Krazy Kimono

Do you nickname your projects as you sew? I don’t usually, but this one demanded to be called the Krazy Kimono! Partly from the fabric, and partly because it didn’t come together as I planned!

Krazy Kimono

The problems started during construction. I lost the normal foot on my sewing machine and haven’t bought another yet, so I sewed the whole thing on a walking foot… and I also only had universal needles, when this vibrant poly crepe de chine definitely needed a microtex needle. (But more on the fabric later – it is the saving grace of the whole project!

Krazy Kimono

Next, the sleeves somehow came out to short for the armscye. This is an adaptation of the Helen’s Closet Suki Kimono, which I’ve sewn twice before with no issues that I remember… but this time it just didn’t work. “No problem!” I thought, as I patched in a 3″ wide rectangle to the circumference of the seam. Look closely, and you can see a section in the sleeve above that doesn’t have the border print – because of course I was running low on fabric!

All of which was fine… until…

Krazy Kimono

Fringe! Wondrous, glorious, neon fringe! I wanted the hem to have lovely swishy trim, to really highlight the fabric. But the trim I got locally was on a stretchy band, so when I sewed it on, it stretch and gathered the hem into a bubbly mess. I picked it off and tried again… then had to pick it off a second time!

Krazy Kimono

I’m pretty disappointed that the fringe didn’t work – but I’m so happy I finally ordered this fabric! I’ve been eyeing it for months wonder what to make with it, and this was a perfect summer project. The colours are fantastic, and the border print makes it extra special. I’m wearing it here with my previous Cali project, a blue Nettie dress. Together they are giving super summer vibes! Where’s my drink with a tiny umbrella?

Krazy Kimono

I would love your advice on how to get the fringe onto my Krazy Kimono! I tried zigzagging and straight-stitching it, but I think the walking foot feed dogs were catching on the fluffly trim band. Would it work better if I serged it on? Should I wait til I have a normal sewing machine foot and the right needles? Or should I just wear my fringe like a boa and give up on attaching a stretchy trim to a non-stretch fabric?

Help me out, please! Not every project is a winner, but this one is so close to great that I’d really love to make it perfect!

Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow

Hi! My name is Gillian, and I love to sew! I blog at and I run the Sewcialists.

I’ve enjoyed sewing since I was a kid, but when I started sewing clothes in 2012, it became a bit of an obsession. I’m all about wearable, comfy everyday clothes – and my wardrobe is overflowing! I’ve pulled all the colours that I love wearing into my personal colour palette, which keeps me inspired and my fabric shopping on track. I’ve ordered from Cali Fabric for years, and I’m so excited to be able to join their blogger team!

I live in Ontario (Canada) with my nerdy and awesome husband and our two cats. I’m a teacher by day, and fabric hoarder by night!

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14 thoughts on “Krazy Kimono”

  1. You could try hand basting it on or use a type of adhesive like Wonder tape. That should hold it in place and keep it from stretching as you sew.

  2. What about first sewing the trim to a non-stretch ribbon and then sewing that onto the kimono? It looks great and I love your style!

  3. I was going to suggest tacking it too, slow, but quicker than unpicking. That said, I do like the kimono very much as it is, the fabric is such a colour burst, does it need anything else?

    1. Hand-tacking it on a good idea – would be easier to take it off if I ever need to launder the thing, because the lady at the store told me that the fringe will fray in a the wash!

    1. I’ve been eyeing this print for so long wondering what to make with it! I love the colours too!

  4. I wonder if sandwiching the trim between your fashion fabric on the bottom and strips of wash-away embroidery stabilizer would work.

  5. Leave the fringe off, especially if it won’t launder the same as the kimono fabric. The fringe may just be too heavy for the fabric.

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