Kimono Top: an alternative to wearing pajamas to work…

Step Four: sewing the arm bands

Measure where the side stitching ends and the armhole begins to the shoulder. kimono top

Cut a rectangle the same size as the measurement above plus 1/4″ by 5 1/4″ wide.

kimono top Fold this rectangle right side out and pin to the wrong side of the top. Repeat the process with the other side of the top.  Sew at 5/8″.

Sew the armhole binding at 5/8″.Cut the first two layers of the seam allowance closest to the main fabric.Fold back the first layer of fabric and cut the other two.
This is what your off cuts should look like. Fold and iron the other side of the seam allowance.  Stitch close to the edge.Sew the bottom of the sleeve at 1/4″ and iron the seam open. Stitch each side to keep the seam flat.Fold the sleeve up and repeat on the other side.

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

  1. Your kimono top looks so comfortable, and stylish too. I’ve featured it today, Mayra.

  2. Helen says:

    I haven’t ever sewn and don’t own a machine but seeing your patterns, I downloaded 2 of them to try sewing with a friend. I don’t know if I will like it but who knows? Thank you for giving me a chance to try it before investing in expensive material.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Helen, just wondering how you went with the projects? Did you made them? Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  3. William David Halbert says:

    This is Great! I just bought the fabric to make this for my wife – but do I need to cut it larger for the seams, or is this included in the pattern?

    William David

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi William, the seam allowance is included in the pattern. Enjoy! Your wife is a lucky girl!

  4. Jessica Purevich says:

    I’m a little confused about the sewing the sleeves onto the top. In the end, is the piece of white fabric folded in half or fourths?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Jessica the white rectangle is folded in half. When you are done sewing you fold it back up again.

  5. Kiki says:

    Hi Mayra, Can I make the sleeve like 8-9 inches instead of 12 inches as per your instruction? With a 12 inch sleeve I will need to wear something inside.

  6. Rosemary Matty says:

    HI, Maya, it’s me again. I’m at the point where I need to bind the neckline and the hem, but I am confused about your instructions. I get mixed up about when you are talking about the hem band and when you mean the neckline band.

    I have cut out both the neckline and hem bands. But now I don’t understand when you say “align the center of the band with the center seam of the top”. Which band is this, neckline or hem? There isn’t a center seam of my top since the back was cut on the fold. I’m assuming you mean to align the center seam of the band (I had to piece two pieces together to get my desired length) with the center of the back of the top.

    Is the hem band sewn on at this point? Is it sewn on folded, or is just one edge sewn on and the other side later folded over and sewn over the seam line?

    When you say “pin the band 3/8″ from the corner of the top”, I think you are talking about where the hem and front opening meet, but I’m not sure.

    Maybe I would understand better if I really knew if the bottom hem or the neckline band were done first.

    I’m not a new seamstress, but I am really confused by your instructions.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I am assuming you cut 2 pieces for the neck band. After sewing the pieces together, you need to align the center seam of the band with the center of the neck line in the back of the blouse. The same for the hem. Do attach then fold. Let you know when the video is up.

  7. Lai Kuen says:

    I am confused on the sewing of the sleeve where the white cloth is attached. Could you explain in more detail or perhaps in a video? Or you can direct me to a video in YouTube teaching how to sew the sleeve like how you did it? Thanks.

  8. 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.

  9. Chi says:

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

  10. 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).

  11. 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!

  12. nimacute says:

    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?


    • 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,

      • 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

  13. 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?

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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,


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  25. Bridgette says:

    I love it!!! Thank you!

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