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 moodfabrics.com

Dress-DIY

Heels-Schutz

Shades-Stella McCartney

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7 Comments

  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 🙂

  2. Miranda
    August 27, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Gorgeous! Great styling, too. I love the shoe and lipstick color with the emerald.

    • Nikki
      September 12, 2017 / 3:37 am

      Thank you so much

  3. Meisa
    September 14, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Hi Nikk,
    For the vintage McCalls 4589. When I pull up that pattern in Google, there are two McCalls 4589. So did you use the one that is with 5 ladies and there are 5 different skirts or did you use the one with 3 ladies?

    Thank you

  4. Meisa
    October 7, 2017 / 1:48 am

    Hi Nikki,
    For the vintage McCalls 4589. When I pull up that pattern in Google, there are two McCalls 4589. So did you use the one that is with 5 ladies and there are 5 different skirts or did you use the one with 3 ladies?

    Thank you

  5. October 9, 2017 / 3:03 am

    Awesome! So beautiful.