Another kimono cardigan top – a viscose version!

A kimono cardigan top! I made the pattern for this kimono cardigan top for my sewing classes. It is a project that you can make in any of my sewing classes. There are more details here. I found I’ve been wearing the first one I made quite a bit. The first was made in Lady McElroy lightweight polyester jersey. I chose a woven viscose for this version. The over sized paisley design and the soft coral shades in this fabric fitted perfectly with other clothing items that I have been making.

I increased the length for this kimono cardigan top. Originally it was hip length which I find easy to wear with jeans for every day wear. I added around 20cm to the length for this version which I like too.

One of the perks of writing for magazines is that when I am working with another suppliers fabric I sometimes have a little bit left over. This pink jersey is left over from the edge to edge cardigan I designed for Sew magazine a couple of months ago. There was just enough left to make a sleeveless hip length vest top. It couldn’t have been a more perfect colour to go with the paisley print. This is also a self-drafted pattern I made a long time ago and updated slightly for this top.

The neck edge of this kimono cardigan is finished with a wide folded neck band. I made the hem and cuff hems quite deep. The finished hem depths being 3cm.

I wore this kimono cardigan here with my fav self drafted charcoal linen trousers. A nice easy versatile every day outfit. It is very satisfying to sometimes make a super speedy make like this. Its such an easy style to wear to and great for lovely sunny weather!

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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