Vintage Inspired Kimono Sleeve Shirt Tutorial

April 25, 2014

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.


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.


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.


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!


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!