Step Five: making the kimono top neckline
Measure from the center back at the neckline, to the end of the front side.
Use your pattern tracing paper and trace a rectangle that is the length of the measurement you just took by 2″ wide, in my case is 33″ in length and 2″ wide.
Add the 5/8″ seam allowance on each side. Draw the seam allowance at the end of the binding as well shown here as a vertical line.
Trace the cutting line from the center of the binding to the edge as shown in the photo creating a triangle at the end of the neck binding.Erase the unnecessary lines and you are left with a triangle at the end that will match the shape of the front of the kimono top. Mark the fold line, which is the middle of the neck binding. This line will also act as the grain line. Cut on a bias.
At the end of this neck, binding add 5/8″ for the seam allowance. Label your pattern “Cut two” and remember cut two of this neck binding.
Congratulations you have drafted your first collar, well at least on this site!
Step six: hemming the kimono top with a binding
Measure the bottom of the top. Make a band of that length plus 1″ by 3 1/2″ wide. Mine is 62″ so I am going to have to cut two strips and join them at the back.Iron the seams open and cut half of the seam allowance. Align the center of the band with the center back of the top. Fold what is now a band in half. This is basically just a big bias tape. Pin the band 3/8″ from the corner of the top. If your band is longer than 3/8″ this is fine. Just do not let it go beyond 5/8″ as it will be hard to fold.
Fold the end of neckband 3/8′. Fold the neck binding in half.Topstitch all around the neck binding, starting on one end of the collar and finishing on the other end of the collar.
I have added a double stitching line as a decorative detail. You can either use a double needle or just repeat the step. Starting at the corner of the hem, sew to the next corner and pivot your work. Inside view. I have added another stitching line to simulate a decorative detail.
If you want to have exactly the exact look in the feature image, I recommend that you add snaps to the sides of the top so that the garment stays closed without a belt. You can measure yourself where you want to put these snaps depending on how tight you want the fit.
Alternatively, you can just use a belt to keep the kimono top closed. In the picture below, cut a strap of fabric the color of the armbands the length of your waist plus 28 to 30″ by 5″. Sew at 5/8″ leaving one end open to turn the belt inside out. Close the belt using a double stitch to match the rest of the blouse finish.
I hope you found this project easy to make. I really love the print since it's youthful and makes me feel young.
This top is a great overlayer. You can wear it with a pencil skirt or skinny jeans, to the movies, a picnic or over your swimsuit. This also makes a great breastfeeding or maternity top!
Leave your comments below. I'd love to hear what you think. Until next time!