Wednesday, October 22, 2014

wearing // DIY kimono duster

Maybe you remember back in the spring (where has the time gone?) when I posted this outfit featuring a kimono/shawl/duster I made out of an oversized dress (and here, too!)? Well, not too long after that I was thriting and found a dress almost identical in shape, size, and fabric, so I decided to snap it up to fashion another pretty duster.

If you are in the market for an awesome duster 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 duster 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).
duster - thrifted & DIY'd // fedora - thrifted // vintage scarf - thrifted


lucinda smith said...

came out awesome, love it. but those tights!! so SO cool.

Carly Kaste said...

I love it I love it I love it. ♥

Lorna Sharp said...

How can anybody commented these fabulous pictures yet !
They're amazing and this kimono dress is awesome.


Laura Mitbrodt said...

Great photos! I love this

Green Tea and Cupcakes said...

Your so clever it looks amazing!

Danielle Morgan said...

I love this! What a great idea! You're a big style inspiration to me. :)

Panty Buns said...

Your skillfully made D.I.Y. kimono duster looks lovely - so does you hair and your entire outfit. Love the look!

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