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Kimono Top Tutorial *UPDATED*

I wanted to provide y'all with a tutorial so you could "Make A Difference" for baby
Lily. You can read about Lily HERE.

So here it is!

Since this top is for a 10 month old baby I really wanted to make it baby friendly.

I used buttons (or snaps) instead of ties. Baby fingers like to pull on things and I didn't want Mom to have to constantly retie to the top. I also tried to use soft fabrics. I made a few from knit. I think they will be super comfy!
      Supplies Needed:
  • 1/2 yard of Fabric
  • Bias Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pattern (HERE)
  • Thread
  • Buttons or Snaps
  • Ribbon
  • Sewing Machine

Print out the pattern pieces.  There are 4 pieces to the front and 2 for the back.

  In each you will notice at little mark.

Grab these 2 pieces.  See the little marks in the corners of the paper?

Lay the papers one on top of the other matching the marks one on top of the other. Tape in place.

Next grab these 2 pieces and match up the marks.  Tape together.

Now you will have these 2 bigger pieces.

Again match up the marks and tape together.

Do the same thing with the 2 back pieces.

Lay out the pattern pieces on your fabric.
The BACK Kimono piece is placed on the fold pictured above.
Cut out the pieces.  You should have 1 BACK piece and 2 FRONT pieces.

Lay the BACK piece down with the right side of the fabric facing up.
Place one of the FRONT pieces facing down on top of the BACK piece

Sew the top and the side seams.

Repeat for the other FRONT piece.

This is what it will look like.

Pin the bias tape around the edges starting in the middle back.

Over lap the bias tape and pin where the bias tape meets. 

You are going to sew close to the edge of the bias tape. Start sewing just past where the bias tape is over lapped.

Stop sewing just before you get to where the bias tape over laps.

There will be a little gap.

This part can be a little tricky!
Unfold the ends of the bias tape and pin right sides together.

Sew.  Trim excess fabric.  Fold bias tape as pictured above.


Now for the sleeves.
Fold 1/2" and then another 1/2".

Stitch 3/8" from edge.

Mark and sew the button holes. If using snaps apply them where the button holes would go.

Sew on the buttons.

Cut a piece of ribbon about 4" long.  Fold it in half and sew a button or add a snap. Button it into the button hole or snap it together if using snaps and adjust ribbon length as needed.

Stitch the ribbon to the inside seam of the left side.

Button it up.

That's it!

You can whip one up in about an hour (maybe less)! So if you have an hour or to please consider whipping  one or two of these tops up for Baby Lily!!!

Also if you do make a top for Lily please add it to the FLICKR pool.

You can also make night gown by adding 6"to the length of the pattern.  I made a couple of them for Lily too!


Lisa H. (Sewing or Something) said...

Wow yours is about a MILLION times easier than the ones I did. Those banded bottoms took forever!

Lisa H. (Sewing or Something) said...

Am I cutting on the lines of the pattern or overlapping the pages? I can't really tell from your pic.

Lisa H. (Sewing or Something) said...

Also do you know how much fabric you used?

Chocolate Drool and Kisses said...

very cute!

Anonymous said...

this is adorable and I love the tutorial that you did!! Thank you so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. www.ladybug-blessings.com (p.s. did you enter my giveaway for handstamped jewelry? It ends the 4th :)

Anji* said...

Great tutorial! The finished kimonos look so cute!

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

What a wonderful tutorial!!! I love this.. so cute... kimonos are my favorite! I hope you will share this over at the Project Party Weekend! http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/03/project-party-weekend-5-ways-to-re.html

Melissa said...

These are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing :)

Cheryl said...

Such a great post! I would like one for an adult! Have you seen a pattern for an adult?