Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Floral "Kimono Dress" Top - Simplicity8091

It's looking like my Summer wardrobe is shaping up into fun and cute pieces that I can make easily and wear effortlessly. And that's just fine by me! This Floral "Kimono dress" top is one I'm happy to add to my wardrobe. I used Simplicity pattern 8091 and was torn between making view A which is called a Kimono dress or View B which a kimono and an opened and shorter version of the dress. I chose view A, the Kimono dress. Well this is hardly a dress for me. Maybe it's because I'm tall but it definitely wasn't a stand alone dress. Like the pattern envelope model I paired it with pants, specifically a pair of dark denim leggings I made a few years back. I'd been eye-balling this pattern for a little while. But I knew I'd need to pair the perfect fabric with it. I can't remember where I picked up this floral poly-blend but I'm sure happy I did. It was just the right light weight for this design and moved so beautifully. As we all know the wrong fabric can completely kill a great pattern. Going back to the pattern---I forgot to mention that it's only 3 pieces and it literally sews together in less than 2 hours. It's SUPER fast to put together and I feel the style can work with a variety of body types. Normally I don't wear alot of loose tops but I'm enjoying experimenting with some loose styles that can amp up my wardrobe. I definitely plan to make at least one more of these! Ok, without further ado, here are the pics......

(I didn't go crazy with my styling. I wore the Kimono dress/top with dark blue jeggings, black suede wedges with ankle strap and silver large tear drop shaped earrings. The silver earrings were a little more antique color instead of bright. I'd love to get some chunky bracelets in that color to pair with this outfit the next time! I pulled my hair back with a side part and wore lip-gloss along with liner and mascara)

 (Full Span)

(Better View of Fabric Up close)

So here's the Recap:
1. This top is SUPER easy to sew---only has 3 pieces and a handful of steps. Goes together fast!
2. Looks great on most body types. Wonderful for those day we all try to disguise a little tummy bloat! LOL
3. Pick a flowy fabric, anything too heavy will make this top look bulky!

If you decide to sew this one up I wish you much success and fun doing so!!!! Happy Sewing!!!


  1. Pretty top and looks oh so comfy cool.

  2. Cute top, looks like you would keep cool.

  3. You look beautiful! I love the top - it looks really comfortable.

  4. Love your pairing with the jeggings. The fabric type is a great one for this. It looks fabulous.

  5. Simple & jazzy, comfy & cool. Love it !!!

  6. Simple & jazzy, comfy & cool. Love it !!!

  7. Very cute! As soon as I saw your latest YouTube video I wanted to make this top. It could definitely be a dress for my 5'3" body. I love the way your version.

  8. This top is absolutely beatiful on you! I love the colors in the fabric! (Blue is one of my favorite colors too!). I want to make a caftan (tunic) with some fabric I have in my stash, hopefully I'll get to it before summer's end and will be as successful as your tunic here! (At least I hope so!)


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