Kimono Top: an alternative to wearing pajamas to work…

kimono topAbout a year ago I began to see a disturbing trend on the streets.  Some of the young ladies were walking around in what to me resembled pajamas.  Now, I think when it comes to clothing, I am pretty opened minded.  If I see anyone at the 7/11 buying milk wearing pajamas, I think he or she really hates coffee without milk which is totally understandable.  However, walking under a scorching sun in the middle of a busy city street in what appears to be pajamas is a little odd, don’t you agree?  I thought one of the “kids” I saw like this probably felt they were young and cool and were trying to be noticed.  But, for the rest of the mortals like me, well, pajamas just won’t cut it to go anywhere other than to bed.

So I set about to come up with something much, much better.  I do love comfortable wearing clothing and I am happy to share an easy kimono top project for many occasions that won’t even require a serger.   A kimono design is functional and stylish.  It has all the comfortable and loose-fitting features of pajamas while looking elegant and professional enough for business or pleasure.

kimono top

The kimono top is the perfect alternative for casual Friday at the office.  It is super easy to make and a great holiday gift.  You can also wear it over a swimsuit, a turtleneck, or a pretty tank top to add a layer to your outfit.  Also makes a good breast feeding or maternity top.

Key Features:

  • Versatile uses, both professional and casual
  • Perfect beginner to intermediate project
  • Can be made in many different fabrics

kimono topMaterials:

  • Main fabric (1 1/2 yards to 2 yards depending on size, 60″ wide)
  • Contrasting fabric for sleeves and optional belt (1/2 yard)
  • Thread
  • Thinnest fusible interfacing
  • Pattern tracing paper
  • Two snaps

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27 Responses to Kimono Top: an alternative to wearing pajamas to work…

  1. Rosemary says:

    Hi. Thank you for the pattern. I don’t see where the interfacing goes. The entire top, or just the band? I am making this as a gift for my daughter.

  2. Chi says:

    thank you so much for this wonderful pattern. I’ll hope to make it soonest!!!!

  3. Shannon Phillips says:

    I love the top-do you have a picture of someone wearing it?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Not at the moment, I have donated the top to be used in a pageant, when the pictures are available, I will update the article. However, my mannequin is Size 12, 39″ (99cm) 29″(74cm) and 39(99cm).

  4. Marcy says:

    Thank you for this nice pattern. However, I cannot find a link to the instructions. The blog says, next page, but there is no next page. Help!

  5. nimacute says:

    Hello,
    thanks for sharing the pattern. It looks great. I would love to sew this 🙂
    I printed the pattern, but I can`t find a clue about which colour is which size. Could you help me, please?

    Nicole

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Nicole, thank you for pointing that out, I did forgot to include the sizes, they are in the article right after pattern layout. Please Enjoy! Kind regards,
      Mayra

      • nimacute says:

        Hi Mayra, thanks for your Response. But I must be blind. I can`t find the sizes in the article. There is one link for an additonal page,but this doesn`t work on my Computer.
        Could you copy the sizes into the thread? (Sorry to cause Trouble).

        Best regards
        Nicole

  6. Jo says:

    It looks great and I have downloaded the pattern with intention of making it, but we are about to move house! So, like many things in my sewing room will go in a box and on the back burner for a while; only hope after move is over and an over full sewing room is reorganised that my mojo is less chaotic and I can start to sew and create my head full of ideas. Thank you so much for sharing😉

  7. I think onsies should be for babies, pj’s for bedroom or relaxing at home.
    Wearing Day clothes to be in public isn’t dressing to the 9’s it is very possible to dress in casual clothes that don’t look as though you tumbled out of bed.
    Lovely Kimono top and in the right fabrics great as day or night clothes

  8. JANET says:

    i LOVE this and have enjoyed ALL the patterns you have presented. Thank You Thank you for your willingness to share and your amazing talents.

  9. Lotus Blossom says:

    Pj’s have been a thing since the 90’s. Lol! I think it’s here to stay. When your options are uncomfortable skinny jeans or jammies with fun prints, well, fun prints win out every time. There is actually pride in that! It’s just a generational difference. People under 45 don’t generally wear wool slacks or a top other than a t-shirt. We even wear jeans to work! This top is cute. I might make it for work. but unless there is a work dress code, the majority of us will stick to our comfort-for-errands look. No need to belittle us for not dressing to the 9’s to mage a run to the store. We find clothing to have different importance than you. You wear clothes as a reflection of your beliefs and character. We do not. We prefer to rely on our actions overall to present ourselves to the world. When you belittle us for something we see as superficial and meaningless, like the clothes we wear, and it is not a question of modesty (which is a valid discussion), you are introducing a sharper divide between the generations. In other words, we see you as old and irrelevant.

  10. ebmozo says:

    This is so pretty! Thanks a lot! Guess what? I’m actually going to use this pattern to make actual pajama tops and partner them with pajama shorts. I have 5 yards of fine linen just waiting for this pattern, and I’m excited to start sewing them. I promise not to wear the pajamas outside my bedroom 🙂 Thanks again Mayra and Deby!

  11. Bijoux says:

    Thank you for the free kimono top pattern. The people I see wearing pajamas unfortunately would be too lazy to make this. We have many people in my area doing this and it is not for style but laziness. Looks like they crawled out of bed and decided to go shopping. I even see kids out with in pajamas as if mom was too lazy to get them dressed. I do not mean babies. To top it off, they even wear slippers out…HOW LAZY IS THAT!

    I think it is sad to see all this & then kids growing up to do the same because they don’t know any better. I even see guys doing it here. Not cool!

    So many people have lost sense of pride and I am glad to see all the great things you do to keep in style.

    Thank you so much for sharing all these pretty things to make.

  12. Good idea, I will try it. Thank you.

  13. Tove Edens says:

    A versatile top for so many times. My first Kimono Top will be made in a light sweater knit to be used as a vest on these cool fall days.

  14. Dianne Padich says:

    Nice tip. Can’t agree with you more about these people wearing pajamas on the street. I don’t get it. I once saw a woman in the grocery store with her kids and everyone of them (including Mom) in pajamas. Was raised to believe that pajamas were for lounging in the evening or bed.

  15. Kristie says:

    Never mind. I just read all the way through the post and now see the info regarding snap detail. Thanks for the great pattern! My hubby is building me a sewing corner today and I can’t wait to add this to my list of projects.

  16. Kristie says:

    Just curious. The original picture looks like the blouse is banded at the bottom and one of the last pictures with the white belt looks like it is open. Are the directions for either option? Thanks!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Kristie, is the same blouse, you can wear it three different ways. All instructions on the article.

      Kind Regards,

      Mayra

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  18. Bridgette says:

    I love it!!! Thank you!

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