Today I’d like to show you my Zero Waste Kimono pattern, a very simple design that you can make using strips of narrow fabrics.
The Kimono is an ancient garment, coming for Japan and with a collection of very specific traditions it is a fascinating example of early ‘zero waste’ clothing.
The garment is constructed using strips of narrow fabric, traditionally 14 inches/ 36cm wide. An entire bolt or ‘tan’ (12.5 yards / 11.4metres) is used to make the Kimono, so nothing is wasted or cut off.
Using the Kimono as a starting point you can play around with some really simple shapes. In most modern tops we use shaped sleeves, but how about using rectangles and creating a loose fitting top based on the Kimono?. The length and width of both the body and sleeve are very flexible.
If you would like to know more about this fascinating garment click here.
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