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″.
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.
Cut the seam allowance straight to the stitching line but not through it.
Fold each seam allowance just like you did on the shoulder seam.