April 3, 2014

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.

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  • Reply Anna April 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    really gorgeous kelli, Love the pics too.

  • Reply katherine h April 3, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    This is a really striking top. I have just been drooling over the Salme patterns, so it is lovely to see this one made up.

  • Reply Kristi April 3, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Very nice. I love the huge statement print, it works perfectly with the simple cut of the top.

  • Reply Madalynne April 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    This is the perfect everyday pattern. You can dress it up or down depending on the fabric you choose. Looking good,

  • Reply April 4, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    This is gorgeous – I love to wear the flowy top, skinny jeans combo too but I always have trouble layering up when it is cold. What would you wear over this?
    I think I have too many fitted cardis and perhaps need to get flowy jumpers too

  • Reply Christy April 4, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    So simple and stunning!

  • Reply ellebougies April 4, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    This is such a beautiful version of this top.

  • Reply Fooniks April 4, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    Gorgeous! I love the print on the silk. It looks so interesting 🙂

  • Reply mokosha April 4, 2014 at 4:26 AM

    that is such a fantastic top! and i really like the fabric you chose, it’s gorgeous!

  • Reply Cirque Du Bebe April 4, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    Gosh Kelli this is so beautiful. I’ve been wondering about the pattern for ever ever. Love your fabric choice, stylin as always.

  • Reply oona balloona April 4, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    gorgeous kelli!!! so the print makes the v neck, or the yellow/black is separate? genius use of print.

    sometimes i like a pattern without SA– like if i know i’m going to do it all on a serger i can just add 1/4-3/8 SA and eek something out of minimal fabric 🙂

  • Reply angela April 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Such a cute blouse! I love what you have done with the placement print. Makes me want to make a few up myself!

  • Reply Rachel April 4, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    So great! I agree – with this ambiguous weather I’ve been living in flowy tops and this pattern seems like a great one to add to the collection. The fabric is really incredible – I haven’t been to Paron’s in a while but I think this fabric has inspired a much needed trip!

  • Reply sallie oleta barbee April 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    You totally nailed this pattern + fabric combo!! And the print placement is phenomenal!! I love this style of top, so comfy & practical, but still put together and chic.

  • Reply gingermakes April 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Wow, this is so pretty! I love the way you used the print!

  • Reply Jennifer Wiese April 4, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Love this top!! It looks even better in person. 🙂

  • Reply Kelly D. April 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Beautiful! I just love simple patterns that really let fabric shine.

  • Reply anu*miki April 6, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    Beautiful top!

  • Reply Kelly April 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    I’ll add to everyone else’s comments: wow!

  • Reply House of Pinheiro April 10, 2014 at 5:30 AM

    stunning and really love the choice of fabric.. makes the whole outfit really understated chic

  • Reply pootleandmake April 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    At first glance I thought the top was made up of lots of panels because of the print. The fabric really goes well with this simple pattern.

  • Reply homemade by jill April 20, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    I’ve been eyeing this pattern for a long time, but this top pushed me over the edge to buy it! The fabric/pattern combo really is stunning.

  • Reply Inés September 14, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Hi, beautiful top! A comment you made caught my attention, I grew up following European patterns that didn’t have seam allowance so now I’m having the worst time ( I live in USA) because to me the seam allowance can be eyeballed any width is okay it won’t change the garment. On the other hand the sewing line needs to be exact because any small difference as you usually have four seams ends up being a big difference so I go nuts drawing the sewing line. How come you don’t have that problem? Without a line don’t you ever end up with a seam that is a bit wider or narrower than intended?

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