This piece is halfway between a beach kimono and a tunic, so chosing a proper title wasn’t easy given my OCD. The fabric I used was muslin, so this piece is see-through – so I suggest wearing it over a topor a little black dress for the streets. It can be a perfect beachwear if you’d like to feel like a seawitch while others look like az overbaked ham. It also protects against sunburn depending on the fabric used.
Light in the title refers to not only the fabric but also the method we’ll use. The weying pattern is from Elisabetta Drudi’s book Warp & Drape fashion; and you don’t have to do a single seam! You just have to cut the pattern out of a fabric, tie a knot at the certain places and done.
First step is creating the sewing pattern. For this you have to draw roughly an overflipped L-shape as seen below. The length equals the required length of the dress, the width is the required width of the dress, the length of the top rectangle iz the length of the sleeve. If you’d like a bell-shaped sleeve the bottom side of the rim should go slant (like I did). You also have to add a dart to the outter side of the sleeve and one under your arm – later tying these together will form the dress.
Second step is the fabric. I used a 200 cm * 150 cm piece of fabric called muslin. This is an extremely airy natural fabric made especially for warm weather. You have to fold the fabric two times as seen below. You have to place the pattern on the folded piece and cut it. If your fabric of choice does not require serging (happens)or your sewing machine can do serging or safety stitch (or if you have an overlock machine, you lucky bastard) no seam allowance is needed.
If you’re brave enough you can draw the pattern directly on the fabric. As seen below I have done this way and failed miserably – but don’t panic, if you use tailors chalk or solid soap to draw it can be washed out easily.
If you fold out the piece now you should see a thing resembling a physically disabled maltese cross. Now cut a vertical line as shown below, paralel to the sides of the cross and a circle approximately 10 cm in diameter. This is the front opening and the neckline – the circle being thinner than your neck is normal, the hole will change it’s shape later on due to the weigth of the fabric.
This is my piece after folding it out:
The drawing below shows how it should be worn. You just have to tie the darts under your arm and at the sleves, and tie a belt at the waist. The waist can be made from the same but previously scrapped fabric or you can add something more extravagant like leather.
And the kimono in action: