When Elisa of Salme patterns offered to let me try out one of her patterns I immediately knew that I wanted to try her kimono top. I have a pretty straight forward daily mom uniform these days which includes skinny jeans and a flowy top so I knew that I would get a lot of use out of this one.
I made it up with some silk that I bought from Paron fabrics here in NYC. It’s a panel print so I knew that I needed to make something without a center front seam and immediately thought of this pattern. I forgot how much I love wearing silk. It is so nice on the skin and breathes so much better than it’s polyester alternative.
I didn’t make any changes to the pattern except for making it into a v neck instead of a scoop. The fit is nice and flowy so it’s pretty hard to go wrong. I love the fold up sleeve on this pattern and always wondered how it all came together so there was a nice learning element there as well. It just adds a nice detail to an otherwise simple top.
The only negative that I can think of is that her patterns do not come with seam allowances. This is not my favorite, but I am getting used to it. That being said there are so few pattern pieces that it wasn’t a big deal. I want to make this again in a few basic colors like black and white for practical wear. It really is a great staple piece and an excellent make for the warmer weather coming.