If you've ever dressed a little baby, you'll know how much they like to wiggle; making it really difficult to put any clothes on them. Any item of clothing which needs to go over the baby's head, or has lots of fiddly buttons can be especially cumbersome. That's why I love baby clothes with a front opening, such as this baby kimono onesie.
My baby girl, Umi, has been wearing a kimono as her pyjamas ever since she was born. She's recently grown out of the kimono I bought for her in Japan, so I decided to make my own baby kimono in a bigger size.
The Sewing Pattern
This baby kimono onesie sewing pattern comes in two sizes, 3-6 and 6-9 months. Umi is 7 months old and she is wearing the 6-9 months size. Make sure you print the sewing pattern WITHOUT adjusting the size. You can check if you have printed correctly by measuring the test square with a ruler.
Cut off the border and glue the 6 pages of the sewing pattern together so it looks like this:
You Will Need
- Add the seam allowances as shown below before cutting the fabric. In case the diagram below is hard to read, you just need to add 1.5cm (3/5″) to all edges, except for the neckline and hem. Also cut approx. 85cm (25″) of 2cm (4/5″) wide bias tape from the same fabric.
- Cut 6 pieces of cotton tape, 18cm (7″) long each. Optional Step: You could make your own ties from your fabric, instead of using purchased cotton tape.
- With the wrong sides facing, stitch the shoulder seams together. Trim half the seam. Zigzag stitch the shoulder seam down towards the back. See Step 3 of my Baby Kimono Top sewing tutorial for photos.
- Fold sleeves twice and stitch.
- Baste cotton tape to left side seam where marked.With the right sides facing, stitch side seams 0.6mm (1/4″) from edge. Trim close to edge. Carefully snip seam along curve.
Turn garment so that the wrong sides are facing each other. Stitch 0.6mm (1/4″) from edge, encasing the raw seams. See Step 5 of my Baby Kimono Top sewing tutorial for photos.
- Press the bias tape in half lengthways. Starting at the back of neck, attach bias tape along raw edge of kimono by inserting raw edge into folded bias tape. Baste stitch the bias tape by hand first, then machine stitch. Remove basting stitches.
- Attach cotton tape to front of kimono, where marked. Stitch a small square to hold cotton tape in place. Stitch the free end of the cotton tape to prevent fraying.
- Attach snap buttons where marked.
I used a soft, light denim coloured knit fabric for my baby kimono. I think this would make a lovely gift, especially as a set with the baby kimono top (free sewing pattern) available for download over at my blog, Sew in Love!