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How to sew a Kimono Top:
Recommended Fabrics: chiffon, gauze, voile, washable rayon, lightweight knit (anything lightweight and flowy.) You can even use a scarf like I did.
The measurement provided below is “one size fits most.” (I’m 5′ 4”) If you are very short or very tall, adjust your length accordingly.
- fabric, about 44.5 inches wide by 55.5 long
- trim if desired (about 90 inches)
- basic sewing supplies (perfect time to break out that rolled hem foot, though I misplaced mine during the move and had to sew the hem with a regular foot.)
Fold fabric in half so the bottom ends meet.
Mark the fold with pins or a fabric marker
Fold fabric opposite way, (bringing the sides together) lining up the pins/marks you made. (The pins indicate the shoulder “seam.”)
Measure down 3/4 inch from pins/shoulder seam and over 4 inches from the center fold. Use a
Use a disappearing ink fabric marker and draw a rounded shape for the neckline and continue drawing the line all the way to the bottom of the fabric.
Cut out the neckline along the mark you drew.
The fabric looks like this when unfolded:
Sew a narrow hem around the neckline, bottom and sides of the fabric.
To make the sleeves, fold fabric in half at shoulder seams. With your ruler, measure down 9 inches from the top and 9 inches over from the side edge. At the intersecting point, draw a 4.5-inch line down.
Sew along the 4.5-inch line. Be sure to back stitch on both ends, and this seam will get a bit of stress and needs to be secure.
Repeat on the other side.
Add trip along the bottom if desired and you are done!
Try on your new top and take some pictures!
If you make one of these tops, be sure to share a photo to my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram with #scatteredmompatterns!