Spring weather calls for layers and transitional wardrobe pieces that can take you from a cool, crisp morning to a sunny afternoon. I have been eyeing all these amazing full length dusters on Pinterest lately and just had to make my own! If you remember from my fall capsule, I made a sweater knit duster but this East Texas weather is begging for something a bit more lightweight. When I saw this incredible floral cotton fabric from Blackbird Fabrics, I knew it would be perfect to recreate the Pinterest-inspired look.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this Large Print Stained Glass Floral Cotton is out of stock… however, I am super eager to see what everyone else sewed up with this amazing fabric! I’ll explain a bit of why I chose it for this project and what fabric you can use instead of this exact one!
The style of duster that I chose means that the inside of the fabric will be seen just as much as the outside. This fabric doesn’t have a clearly noticeable wrong/right side so it was perfect!!
The fabric also has a beautiful drape and its lightweight. It really worked with the crazy wind we’ve been having lately! For this style of garment, you really want to use fabric that has a good flow and doesn’t hold a shape well. The slouchier the better, in my opinion!
I used the Warrior Kimono by Striped Swallow Designs to sew this duster. I wanted a full length option, with open sides for some drama. When I saw the pattern was only $4 and that the proceeds go towards healing a SSD friend with neuroendocrine cancer, it was a must!!! The pattern also includes girls sizes, so I hope to make some Mom and Me looks soon!
The pattern has cutting chart for the body of the Kimono and one pattern piece to create the neckline. I love minimal printing and taping- which also makes for a super fast sew!
The one modification I made was to shorten the sides so that the sleeves weren’t quite as long.
Have an awesome weekend, friends!!! Get your sew on!