August 16, 2011

DIY: Kimono Cardigan

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Kimono Cardigans are everywhere this summer. They're comfortable, breezy and pretty much go with everything. It was because of the Zara kimono cardigans that inspired me to make my own.

My dad got me this silk robe from a second hand store in Kyoto, Japan a few years ago that I thought would make a great Kimono cardigan. It also has such a pretty print that it'd be a shame to just wear it around the house only for Turbo to see!


DIY Kimono before
Before my DIY alteration, the robe almost go down to my kneecaps.


To convert the robe to a cardigan, I cut about 5 inches from the length and cut off the loops for the robe's tie. And that's it!

DIY Zara Kimono
Make sure you use lots of pins! Silk likes to slide.


Here is the final result. I've been wearing it to everything lately. The cardigan feels so comfortable and totally work appropriate- even though it was originally a house robe ;)

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a close up of my vintage bag, I love the design on this one

102 comments:

  1. yeah i agree, the print is really pretty!
    and this is very beautiful garment, u r talented :)
    xoxo

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  2. wow very pretty! you did a great job customizing it! so worth it !

    natalie
    http://lucyandtherunaways.blogspot.com

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  3. Omg so übercreative of you ^__^
    If you didn't post the DIY photo's I swear I would think it's from a store :)
    I also think you kind of look like Ayumi Hamasaki, Japanese singer :)

    xx

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  4. wow, this is one of the most original DIY i've ever seen!!!! the result is adorable, i'm a HUGE fan of cardigans<3 looking pretty in your pics!

    love,
    http://www.trend-ish.com

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  5. Fabulous DIY darling - you look lovely as per!

    Eda ♥

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  6. Great job - it looks fabulous and I love the color palette/pattern you chose!

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  7. i love your blog¡¡ is very cutee kisses from Mexico :)

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  8. love the diy... it has a nice pattern
    you look gorgeous!

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  9. What a great idea! It looks so good. I love the tooled leather purse as well.

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  10. No freaking way you totally turned that robe into something fierce. I love it! I will have to try this. Great DIY! Love it! You are adorable and I am also a fan of that leather bag.

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  11. That is beautiful! :) You did a good job, it looks expensive like it's shop bought. xx

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  12. I love the print! Great job on making it wearable outside the house :) Thanks for your comment! xo

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  13. Great post and blog! Beautiful outfit! Like it! :)
    http://liberty-walk-sara.blogspot.com/

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  14. LOVE the DIY Kimono! great job! I need to get a sewing machine and learn how to use it lol

    http://fashionistanygirl.blogspot.com/

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  15. Oh clever idea! I'll definitely do that with some robe I find down the road ;)

    P.S. Your face is so cute in the before picture (am I creeping you out yet?)

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  16. omg, great idea!!! I love turning clothes I already have into something new. I must try this!

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  17. I love it! And the handbag is ab fab too.

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  18. i like the way u tweak it! i wish i know how to sew...

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  19. That is such a clever way to make a cardigan out of a house robe. And the material and print both look nice. :) You're rocking it.

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  20. I LOVE it as a cardigan! It looks amazing on you :)
    -Adriana

    http://thelittlepetite.blogspot.com/

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  21. Love the kimono cardigan...and you killed me with the bag is just the most gorgeous thing!!

    xx
    Andy
    The Black Label

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  22. WOW I love what you did to the Kimono! I had no idea you could also sew...and to sew silk that is no easy task! You look awesome in this outfit and good thing you put your magic touch to to it so it wouldn't just be for turbo's eyes only ;)

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  23. ohhh I love the bag so cuuute!!!

    xo Emma

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  24. julie, i love the print of this fabric! such a simple DIY but makes such a difference. you did a great job. turbo is adorable btw!

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  25. this is SO cute. it looks so great on you!


    love, rach.
    www.so--hi.blogspot.com

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  26. looking fab in the kimono cardi, very clever. That bag is awesome, the design.. I just love it

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  27. Love the Kimono J...can I hire you to make one for me? Love K
    http://www.lovek.org

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  28. Such a good idea! Silk robes are way too nice to just reserve for bedtime.

