Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DIY Lace Kimono Update!

So I posted this easy lace kimono 'tutorial' last week. I left the raw edges unfinished and asked for feedback on how you'd finish them off. Well, my lovely inter webs friend, JJ, of Natural Medley gave me a wonderful idea! I was leaning heavily towards a baby or rolled hem, but her suggestion appealed so much so that I immediately knew that's what I'd do. She said, "I went looking for ideas for hemming and found this lovely idea. Tissue paper or fusible paper underneath and hem with a fancy scallop stitch, with no turning, which you then cut away afterwards to mimic the scalloped hemline at the base. http://mellysews.com/2014/02/sew-lace.html". Let me just say, yes! 

Here's the final result folks, and the tissue paper was recycled from previously used gift wrap that I save in a drawer ;).

Isn't it pretty? Not bad for my first time trying this, and I may need to try it again very soon.

What I'm having trouble with is styling it...does it look too 'bedroom' or does this work? I don't normally second-guess things, but this one has me scratching my head a bit. Maybe a beach cover-up? Though, admittedly, it wouldn't cover much. We'll see.

Here's another close-up of those scalloped edges in action :). Thanks again, JJ, for such a perfect idea and be sure to head over to Melly Sews for this and many many more helpful sewing hints!

Now, what shall I refashion/diy next...time to dig through my stash!



  1. I didn't have a single thought of "bedroom" until you mentioned it!
    It just looks delicate and adds a touch of softness in my opinion. I love it here dressed down, or in a dressy situation with a skirt and heels...or even in the bedroom!
    Very versatile.
    Lovely to see the whole garment. So happy to help and thanks for the thanks 😊 xo Jazzy Jack

    1. Yeah, whenever I have doubts about I piece I tend not to wear it. Maybe if I force myself to, I'll get used to it and over the whole 'bedroom' thing ;) xoxo

  2. What a great solution and you did a wonderful job of it. As JJ said - it's very versatile, too - dress up, dress down, it would work all ways, in my opinion!

    1. Thanks, Jenny :) I'll have to play with it a bit and see how I feel over time!

  3. It is darling. Would look great with a sundress!