Suki Kimono Hack: Short Cover-up

Suki Kimono Hack: Short Cover-up

Posted by Helen | August 14, 2017 | Into My Closet
Suki Kimono Cover-up

I have a simple Suki Kimono hack to share with you today! The Suki was primarily designed to be worn as an indoor dressing robe, but I have found it to be very versatile as I explore its possibilities as an everyday garment. This version is shorter and the front band has been simplified. With these changes, the Suki cover-up can be sewn in 1-2 hours! I love throwing this on for a little protection from the sun on a hot day or as a nice addition to a chic outfit in the evenings. Read on to discover how to make your own Suki cover-up!

Suki Kimono Cover-up

The first thing you need to do is straighten the front of the Suki. You can use the grainline on the pattern piece to draw straight down from the top of the shoulder to the hem. Cut or fold the excess out of the way. I also shortened the kimono to about hip length, but if you want a longer kimono, you can leave it as-is!

Next, we have to lengthen the front band to match the length of our kimono. Since the band goes around the neck, it can be hard to tell how long to make it. I like to make the band extra long and then trim it to the correct length after I have pinned it to the kimono in the next step.

Once the robe is assembled, pin the front band to the kimono and check the length. You want the raw edge of the front band to sit 1/2″ up from the bottom of the robe, so you may need to trim off the end of the front band. If your band is too short at this point, you can trim the bottom of the robe or plan to do a wider hem.

Suki Kimono Cover-up

Unpin the bottom of the front band and fold it together with right sides facing. Sew the end closed using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Clip the corner and turn the band right side out again.

Once you have finished the ends of the front band, it will sit 1″ up from the bottom of the robe. Sew the front band to the robe, finish the edge, and optionally edgestitch it to secure it in place.

Fold the hem up 1/2″ and then 1/2″ again and sew to complete your cover-up.

That’s it for creating a simple Suki cover-up! This was such a satisfying sew and it is really fun to wear. The day we took these pics it was really windy, which really added to the whole look in my humble opinion. If you’d like to give this pattern a try, you can grab the PDF of the Suki Kimono in my shop!


I hope you enjoyed this simple Suki hack! I am looking forward to making a fall Suki cover-up as well. Perhaps a longer version in a nice neutral tencel twill?

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Thanks, Helen–it looks great in this fabric! I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to keep the overlap and ties on the short version–my office gets so cold. I really like the open look, too, though. Decisions, decisions!

Love this; totally bookmarked for future reference! X

Beautiful Suki hack, perfect for light protection!
Thank you to share.

What type of fabric have you used for this latest hack? It’s gorgeous!

Thanks Deb! Sorry I forgot to mention it in the post. This is a rayon poplin from Blackbird Fabrics! Its sold out now, but she has lots of other prints in the shop 🙂

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Very cute! Just curious on the yardage. I have 1.5 m of a rayon poplin also from Blackbird and was wondering if that would be enough for s size small?

Hi Karen! It may fit on that piece, it depends on the length you plan to do. I would lay out the pieces on the fabric and see if you can get it all to fit. Maybe try shortening the sleeves slightly too. I would say there is a good chance it will fit!

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