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  29. Love the outfit. You're so good at DIY. The altered kimono looks great and I really really like the embossed bag.

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  30. Your DIY kimono cardigan looks fantastic on you!

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  31. Ur really good at making things... it looks great!

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  32. Gorgeous! Yours looks so much better than the Zara version. I need to keep an eye out for kimonos I can convert. And that bag is fab too!

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  33. Jesus, ur outfit is super gorgeous! Can't believe how u convert the robe into the cardigan. it looks absolutely great *-* and you look very beautiful in it too!

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  34. Gorgeous print and what a great idea to convert a robe to everyday wearable cardi. I love the end result.

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  35. great job on the DIY conversion.. looks so good! your bag is amazing.. i'm so jealous!


    x0
    annette

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  36. Beautiful outfit. Great purse, like it! =)

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  37. I like it, you have made a great item.
    :)

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  38. Amazing work! love the result. xx

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  39. you did a great job altering it!

    i got your email.i checked the post itself..but mine doesn't have the ad blocking the comment thing..what browser are you using?

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  40. WOW. What a FAB idea! Never would have thought of it. I'm gonna go through my closet now and see what I have.

    Question: did you hem the bottom all one length?

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  41. That is such a gorgeous cardigan! I love how instead of buying a new one for around 300, you made one yourself using a house robe you have! My uncle got me one when he visited Japan so I might use that to make my own :). I love your shoes and purse! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. What a beaut you are~

    Work those pics, doll ^_^

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  43. Great d.i.y i love what you did. it's definitely different but definitely stylish!

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  44. So much creativity shown in just one outfit! Love it!

    hugs and kisses by Mani.

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  45. I love it!! great project.. and the purse is great too
    xx
    Rosa

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  46. I'm trying to think of a cleaver comment regarding Turbo...and failing completely. :(

    You did a nice job on the kimono. It looks great on you, or you look great in it. Hmm, I guess really it is both.

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  47. It's beautiful! I love the print. I wish I could sew. I sewed right through my finger using a sewing machine in grade 9 and I had to go to the clinic and get a tetanus shot. I haven't sewed since!

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  48. Amazing idea and it looks great on you! I absolutely love unique ideas to apply to style - and those shoes are amazing too....

    xo
    Rachel

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  49. That cardi is FABULOUS! I love seeing people's diy projects.

    and that clutch? uhmmmm yes!! gorgeous!

    xoxo
    jessica whitaker

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  50. you DIY that!!!

    wow your amazing... LOVE your blog its amazing and your just so STYLISH babe!!!

    and your vintage tooled bag i WANT!!! very in now... and so is the kimono look!!!

    you are ROCKING it!!!

    wanna follow each other?

    http://street-chic-blahhhhh.blogspot.com/

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  51. I love this!!! I kind of want one now... I actually want two--one to keep as is to wear around the house and then one like yours!

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  52. it's beautiful- and your shoes are super hot too!

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  53. Wait.. this is stunning! :) You're really good at changing the kimono into the cardigan, it's gorgeous! =] Now I'm craving a trip to the mall... must get a kimono cardi now, I saw Urban Outfitters had some great ones last time I was there! :)

    xooxoo
    http://runawayinla.blogspot.com

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  54. Lovely kimono~ Looks so nice on you. I'm going to make me one too~ I hope it turns out as nice as yours, haha.

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  55. Wow you are so creative! That kimono look so nice after you convert it into cardigan!

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  56. Perfect DIY. Wouldn't have guessed it wasn't from a shop. And that bag has some of the best work I've seen

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  57. You're a genius! you look stunning like always.

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  58. i love it!!! the print is gorgeous =]

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  59. Looks great!!! you really made a beautiful kimono! ^^

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  60. You are just so pretty and I love the DIY kimono cardi! You did a great job!

    xx

    EB

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  61. This is such a great idea! now I have to head back to the thrift shop and hoard those house robes. lol. xx

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  62. LOVE the colours and kimono top, i was looking for one, but i think i will make my own now =) ty for sharing!

