This project has been designed by Little Miss Fancy Frocks – the dynamic mother-daughter duo who lovingly create handcrafted clothing for adults and children. Visit their Facebook page here.
Minerva Crafts have kindly provided the materials for this project. Visit them for all your sewing and crafting needs.
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…
Fabric – you will require twice the finished kimono length x the width
With arms outstretched measure from wrist to wrist and add 3cm.
Standing upright measure from the front of the neck to the length required and add 3cm.
Cut out two rectangles – Width required plus 3cm x length required plus 3cm.
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.
Machine stitch the long sides of each rectangle and then stitch the short sides.
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.
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.