Wear to Where: Outdoor Festival

Today I am joining in on the fun of the Where to Wear series that Katy of Wild and Wonderful and Angelica of Gardening in High Heels are hosting.  In this series they are pitting sewing bloggers up against fashion bloggers with different everyday scenarios that we are to dress ourselves for.   Today’s theme is outdoor festival.   I am so excited to share my makes with all of you!

Musings of a Seamstress - boho kimono

Now, I am not one to attend music festivals like Coachella and Bonaroo. Heck, I don’t even think I want to go to Burning Man.  It is just not my scene and it is too hot!  All that being said I love the wild child boho fashion that goes along with those festivals.  I am more inclined to go to a local festival like the Elkhart Jazz Fest or a movie night here in town.  I knew I wanted to translate that free-spirited fashion into a upscale look that fits the festivals I want to attend and this is the result.

Musings of a Seamstress - boho kimono

I started with my little black dress, McCall’s 6073, that I made last year at this time.  It really is the perfect knit dress for me.  To capture that airy flowy boho style I knew a floral chiffon was the fabric I wanted to use.  I have several to choose from but this is the one I settled upon.  I picked it up last year at Zinck’s Fabrics for $2.99 a yard.  It is a lovely airy crinkle chiffon with gold threads woven in and a romantic watercolor floral print.

Musings of a Seamstress - boho kimono

I ended up using 1.5 yards of this stashed chiffon for my self drafted kimono cardigan.  For this version I added 10″ in length.  I love this longer version.  It is a great length to go with dresses for a more dressy look, but it also pairs perfectly with shorts and a tank top for a more casual look.

Musings of a Seamstress - boho kimono

I accessorized by adding one of my favorite tan belts and my vintage sewing machine necklace to complete the look.  I am really going to enjoy wearing this outfit this summer.

Musings of a Seamstress - boho kimono

For an even more boho look, this is my original short kimono cardigan I made last summer.  I used a feather and floral printed chiffon  for it.  I love this short version paired with shorts or jeans over the black dress.

Musings of a Seamstress - boho kimono

I would love to release both versions of this pattern to all you wonderful sewists!  I know you all can come up with some great versions.  I need some help to do that though.  I need someone who can take my digital pattern and turn it into a downloadable PDF.  Any takers or leads on who could do that?

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17 Responses to Wear to Where: Outdoor Festival

  1. Katy M. says:

    That big floral print on your first kimono is giving me all sorts of heart eyes! I can’t think off the top of my head who converts paper into pds for you…but I know there are some designers out there that will. Let me think on it!

    • smclevenger says:

      Haha! Thanks! I am really looking for someone to take my digital DXF files and convert them in Illustrator.

  2. Jamie Ward says:

    I love this! You are totally rocking the boho stye here. I’m obsessed with the pattern of that first kimono cardigan!! <3

  3. Jess says:

    love the kimono 🙂 I can help with digitizing…feel free to send me an email 🙂

  4. April says:

    Love it!

  5. Cat says:

    I love your outfit choices! And I love Zinck’s. It’s been way too long since my last trip out there (It’s about an hour for me) but I need to go soon.

    • smclevenger says:

      Thanks! I go to the Zinck’s in Ligonier, IN. It opened about 2 years ago I think. I really like it and I posted a review about it here.

  6. Kat says:

    The longer line kimono really is so beautiful! I agree with you – it does dress up the outfit. I love how it flows so nicely. Gorgeous!

  7. The fabric that you chose for the kimono is so perfectly wild child with a touch of elegance. And self-drafted too?? I’m impressed! With the black dress and the pop of accessories, it’s a perfect statement. Nailed it!

  8. Both of your kimonos are absolutely beautiful, they look great paired with your black dress and belt! I’m not much of a sewer, but seeing this makes me want to bust out the sewing machine. Ooo…and I agree with your response above, a fringe kimono would be fantastic!

    • smclevenger says:

      Thanks! I am working to get this pattern into a downloadable PDF, so you will definitely have to pull out your machine!!

  9. Becky says:

    Lovely! I love the boho styles, but I also like that this one is everyday wearable.

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