I really wanted to do something that reminded me of spring, and this is what I came up with in the middle of the night. I think I'll eventually make an underbust corset to go with it.
Tutorial for making kimono.
This assumes a fairly good knowledge of sewing. Partially because I made it up as I went along, and am trying to recall exactly what I did.
Okay, warning you, drawing in life or on the computer, not my strong point. But this might give you an idea of how I did it.
The top part of each side of the kimono is based on my size, and is fitted until just under the arm. I extended both sides out to add a nice fullness. You can see the basic shape on the picture. The back is fitted through the underarm as well. I sewed the left and right sides to the back at the side seams and the shoulders, leaving a bit unsewn into the armhole area. I sewed the lapel (which is a piece of fabric cut long enough to go up the front of the dress on the non-side seams and back down again) on right sides together to the front of the dress going up the left side and ending down on the right side. I pressed a 1/2 inch seam on the unsewn edge of the lapel. Then I folded the lapel in half and sewed it down by topstitching and catching the underside.
I then sewed a very big loop of fabric (I pictured it folded over) for the large part of the sleeve. I sewed the tiny cap sleeve (fitted to my arm fairly closely) on, and then sewed the tube of fabric (large sleeve part) on, creating a curve as I sewed down. I actually resewed what I had done before, as I wanted a gentle curve. I have included a picture to (I hope) illustrate what I mean about the curve.
I sewed a band around the cuff of each sleeve in the same manner as I had sewn the lapel on. Then I did a blind hem on the bottom, and VOILA! Finished product.
I really hope this makes sense to someone out there.