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Vintage Inspired Kimono Sleeve Shirt Tutorial

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