Learn how to sew a Kimono Style Topper for girls with this fast and easy sewing tutorial. The tutorial includes measurements for girls sizes 3 to 16!
DIY Girl’s Kimono-Style Topper
This free Kimono-style pattern is not really a pattern per say, but a set of measurements (you are just cutting out a rectangle of fabric and a small neckline, so creating a pattern to print seemed like a waste of resources since that printer ink is so pricey.)
I love the Kimono-style Topper I made for myself last year and wear it all the time. My missy loves the style of the top and has been requesting that I make her one too.
She’s already taken possession of this kimono-style bathing suit cover-up I made a few years ago, but she wanted in this style too.
We were at Charming Charlie’s (If you’re not familiar with them, they are a little chain boutique full of inexpensive women’s jewelry and accessories.) They are located right next door to where I get my hair done, so we always pay them a visit after my hair appt. On this trip, we came across this darling kitty cat print scarf, on sale. I showed it to my missy, and of course, she loved it. I suggested we make a Kimono out of it and she was all over that idea, lol.
When I was determining the length needed for the girl’s kimono topper pattern, I really wanted it to be just a smidge shorter, but she insisted the kimono be just a few inches longer.
I let her win; it was going to be her Kimono after all! The measurements I’ve provided below should hit right at the crotch line. (Ugh, I hate the term “crotch” – I can’t think of another term that fits, maybe “low hip”? What do you think the appropriate term is to use for a garment that hits at crotch level? Y’all leave me some comments, and maybe I will edit the description, lol.
This little Kimono Topper makes a great little bathing suit cover-up, but will also be handy for when school starts back up in the fall.
How to sew a Kimono for girls
Fit Chart: (height, in inches)
Fabric (see chart below for required amount)
Wash away sticky hem tape (helps around the neckline)
basic sewing supplies
Fabric cutting guide, including hem allowances (width by height, in inches):
1. Cut fabric into rectangle according to the chart above. 2. Fold fabric in half. (short sides together) 3. Find the center of the fabric and cut a 2-inch neckline and cut all the way down to the bottom of the fabric.
The fabric looks like this when unfolded:
4. Sew a narrow hem around the neckline, bottom, and sides of the fabric. (The neck line will be tricky on the smaller sizes. I recomend using the wash away tape to help hem the neckline.)
5. To make the sleeves, measure 1/3 down from the top of the sleeve and sew a 1-inch straight stitch at the side seam. Repeat on the other side. 6. Add trim along the bottom if desired and you are done!
If you end up making one of these, be sure to come back and share a photo on my facebook page or tag me on Instagram, using #scatteredmompatterns!