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Topic: Kimono style shirt....men's dress shirt no more! (EDIT: Now with tutorial!)  (Read 13221 times)
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« on: February 11, 2007 10:48:58 PM »

So...I got a bag of clothes while visiting a friend last weekend. Among the pile of boy clothes was this black and white paisely dress shirt. It screamed kimono at me...I don't know why...it just did.
So, armed with a little extra black fabric, and a well fitting shirt for a rough pattern, I set to work. I pretty well just made it up as I went along, but it came out fairly close to what I envisioned, so I'm happy! Nothing better than making new clothes instead of doing laundry...haha.  Cheesy
On to the pictures!...

The shirt before


And after!


And on me...


From the side...


And a detail of the fabric


Thanks for looking!  Smiley

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NEW!....Tutorial....
So, I decided to try my hand at drawing my first tutorial. Hopefully it makes sense, and I didn't forget any important steps! Any questions...please feel free to ask.  Smiley 



1. Remove the sleeves of the shirt at their seam...and save for later.
2. Remove the button strips on both sides of the shirt (lay shirt out with remaining sides touching).
3. Remove the front of the collar, leaving the back intact.
4. Using a shirt that fits you well, mark out your cut lines making sure to leave seam allowance. Cut off excess, but do not sew sides back together just yet.



5. Measure an even v-neck shape and cut away, making sure to leave the back collar ridge.
6. Using extra material in a complimenting colour, make a wide binding tape. Pin around the collar and down either sides of the front opening in one continuous strip. A small dart will be necessary where the tape bends into the v-neck. Sew in place. Now sew the front of the shirt together (right sides together).
7. Measure a wide strip of fabric for the front of the "belt". Iron the edges over, as if for a hem, and sew the panel directly onto the shirt. (Slip the shirt over your head and mark where you want the "belt" panel to start). Now sew up the sides of the shirt, and hem the bottom.
8. Measure around your waist and add to that enough length to make your tie. Cut two long strips of your extra fabric the same width of your front panel (have them narrow toward the ends). Sew them right sides together and turn inside out; finish the open end to make a belt. Centre the belt on the back of the shirt and pin in place. Sew onto the shirt, just until the side seams of the shirt.

(If you wanted your shirt to tie in the back, reverse steps 7 and 8 from front to back)



9. Now, grab your original sleeves, and turn them upside down so the cuffs are at your sleeve openings and the wide shoulder part is now your new cuff.
10. Trace out the shape of your sleeve opening onto your sleeves and cut away the excess.
11. Cut the sleeves straight across the bottom and add a strip of your wide binding tape to finish the hem.
12. Attach your sleeves.



13. Put on your shirt, tie it up, and voila!  Cheesy



Hopefully that was helpful. If there is anything confusing, please let me know and I'll try my best to clarify.  Thank you for all the great comments!  Smiley






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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2007 11:16:08 PM »

That looks great!  I would have never guessed the kimono started out as that shirt!  Quite the transformation!
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2007 11:27:27 PM »

That looks great!  I would have never guessed the kimono started out as that shirt!  Quite the transformation!

agree! that's really pretty ^^
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2007 03:27:46 AM »

You are so smart to think of the reconstruction!  It looks really great!
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2007 04:05:32 AM »

Wow that's a great use for an unwanted shirt and it's true the fabric does scream Kimono.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2007 06:24:37 AM »

that looks amazing. i can't believe that came from that shirt. you did a really great job! it is very flattering on you.
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2007 06:41:09 AM »

Nice job!
Brilliant, even!
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2007 06:45:49 AM »

Wow!  Shocked Great job! I think that you had the right idea making it into a kimono- the print looks so Japanese! I would have never thought of it...
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2007 07:35:18 AM »

Very cute!  I love kimono-style clothing.

However, if you happen to be around an actual Japanese person, they'll freak on you.  Kimono tied in the front signify death.
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2007 07:37:15 AM »

It's gorgeous!  Great job!  And I'll remember that tip about tying a kimono!  Don't want to invite danger!
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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2007 07:47:37 AM »

Beautiful!  Smiley

Very nicely done and great fabric for a kimonoshirt too.

However, if you happen to be around an actual Japanese person, they'll freak on you.  Kimono tied in the front signify death.

That was useful information, thought about doing something kimonostyled.
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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2007 12:17:53 PM »

Very cute!  I love kimono-style clothing.

However, if you happen to be around an actual Japanese person, they'll freak on you.  Kimono tied in the front signify death.

It's gorgeous!  Great job!  And I'll remember that tip about tying a kimono!  Don't want to invite danger!

I like a little danger!   Wink
I'll have to keep that in mind if I ever make another one.
I hummed and hawwed about making it tie in the front or the back. Visually, I like it...but....eep, death!  hehe

Thanks for all the wonderful comments, everyone.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2007 12:59:01 PM »

very nice job! thanks for sharing. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2007 05:25:50 PM »

Very nice. That fabric looks much better as your kimono-inspired shirt than it ever did as a men's shirt.
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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2007 05:30:47 PM »

OK im so glad to be the first one to say this is AWESOME.... I so want one!! when i get to the point i can sew well enuf... I would love a tute if possible and u would be up to it... dont worry.. it will be a while.......

