Kimono Top: an alternative to wearing pajamas to work…

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 Pattern layout kimono-top

Pattern Sizeskimono top


Finished Garment Measurements


Step One: Preparing the material and supplies

There is not much to prepare other than cutting the pattern to the size you require.  Seam allowance is included and it is 5/8″.

Step Two: Sewing the shoulders

Pin the shoulders and sew the shoulder at 5/8″.kimono topkimono top

Iron the seam allowance open.  Fold each side of the seam allowance under and iron.  Pin into place. This is how the kimono top side stitches will look.

Step Three:  tips for fitting your kimono top and sewing the sides.

Find a full-length mirror and place the kimono top over your shoulders.  Find the smallest part of your torso.  This is where the belt would go if you chose to use one.  

We are not all built the same way.  I have a short torso and you are probably tall.  So my waist is not where yours is.  The best way to make sure the top is going to fit you well is to create a waistline even if you think you do not have one.  Find where you would normally wear a belt and mark it with a pin.  Take the top to the sewing machine and sew from that pin to the hem at 5/8″.  If you are a true hourglass figure, meaning your chest and hips are about the same and your waist is considerably smaller than those measurements, then sew from notch provided on the pattern to the hem. Kimono Top

Cut the seam allowance straight to the stitching line but not through it.Kimono Top

Fold each seam allowance just like you did on the shoulder seam.kimono top

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

  1. Suzanne says:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. jignov says:

    Wow… very useful information you have shared.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  8. 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. :-).

  9. 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.

  10. Sue Wilders says:

    I can’t wait to try it

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. nanjm says:

    beautiful! thanks

  14. zuwena says:

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

  15. kadunajoy says:

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

  16. 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

  17. 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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