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!