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 breastfeeding 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:


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

  1. MHPalico says:

    Perfect base for my Monster Hunter Rise Palico cosplay. Need to modify it a bit to have a hood, no sleeves, and a belly sash, but that’s not hard at all! Thank you so much for this pattern. I’m very excited to work with it!

  2. Paula says:

    This is my next project. Pattern on paper finished as we speak. This is my favorite sewing site. 💘 you guys .Paula

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Thank you, Paula, it means the world to me your support. It is only I for the last 5 years sadly, I could use a sewing friend so I can concentrate on making patterns and other fun projects.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Hello, I was wondering if the seam allowances are already included in the pattern, or do they need to be added?

  4. Lisa S says:

    the sleeve edging is needlessly complicated and super-prone to error. It’s also missing several steps. It cost me my project.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Always read the instructions before starting a project, an if you do not agree with the construction since you seem to know more than most can share your pictures. I am always welcome to a different point of view and grateful if someone teaches me something new. Perhaps you would like to share your way.

  5. Suzanne says:

    I know what you mean about people running around in pajamas. As you suggest, it might be some sort of “fad” for a while – who knows, but it’s not attractive. Years ago, women used to go out in hair curlers with a scarf wrapped around their heads – you never see that anymore so hopefully the pajamas thing will go away too.

    Your kimono style top is lovely! It looks great over the skirt you show and I think it would exceptionally nice over a pencil skirt too.

    Thank you for sharing the pattern!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      It is my pleasure, I agree it is only a fad that will die out soon.

      • JC says:

        I think the thing about this being a “fad” and dying sooner depends on what region/county you live in. I am on the East Coast, Mid-Atlantic area of the US. I noticed this back around in 2004 when I worked in a gym part time.

        There was an elderly member that use to work out in PJ bottoms. Then around 2012-2013, (I live in a MAJOR city), I started seeing younger (mainly guys back then) wearing them IN THE STREETS, in broad daylight.

        Over the past 3-4 years, now both male AND females wear these PJs out in public with NO SHAME. Age wise-at least in my area-they are teens to 20’s.

        I personally think it is DISGUSTING!

    • Lorraine Irvine says:

      As a young teacher in the 70s a lot of mothers would bring their kids to school in the scarf covering rollers. When they picked up the kids later in the afternoon the rollers were still in place. I have always wondered when the great unveiling took place.

      Luckily the trend died out with the introduction of curling irons and hair dryers but I sometimes still wonder.

  6. jignov says:

    Wow… very useful information you have shared.

  7. Nikol says:

    Hi! I am a total beginner with sewing and I urgently need help with the bottom of the top. I just do not understand how you sew the binding ?. Are there any more pictures or videos which could help?

  8. sue booth says:

    I love the pattern and want to make it but when you’re a new sewer, it isn’t always easy to understand without a youtube video. But looks great


    Is there a pdf for the instructions? I found the download for the pattern, but would like to d/l the pages up above.

  10. JC says:

    Hello! Was wondering–could you please put the sewing level? (beg/interm/advanced) in the posts. It’s tough to tell especially when it’s not in a you tube video. Thanks so much for considering and you all do a wonderful job!

    I’m more of a visual so unless a written pattern has very detailed pics and detailed instructions, it’s tough sometimes. :-).

  11. Erin Oakes says:

    This is so cute! I love wrap dresses and skirts. I’m sure I will love this kimono top.
    Is there a link to print out the instructions?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      No Erin, in order for me to be able to make this free I need the traffic to go to my site, so BIG companies pay for my time while you can enjoy a free pattern and instructions. Hope you find this fair.

  12. Sue Wilders says:

    I can’t wait to try it

  13. Cheryl says:

    Is this made with knit fabric as opposed to woven? If so,any recommendations for the types of fabric?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I would use a knit with body and no more than 30 percent stretch otherwise it will just hang like a wet lettuce, but hey… I am always happy to be proven wrong and encourage you to explore so please let me know…

  14. Sarah says:

    I would love to have a summer top that crosses in the back (slips over the head) like the baby sundresses McCall’s put out in the 80’s.

  15. nanjm says:

    beautiful! thanks

  16. zuwena says:

    The instruction pages are not downloading. Regardless of the page clicked, only the first four pages show up for printing.

  17. kadunajoy says:

    Glad I read these comments…I’ll be looking for the longer sleeved one in the future.

  18. carol says:

    thank you

    • tanya says:

      I’m from Russia. I was looking for long sleeved kimono. And I’ve found a great idea how to sew it. Thank you very much for you master-class

  19. Carol Boyer says:

    It is a nice style and anyone can wear it. I love it, now to get my tablet connected to the printer.

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