“I have nothing to wear!”
Have you ever wished there was a garment you could make that would be fast, simple, and actually wearable in everyday life? Open-front kimono tops are definitely having a moment, with stores and designers at every price point jumping on the trend. This light throw-on layering piece couldn’t be more simple to make, and will look just perfect over anything, from a sophisticated sheath dress to your favorite concert tee. With just 1 yard (36″ by 54″) 2 seams, and a little hemming, you can make this simple kimono-style top with our free apparel pattern!
What is Tana Lawn fabric?
I chose Liberty Tana Lawn for our free pattern because it has all the features of good cotton fabric: light and airy to catch those gentle summer breezes, and always cool against your skin. You can machine wash it with a cool, gentle cycle and a little detergent, and the crisp weave will keep looking fresh for years. Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabrics are perfect for apparel– a 54″ width makes for easy pattern placement and means you get a pretty decent amount of fabric for your money.
With the body and sleeves cut as a single piece, the kimono has a gently angled front and flattering drape. One yard works perfectly with the PDF cutting diagram and will fit ladies’ sizes small-XL as is (you’ll just have more or less ease depending on body type.) If a longer length or larger size is desired, more than one yard can be used– simply fold the fabric lengthwise instead of widthwise to accomodate cutting proportions. We are so excited to see the tops you make with our free kimono pattern!
Free Easy Kimono Top Pattern
- 1 yard 54″ wide fabric (For this tutorial, I’m using theLiberty Tana Lawn print Shadow Blossom in C)
- Fabric marking pen, pencil, or Chaco liner
- Thread to match
- PDF Kimono Top cutting diagram: PCFPatternKimonoTopDiagram-1
- This pattern works best on non-directional prints (a print like the one featured that looks the same up, down, and across.) If your Liberty lawn is a directional print (such as brids or animals that you don’t want to be upside down,) use 1.5 yards to get the 54″ needed length.
- 5/8″ seam allowances are used for side/underarm seams.
- Use a zizag stitch or overlocking stitch on a regular sewing machine to finish seams. A serger’s blade may cut underarm corners too deeply as you pivot. If you would like to use a serger to finish seams, practice turning corners on a piece of scrap fabric first.
- A narrow rolled hem works best on the neck/front opening. Clip the 2 neckline corners as needed for ease. Alternatively, you can also bind the opening with premade or homemade bias tape.
- For the sleeves and bottom of kimono top, I used a 1″ hem. If you have a coverstitch machine, that would also make very nicely finished hems.
Step 1: Fabric layout
The folded edge is at the top, furthest away from you. The selvedge is at the bottom, closest to you.
Step 2: Mark lines and cut fabric
Using a fabric marking tool and ruler, mark all lines from diagram onto fabric exactly as shown.
For cutting the front “V” shape, remember to cut ONLY the top layer! cut off top of “V” at the folded edge.
Step 3: Sew!
Flip your piece over so right sides are together. Pin in place, then use a 5/8″ seam allowance to stitch up the side seam, pivot, then sew down the sleeve. Repeat on other side.
Hint: now is a good time to try your kimono top on and see how deep you want your sleeve and bottom hem to be– I choose a 1″ hem, with a 1/4″ edge turned under first so there would be no raw edges.
Hem front opening/neckline using a narrow rolled hem, clipping back neckline as needed for easing in seam. Don’t worry if you have to clip corners in order to turn hem– just backstitch over the a few times to prevent fraying.
Turn sleeve hems under 1/4″ and press, then turn them under 1″ and press. Pin in place, then stitch around. Repeat for second sleeve.
Turn bottom hem up 1/4″ and press, then turn hem up 1″ and press. Pin in place, then stitch.
Give your kimono top a final press, and you’re all done!
Make sure to take a photo and tag us on Instagram!
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