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vintage inspired kimono sleeve shirt tutorial

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I’ve been waiting patiently to share this tutorial with you and now I can! Spoiler alert: there’s a full sewing tutorial for this pattern over on the Craftsy blog if you wanna skip to the good stuff, but I wanted to post a few more finished photos here too.

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This vintage inspired kimono sleeve top is a super easy make and is so comfortable to wear! I think I’ll be living in these shirts come summer time. I’m very happy with the fit of this pattern, but I found the instructions to be a little confusing and there is some errata with the pieces. But fear not! I went through all that fine print in my tutorial, and I still  made a beautiful shirt despite the minor pattern mistakes.

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I used a cotton voile that had been living in my stash for years because I was scared to use it (pffft! Silly!). I was so pleasantly surprised to learn how easy cotton voile was for me to sew with!! I didn’t find it overly slippery/fiddly to cut or handle (I use a rotary cutter on a mat so that might aid in the ease of cutting), and sewing with it was a breeze. The weave still feels sturdy like a cotton should, and it presses very well with an iron, but has just enough drape for a woven tee like this one! It’s lightweight and buttery to the touch. Awesome stuff.

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I think cotton voile is my new favorite fabric! It’s a cotton, it comes in fun prints, it has just enough drape, and it’s available from all the quilting cotton companies I know and love (I currently have my eye fixed on this collection!). Lately I’ve been loving vintage influenced projects paired with modern prints. So fun!

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This was my first experience with Salme patterns. The overall finished product and reasonable price allows me to overlook the few instructions and pattern errata I got slipped up on. They have tons of cute styles so I may give them another try in the future.

If you’d like to make a shirt like this, which you should because they’re ridiculously comfortable to wear and quick to make, check out my tutorial over on the Craftsy blog!

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xo
Rochelle

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  • Kat

    Gorgeous blouse! I’ve inherited a few Enid Gilchrist books from the 1950’s (she was an australian pattern designer), and the shape of your blouse reminds me of the shape of the ‘magyar’ blouses in her books. :)

  • Sky Turtle

    it looks pretty! I really like the loose neckline

  • misscrayolacreepy

    I can attest to the awesomeness of the tutorial. I followed it step by step and didn’t even bother printing out the instructions, yours were too good!

  • Gayle Hartman-Weatherford

    You did a great job of sewing your blouse!! I enjoy sewing,but haven’t done much lately..trying to organize my art room.I like your blog….it’s vintage and chic looking.I have a blog,but mine needs to be re-done.See I have fibromyalgia so some days are difficult for me. I love all vintage things!! My parents were part of that WWII great generation. Happy Singing Needles!

  • ksgentry

    I recently attempted to help my daughter had a kimono sleeve to her princess seamed blouse but I failed miserable. I will definitely have to take this class. Thanks for the information. And your blouse is so beautiful! Another great job!

  • B & the Moon

    I do love a a Kimono sleeve!

  • Miss Beta

    Uuuh! Really nice :)
    I think I need a handful of these for Spring and Summer! Looks very comfortable and the simple lines are very nice. Beautiful fabric!

  • mancunianvintage

    Gorgeous style and print – nice work for overcoming your material fear! ;)

    http://www.mancunianvintage.com

  • stgilbert

    Why, Miss Fisher! What a lovely topper you’ve made! :)

  • Sally {thequirkypeach}

    Very cool! Love your fabric choice!!! :)

  • Tasha @ By Gum, By Golly

    Wait a minute, how have we never had a discussion about that Heather Bailey voile, those ones are actually my colors!! lol That’s the problem I’ve had so far with most voile collections, they’re gorgeous but usually the prints don’t speak to me.

    Anyway that aside– I love this blouse on you, and the drape is fantastic! Such a great shape. I can totally see having a small armful of these. And I think they’d easily pair nicely with a cardigan when it’s cooler, too! I see a wardrobe staple here… :D And the tutorial is wonderful, so clear and easy to understand. Awesome all around!

  • Lis

    Its very beutiful

    Love Lis

  • Sarah

    Looks fun! I’ve been meaning to sew more shirts. I’ll have to check it out

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