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  63. you looked amazing dear with that kimono you made your self! and wow for the talent girly! :) very impressive love the final look...

    take care..

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  64. I would love to make one of those! But summer´s almost over + mine would never look as good as yours ;)

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  65. I love a lot the print, is really cute and also your mixed perfectly with the camel bag.

    See you cutie!

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  66. Thanks for visiting!! Love your DIY cardigan, great idea!

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  67. I love it... and that pretty pink dress underneath!

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  68. omg! thats amazing girl! it looks absolutely fab you look lovely <3

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  69. my goodness that is beautiful.
    you did an amazing job of transforming it into such a wearable piece.
    i love it doll.<3

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  70. That print is just gorgeous. Looks amazing and very classy.
    xo
    Alexa
    www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

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  71. I love your DIY Kimono! The pattern is so beautiful!

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  72. Great job, it's a nice idea.
    Your outfit is so lovely.

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  73. What an awesome giveaway!
    Thanks for sharing :)
    I really love that kimono!
    xoxo
    Olivia

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  74. I love this, i need to make one asap! :)

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  75. It's so beautiful. I like the look which You styled up!

    xoxo Ra

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  76. You are super awesome - well done!

    Love the blog - following you :-). Stop by soon!

    http://www.oddandchic.com

    xxx

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  77. Very unique and it looks comfy too! :]

    Btw I'm so sorry, but I'm not sure if you were joining my giveaway.

    You commented that you were my follower on GFC and twitter, but I'm not quite sure you wanted to join because you didn't tell me which 2 bracelets you wanted which was mandatory to enter.

    Please clarify! I would love for you to join! <3

    xoxo, Bree

    http://vivalabreee.blogspot.com/

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  78. What a beautiful DIY project- I love silk kimonos (and like you would like to wear them outside the bedroom!)

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  79. I love this DIY! The robe looks great as a cardigan - it doesn't look too house-robe-like at all after the DIY. The print is beautiful too :)

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  80. I wonder what I could do with those old silky robes I see in goodwill. I'm going to save this idea. Looks so pretty with the old purse.

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  81. Such a beautiful kimono dear! I wish i'm as talented as you when it comes to tailoring. It looks so well made!!! :) Thanks for popping a comment on my blog. I'm a new follower, like your blog! Follow me too? Kisses.
    xoxo,
    LoveSkinBest

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  82. Wow!!! Love the outfit.. I wish I could do this, but I probably don't have the time too. Looks great!!!

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  83. :) So impressed with your DIY skills. You look amazing in this outfit.

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  84. u need to make me one!! he he he :)) i love it on you. so cute!

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  85. you totally DIY'd this perfectly! I love how it turned out, great vision and execution. it is AWESOME!

    xoxo

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  86. Sweetie what a fantastic job u did, great!!!! I really love it! U look radiant!:)
    xoxo
    Jelena
    http://glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com/

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  87. So talented girl . Love the way you made it! What a great vintage bag! beijos

    htt://www.cougarvintage.blogspot.com

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  88. So creative, I love the final product. I wish I had a cute robe I could chop off... maybe I'll thrift shop or sew my own... Thanks for the idea :) Your photoshoot looks great!!

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  89. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the entire ensemble. You are incredibly talented.

    Stay FABulous, As Always
    The Other Coco Chanel

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  90. So amazing, well done I love it.

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  91. love it ! it's so unique. i love how you can convert something into a really gorgeous thing to wear.

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  92. Great DIY kimono! You did a fabulous job, and love the vintage clutch.

    xo L.

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  93. This is a great DIY project and the result is beautiful!

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  94. This is amazing! I would have had no idea that was originally a robe. I think you made a wise choice - it is much more versatile now...

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  95. I love it! So creative! ^_^ I'll steal mum's robe and make one as well. ;)

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  96. Divine. I'm really digging the kimono topper this season. Looks fantastic on you.

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  97. wow. awesome kimono. well done. love your blog btw. ill definitely be visiting again. love the way you take and display your pictures. c:
    fallenmoon

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