Upcycled Kimono Hippy top


This top started life as a large scarf and a denim skirt. The buttons are a also upcycled and are a mixture of steel and plastic self cover buttons of various sizes.

I had a vintage out of print simplicity (circa 1960’s) pattern…… which I modified [View 2]into a wrap style Kimono top.

(Click on the pattern image to be redirected to Vintage patterns on Wiki. )


I was surprised how easy  and quick it was to sew using this pattern. It is an excellent pattern for those who want something a little different and have a few hours to spare.

As I mentioned before regarding the materials…… I used the denim skirt in the shoulder yoke, collar and the facings. Purely because I ran out of scarf (I had very very little left overs and had to place my patterns pieces wisely), and I wanted to break up the pattern a little bit rather than be swimming in a sea of turquoise. The Denim is a mix of colours (mainly blue and brown) that compliment the turquoise and rum brown design.


I chose to make this top not because i loved the pattern or the material…….. I loved the belt and it’s ridiculous length and I wanted an excuse to wear it more. Now I don’t know if this is the solution but it will work for now.


If I was to pass on any tips with this project it would have to be. Take a chance with using different textiles – I thought I was in for some trouble in feeding this sheer fabric through the machine but it sewed like a dream with no hiccups or snags and I will now be on the look out for more scarves like it. I have already picked up a few so watch this space!

Next time I use this pattern I will definitely look into lengthening the bodice into a tunic length maybe even with a men’s shirt style hemline – this top sits on the waistline and with the cross over it tends to ride up a little.

Not much else to say on this one other than I now need a skirt to go with it…….. bummer that the skirt I used in the yoke/collar/facings would have been ideal right colour, right look. Oh well back to the drafting board, I will come up with something better..



9 thoughts on “Upcycled Kimono Hippy top

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    • Really? thanks that’s great to know. I just follow my own path I have no real idea what is hot right now I just make what I like. So it’s good to know that other people are into the same things at the same time I am. 🙂


    • Well, I still wouldn’t think I am ready to open a clothing line or anything – That’s how ‘good’ I want to be eventually. It didn’t take me long to get where I am though, I started early last year not knowing how to thread a machine or even a bobbin to understanding a pattern and I am now comfortable with everything except zips. I am still a little afraid of the zip.

      Best thing I can tell you is give it a go, and don’t be scared to take on the more complicated things – practice makes perfect!!

      Good luck.


    • Thanks for the feedback and I will look into alternative display photos (I have been thinking the same thing about the dummy), I have a tripod that I need to work out how it fits together etc watch this space. 🙂


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