Kimono Sleeve Sweatshirt Top - McCall's M6566

I wanted to make a simple kimono sleeve top and McCall's M6566 view B fit the bill perfectly. See my guide to the elements of a kimono sleeve versus a dolman sleeve. The fabric is a gray sweatshirt fabric I had leftover from another project.

The bits I had remaining were enough to cut all the pieces yet one back pieces had to be cut from the wrong side. So, to make it look more intentional, I made the pocket with the wrong side showing and cuffed the sleeves to show the wrong side as well. The one other change I made was to slightly round the front hem up.

I cut size medium for this top but made the seam allowance a little smaller than 5/8 inch. I recommend the pattern just watch the sizing. It can get baggy quickly. But, it has a kind of fun Flashdance vibe to the cut.

The pocket is a little wonky. I could have stitched it better.

The top was very quick and easy to make. I used the walking foot from my machine to do the top stitching. The walking foot is so great for sewing knits. I wish I had gotten one sooner. The walking foot pulls the fabric through from the top and bottom so that it doesn't bunch up or stretch out.

The fabric makes this a very cozy casual top perfect for weekend, at-home wear and maybe a run to the  grocery store. The top was a great use for my leftover fabric. If I were to make this style again, I'd use a fabric that's dressier, better for everyday going-out wear.

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