On the previous one, the top actually crosses over and you can tie the top in the front if you wish to do that. I happened to not like tying a top on my waist since I am short-waisted and it makes me look wider than I am. So this is more my style.
This short sleeve mid-length kimono pattern is specially designed with the “apple” body shape figure. This type of figure is very tricky to dress since a protruding stomach might be a bit challenging to hide.
For more thoughts on Tips to Make Your Style Match Your Figure, please check out this popular post.
Pay special attention to my fabric recommendations so you end up with a top that is both flattering and attractive no matter what your size.
The trend this Autumn and Winter is going to be monochromatic outfits cinched at the waist. As I always say; there's no need to always chase the fashion trends to avoid becoming a fashion victim, the classics are always in style.
However, the monochromatic look is one that will notably add elegance and make your outfit look more expensive but we are not going to explore it today. Rather, I am using very thin silk, super soft that I picked up years ago in Bangalore, India. It is not the easiest thing to sew, and I choose not to use fusible interfacing because it would ruin the collar band. However, it does make for a questionable hanger appeal. I do need to steam the seams more, but I have identified the culprit of the bit of puckering in the fabric. The thread is very tight. So I will be taking the stitch out and loosening it a bit to avoid the puckered look at the front.
I am keeping the sides open since the type of vent we are using adds fluidity to the top.
The long neckline will also streamline your figure.
Soft fabric will follow the curves of your body without adding pounds.
- 2.5 to 3 yards of fabric (depends on size) of silk, rayon, or 20% stretch knit
- Thread to match
- Fusible interfacing matching the length of the front-facing
- The sewing machine I'm using is the Bernina 350 PE
- French curve ruler
- Yardstick, meter or a large straight ruler
- 2B mechanical pencil
- Eraser (because we all make mistakes)
- Paper scissors
- Sticky tape
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How to Get the Pattern
I am using the same pattern from the Linen V-Top, so download that pattern and follow me on how to transform it into this short sleeve mid-length Kimono pattern.
You will only need the front and back pieces.
This project is for beginners who want to learn to do a simple pattern transformation. At the end of this series, you will end up with 4 different looks.
Read the additional tutorials before cutting the fabric.
How To Make Your Short Sleeve Mid Length Kimono Pattern
The first thing we will do is to make the opening at the front so the top can be worn open or crossover and tied with a belt. Next, we will elongate the top, we will draft the sleeves, then we will be sewing the top. The whole thing should take you no more than 4 hours to make.
Step One: Transform the Front
Lay the front of the top on the table. Trace a straight line from the neckline to the hemline. This straight line should be parallel to the grainline and to the sideline.
Cut off the front with your paper scissors.
Step Two: Elongate the Top
Follow this tutorial to learn how to lengthen a top. I am making mine 15″ longer, however, lengthen yours by however much you need.
Step Three: Sew the Shoulders
Sew the front to the back at the shoulder seam.
Step Three: Making the Collar and Sleeve
Measure from one side of the collar through the neckline to the end of the other side of the collar hem, plus 3/4″. For example 89″ + 3/4″= 89 3/4″
Step Four: Cut the Collar and Sleeves
Measure the armhole from the front notch to the back and add the seam allowance times two. I go into detail on how to sew the armband or sleeve on STEP FOUR here.
Cut the collar and sleeves on a straight grain line.
Wrong sides together, fold both collar and the cuff of the sleeves in half lengthwise.
Step Five: Sewing the Collar
Attach the collar starting at the hem leaving 3/8″ to fold the hem. Pin the collar all the way to the other side of the top leaving the 3/8″ for the hem.
Step Six: Sewing the Sleeve Cuff
The cuff is sewn in the same way as the Linen V-neck top, so follow that section well.
Ideally, you have already downloaded and made the first top, so this step will be just a breeze for you. If you have not, it is important to read the instructions for the Linen V-Top and understand the sewing procedure.
With that done your Kimono is all finished!
Do you have another idea for transforming the original pattern? The V-neck top pattern is very well suited for transformation and experimenting. Did you like the transformation into a short sleeve mid-length kimono pattern, or would you rather download your own? Do let me know in the comments section below.
A Quick Response To A Comment
I also wanted to take a moment to address a trend that has been happening in the USA and one that causes a bit of confusion for those of us who do not live in the USA and are not familiar with the Politically Correct movement.
Here is a comment I received from a reader on the first Kimono top pattern: “I know you mean well, by calling a top kimono you are culturally appropriating it.”
I did not approve the comment, because where will we end up if we cannot appreciate the works and art of cultures different from our own? Appropriation is such a politically charged word and is used to mean that what we are doing is disrespectful, I prefer to use adaptation, assimilation, or even just borrowing. After all, it is how we learn and a great way to show our appreciation.
Adapting and assimilating is how we learn to write, sing, and dress. In fact, nearly everything that we know, especially in the arts, has come from some other country, time period, or culture. I believe by learning and adapting from other cultures is why today we have the advances in all fields that we enjoy today. But that's just my opinion, take a look at this young YouTuber on the subject of Americans wearing kimonos.
This is the opinion of the Japanese about a highly controversial and criticized concert that Katy Perry did in 2016. (Personally, Katy Perry is not my cup of tea but I can appreciate artistically what she was going for.) If you're interested, watch the reaction from real Japanese people on the street about Americans wearing kimonos and the criticism by the media of the video.
I can say as a Panamanian, that I am proud when I see a foreigner wearing our national costume because I know that that woman took four hours to get dressed and she is wearing it with pride and she feels beautiful because people cannot stop admiring her. We see it as the highest form of respect for our culture.
What do you think? I am very interested in your opinion on this subject please comment in the section below.
Anyways, Until Next Time, Happy Sewing!