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Child's Kimono Top Project

Sew an easy kimono top for a child

Make this pretty kimono top in a floaty fabric for the summer. An ideal project for the beginner to dressmaking, it incorporates two seams, double hems and hand sewn buttons.

 

You will need...

Materials for kimono top

Fabric – you will require twice the finished kimono length x the width

8 buttons

Sewing thread

Sewing machine

 

Instructions

Measuring width for kimono top

With arms outstretched measure from wrist to wrist and add 3cm.

 

Taking measurements for a child's top sewing project

 Standing upright measure from the front of the neck to the length required and add 3cm.


Laying out the fabric

 Cut out two rectangles - Width required plus 3cm x length required plus 3cm.


Work hems for kimono

Work a double hem on all four sides of each rectangle. Turn under half a centimetre and tack in place then turn under a second hem of 1cm and tack in place.


Making corners on a sewn garment

Machine stitch the long sides of each rectangle and then stitch the short sides.


Sewing seams for arms on a kimono

Lay one rectangle on top of the other rectangle with wrong sides together. I have placed a piece of white cord on the fabric to indicate the position of the seams.

The bottom of each piece of cord is positioned a quarter of the width in from the outer edges.

The top of the cord is positioned a third of the length from the top of the rectangle.

 Machine stitch each seam indicated by each piece of cord.

 

Adding the buttons

 Find the centre at the top of the rectangle and mark 13cm either side of the centre - this will be the opening for the neck. Stitch the first button in place where the neckline ends. Position three more buttons along each side of the neckline.


Button detail on kimono

 

Finished kimono top

 

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