I've had kimonos on the mind as of late (I even wore one in my last post!). They're so effortlessly chic and they add so much to simple outfits, how can one not be enamored with them? Anyways, I've been searching for one that would fit into my preferred price range with no luck. Then I started keeping an eye out at thrift stores for something I could DIY into a kimono type thingy (and was inspired along the way by the wonderful Marlen of Messages on a Napkin - check out her sweet DIY kimono here!). Then, last week, on a run through of my local thrift store I found it - the perfect dress. There was no tag, but the thrift store tag had labeled it a size 4X, and I'm pretty sure that it's 100% rayon. Plus it's black, hey-o. I immediately knew that I had stumbled upon the perfect DIY opportunity. So for $3 I brought home this large shapeless black dress. I cut it straight down the front and, voila! That's it. I didn't hem it at all (partly because my sewing machine is currently in storage, and also partly because I'm lazy), though I might add some beads, lace, or fringe later on, I still haven't decided. Honestly, the unfinished look is right up my alley. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out - perhaps it is one of my favorite things I've DIY'd ever?! The color, fabric, and length are just perfect, and I adore how wonderfully witchy it is.
So if you are in the market for an awesome kimono and can't afford one, or would rather just make one like mine, listen up! These are my tips. Thrift a dress that is a few sizes bigger than your dress size (again, my dress was a XXXXL), and this will ensure your kimono drapes nicely while you're wearing it. Also, pay attention to the fabric! You don't want to pick a dress fabric that's too thick because it won't drape well. In my opinion, rayon, silk, or a very light polyester are the perfect kimono fabrics. Lastly, pick a dress that doesn't have a lot of structure - big and shapeless is ideal. Essentially, a big square with arm holes. Cut your dress down the middle (or pick a dress that is all of the aforementioned things that has a button down front and just unbutton the buttons!) and hem it with a sewing machine or by hand (or leave it raw, like I did). Then wear it and bask in the compliments.
pants, wool hat, jewelry - trifted // crescent moon shirt - DIY'd // kimono - DIY'd // Jessica Simpson Dany platforms - eBay