Quite a few years ago my sister gifted me a large length of fabric that a friend brought back from India. The beautiful black, burgundy and gold border print is designed to be sewn into a sari, but I wouldn’t have anywhere to wear a sari, so the fabric sat in my sewing space for quite a few years. One day I had the perfect idea: a kimono style gown! I’m often up in the night with kids, and having something light that I can quickly throw on is very convenient. The beautiful silky fabric also feels wonderful against my skin and wearing something pretty always makes me feel better, even when I’m up at midnight with my baby!
The pattern is drafted with an overlapping front and kimono, or cut on, sleeves. The sash ties at the waist and is threaded through belt loops so that it doesn’t get lost. I’ve drafted the pattern for a ‘one size fits many’, and will fit approximately sizes 4-14. If you are not lucky enough to have a length of sari fabric, it can also be made out of any light weight fabric. You could use a lightweight breathable cotton voile for summer, or a semi sheer silk for some attractive lingerie! For your free printable pattern and tutorial, click here.