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Printed Silk Kimono Top

Added Aug 13, 2015

by slmnstyle

Portland, Oregon...






I started making this top months ago and for some odd, unexplainable reason, never finished it until now. It was a very easy pattern to make. I used Simplicity 1318 pattern, but cut the back piece on the fold instead of making a center back seam. I used French seams for all interior seams including the sleeve.
I attempted to add a wide satin band around the perimeter of this, but it did not sit well and just looked wonky, so I removed it and made a narrow hem for the outside and the sleeve edges. I may go back and embellish this top further with beading or adding a trim to the edge if I can find a nice one, or just leave it as is.
Since this top is so flowy and loose, it slips off my shoulders easily and needs constant adjustments while wearing. As a solution to this, I sewed a tiny lingerie thread chain and snaps to the seam allowance at the shoulders so that I can at least try to hold this up if wearing a tank top underneath.

Material Notes

silk chiffon with a burnout velvet floral pattern,
tiny clear plastic snaps




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Romantic
Chiffon, Silk

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  • Olga_large

    Aug 15, 2015, 04.27 PMby RedBelka

    Looks lovely!

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Aug 18, 2015, 05.21 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you so much!

  • El_large

    Aug 14, 2015, 09.08 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    So Lovely and excellent !

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Aug 18, 2015, 05.21 PMby slmnstyle

      Thanks Ellen!

  • _34_large

    Aug 14, 2015, 06.11 PMby liliv-1

    It’s wonderful as always!

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Aug 18, 2015, 05.20 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you so much, that is very nice of you to say!

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    Aug 14, 2015, 05.27 AMby Mary Athey

    This is gorgeous and working with this kind of fabric is hard work.if you’re wearing a vest/cami. Underneath you could attach a tie at the shoulder Seams to attach to your top or bra.that’s what I do x

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Aug 18, 2015, 05.20 PMby slmnstyle

      Great idea about the little tie inside! Could be a nice touch inside a top. Thank you!

  • Burda_large

    Aug 14, 2015, 04.44 AMby izbott

    Very cleaver! Thank you for the tip. I love your project as it’s very pretty & nice.

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Aug 14, 2015, 05.19 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you very much!

  • 03003e1f_2_large

    Aug 14, 2015, 03.53 AMby sewing fanatic

    this is a very very gorgeous kimono! i know what you mean; i have several different projects on the go, none finished until i go back to them, but i choose which one to work on as the mood takes me lol

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    Aug 13, 2015, 09.06 PMby cchristie

    What an exquisite kimono top. I reckon unfinished projects are just part of sewing. Well done you for finishing them!

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Aug 13, 2015, 09.12 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you! I was looking for something to wear to an event, and had a few hours to spare, so I thought why not finish this up and wear a something new (and made by me)!

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