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

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Beata
Beata

Dear Mayra, I bought the pattern but can’t find the instructions.

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Reply to  Beata

Hi Beata, the instructions are on the website. If you go over to the left side of the screen, you can click on the green button that looks like a printer. This will generate a printer-friendly version of the tutorial for you to print if you prefer to work off paper. Many people prefer to work off a computer or iPad screen so we don’t include the instructions in the printed pattern. Hope that helps.

Beatrix
Beatrix

I really like your finished project but can’t finish mine. I call myself an intermediate sewer however never sewed a kimono. Should be easy. I just don’t understand the steps of adding the sleeve binding and the instruction shows only the half length of the bindigs. 🙁

MHPalico
MHPalico

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!

Paula
Paula

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

Suzanne
Suzanne

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

Lisa S
Lisa S

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

Suzanne
Suzanne

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!

JC
JC
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

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
Lorraine Irvine
Reply to  Suzanne

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.

jignov
jignov

Wow… very useful information you have shared.

Nikol
Nikol

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?

sue booth
sue booth

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

SANDRA CUNNINGHAM
SANDRA CUNNINGHAM

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

JC
JC

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. :-).

Erin Oakes
Erin Oakes

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?

Sue Wilders
Sue Wilders

I can’t wait to try it

Cheryl
Cheryl

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

Sarah
Sarah

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.

nanjm
nanjm

beautiful! thanks

zuwena
zuwena

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

kadunajoy

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

carol
carol

thank you

tanya
tanya
Reply to  carol

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

Carol Boyer
Carol Boyer

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