U did a great job and it is soo VERY Fashion forward
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« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2007 09:07:54 PM »

that recon is amazing. you definitely have a crafty imagination. that kimono is awesome!
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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2007 09:26:22 PM »

Yes, awesome imagination -- I would've just thought "men's ugly paisley shirt". It turned out totally cute.
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« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2007 10:09:56 PM »

Wow! that's amazing recon...I'm going to the goodwill tomorra and get me some men's shirt. One question, though...how much bigger was the shirt than you are? thanks and yet again, awesome work!
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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2007 11:11:59 PM »

Wow! that's amazing recon...I'm going to the goodwill tomorra and get me some men's shirt. One question, though...how much bigger was the shirt than you are? thanks and yet again, awesome work!

The shirt was a men's size small. Of course, I'm only 4'11", so it was almost down to my knees and it was fairly baggy. You end up removing a lot of material, though, so you don't need it to be huge. But, bigger doesn't hurt, of course.  I'm trying to draw up a tutorial so you can see how I threw it all together. I'll post when I get it done!  Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2007 10:46:28 AM »

when i get to the point i can sew well enuf... I would love a tute if possible and u would be up to it... dont worry.. it will be a while.......



I put up a tutorial! And don't worry...it's not that hard...take a stab at it, you'd be surprised at what you can do.  This is only my 4th piece of clothing. I found just jumping in head first really helped.  Smiley
Happy sewing!
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« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2007 11:51:16 AM »

thanks for the tut! i need to go steal one of my hubby's shirts now...
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« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2007 02:41:28 PM »

Brilliant! I love this.

I can see why you thought the button down screamed kimono. Thanks for the tutorial as well. I now just have to find the courage ( and the right shirt) to try this!
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« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2007 03:09:14 PM »

What a kiss a** job! That is an awesome shirt and you were so right about the fabric it made a perfect kimono. Great job!
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« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2007 05:28:42 PM »

I just wanted to add that your tutorial is excellent! such a great way to illustrate it. you made it clear and simple. I came back and marked "this rocks". Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2007 07:13:29 PM »

ooo, i love it! i've been thinking about making one of these for a while, but i haven't gotten around to it. your tutorial is very helpful &quite professional!
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« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2007 08:09:41 PM »

This is very nice and officially put on my to do list!  (It's getting kind of long now...   Huh)  This is amazing though ad thank you very much for the tutorial!  It's very easy to understand.
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when i get to the point i can sew well enuf... I would love a tute if possible and u would be up to it... dont worry.. it will be a while.......


 whoops... silly me... THANX  Bunches!!


I put up a tutorial! And don't worry...it's not that hard...take a stab at it, you'd be surprised at what you can do.  This is only my 4th piece of clothing. I found just jumping in head first really helped.  Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: February 14, 2007 10:50:55 AM »

Lovely! The fabric works really well as a kimono, and very nice tutorial. I think I might have to try this one!
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« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2007 01:42:49 PM »

That is really really clever!

I can't tell you how many times I've passed up a cool men's shirt at the thrift store cause I thought there was no way to make it a cool wearable...

Nice job, this is the kind of project that defines craftster. This rocks!
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« Reply #29 on: February 14, 2007 09:44:38 PM »

that is adorable........
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« Reply #30 on: February 14, 2007 10:10:57 PM »

fabulous tutorial! It looks great on you as well. I never thought I could wear something like this because I'm 4'11 or well I was lost an inch since back surgery! It looks super on you. You have inspired me now and with your tutorial it shouldn't be too hard! Thank you for sharing and the work and time you put into the tut!
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« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2007 11:29:06 AM »

Very cool- and good tutorial. I've got a 'Naked Ladies' party (aka swap party) coming up- will be on the lookout for suitable shirts now!

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« Reply #32 on: February 18, 2007 08:13:45 AM »

Wow! Thank you, everyone, for all the great comments. I'm glad my first tutorial wasn't disasterous.. Wink


I never thought I could wear something like this because I'm 4'11 or well I was lost an inch since back surgery! It looks super on you. You have inspired me now and with your tutorial it shouldn't be too hard!

That's just what I thought too! I put off making a shirt like this for awhile because I didn't think it would look right on someone my height. I should really throw caution to the wind more often...lol.  Smiley  Thanks for commenting.
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« Reply #33 on: February 18, 2007 12:28:02 PM »

This is amazing!! I am never getting rid of any of my husbands dress shirts again! Grin
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« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2007 06:35:58 PM »

This is wonderful! You are so innovative. I am also hitting this rocks. I also wanted to let you know that if you aren't already a graphic designer than you should consider a career in visual communications because the tutorial is well done!
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« Reply #35 on: February 20, 2007 12:19:39 AM »

I also wanted to let you know that if you aren't already a graphic designer than you should consider a career in visual communications because the tutorial is well done!

LOL....I am a graphic designer, actually....how funny.
Thank you for the great comments!  Smiley
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