Projects – Easy kimono style cardigan top

Alongside some of my long standing projects that I offer as part of my sewing classes I have been busy creating a few new ones. All the projects in this section of my blog are available to make during my sewing classes as an option. Most of the projects are ideal for beginners, there are projects you can make in one Saturday session or you might want to start with one of these projects on a six week course. These projects can also be booked for private groups or for venues wanting me to host a class.

Kimono tops are very much in fashion at the moment. They also benefit from being a very easy fitting shape and a simple make. I designed this one to be made in soft floaty fabric like viscose or lightweight jersey, making it a good introduction to working with these fabrics. As will all projects it is open to adaption and interpretation. The length could be changed to create a hip length or full length version. The band could be made in contrasting fabric. The addition of patch pockets and a tie belt would make an easy dressing gown or beach cover up or make in luxury silk for a low key dressy option.

This pattern is available to make in sizes 8-22. This version measures 68cm from side neck to hem. I made this sample in Lady McElroy Keswick jersey which is a very light weight jersey with a good drape.

Fabric requirements:

Choose a drapey fabric like viscose, lightweight crepe, silk, georgette and light weight jersey.

1.60m x 150cm wide fabric all sizes (based on this length).

Sizes 14 and below can be made from 112cm wide fabric, the same length of fabric would be needed. Sizes above 14 can be made in this width if the fabric print is not a directional print as the pattern would need to be laid side ways on the fabric. You would still need 1.50m of fabric.

For some print patterns you might want to buy a bit extra fabric for pattern matching or pattern placement.

We look at different options for sewing it together based on fabric choice. There may be pattern matching or placement also depending on your fabric choice. The hem and cuffs have a turned hem, on this sample I made deep single turned hems.

The neck edge is finished with a wide band applied to complete the garment.

A simple easy to wear kimono top, perfect for the summer for yourself or as a gift.

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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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