I have been wanting to make the Kimono dress for a while now, it looks so simple and elegant and I’ve seen some great versions around. Doughtys sent me some beautiful cotton lawn to make it. The colour and print are perfect for this time of year and for making it more wearable for work. I made a mistake when I was ordering the fabric and didn’t actually order enough for the dress! I decided to hack the dress into a blouse, as I still wanted to try the pattern out and definitely wanted to use the fabric!
To make the blouse version I cut the pattern out as normal but also cut the bottom half off. I used the first lengthen/shorten line to cut along to determine the length of the blouse. I think the length has worked out well on me (I’m 5’8 for reference).
One of the features of the Kimono Dress is the wide belt that wraps around. I love this, but thought it might be a little overwhelming on a shorter blouse. Instead, I cut two slimmer tie belts out. I used the pattern piece for the tie belt that comes with the pattern, but folded it in half so it was slimmer.
I then attached one belt to each front edge of the blouse at the waistline. To determine where to place them I tried the blouse on and wrapped the front over and then marked the waistline with pins.
I also left an opening on the right hand side seam to thread one of the waist ties through. This turns the blouse in to a proper wrap top and it it really secure.
I love the sleeves on this, they are floaty and flattering. This blouse was such an easy make, even with the adjustments I made. I need to make more of these as this is such a versatile make, it looks good with a skirt for work and also with jeans.
The fabric was lovely to work with and is just what you would expect from a high quality cotton lawn. I love that the print is monochrome and a bit more of a graphic floral. I try to avoid prints that are too girly so this is perfect for me.
I asked my husband to take photos of this and he told me it was the nicest thing I’ve made in ages. He is painfully honest about the clothes I make so I feel really positive about this pattern and fabric! I can highly recommend the blouse hack and I think it is really wearable.