Free sewing pattern: quick boxy top

This simple kimono top was one of our most popular patterns when we featured it in the magazine back in issue 3. It’s made using just two pattern pieces so you can sew it up in an afternoon.

Here’s how to make this versatile top (including the free pattern download). Its on-trend cropped shape means it’ll look stylish with high-waisted jeans and skirts, but it can be easily lengthened if cropped styles aren’t your thing.

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Sewing toolsYou will need

  • Pattern sheets from Simply Sewing issue 3
  • Fabric, 1 metre (based on fabric 150cm (60in) wide, for sizes UK 8-10)
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing kit


  • Use a 1.5cm (5/8in) seam allowance throughout unless otherwise stated.
  • The pattern is for UK sizes 8-10, but can be easily altered to fit other dress sizes. Add extra width at the dashed line on the pattern piece, approx 5-10cm per sizing bracket. Check the size of the new pattern against your body measurements to ensure it will fit comfortably.

Step one Download, print out and stick together pages 17-20 and 22-25 only of pattern sheets Part 1 and Part 2. Trace the top pattern piece twice to create two pattern pieces: the top front and top back.
Step two Fold your fabric in half right sides (RS) together. Place both pattern pieces on the fold, pin in place and cut out.  /m/loader/final_group_loader/SSM_003_p34-37_ProjTop_for_loading/SSM_003_p34-37_ProjTop/Step three Place the top front and back RS together. Pin then stitch together along the shoulder seams from the neckline to the sleeve hem, and along the side seams from the sleeve hem to the hemline. Press the seams open and finish with a machine zigzag stitch or overlocker. /m/loader/final_group_loader/SSM_003_p34-37_ProjTop_for_loading/SSM_003_p34-37_ProjTop/Step four To create the turn-up sleeve, first turn under the raw edge of the cuff by 1cm (3/8in) to the wrong side (WS), then again by 4cm (1.5in). Press, pin and then sew in place, keeping as close to the fold as possible.
Step five Fold the turn-up to the RS of the top and stitch in place at the side seams by hand using invisible stitches to hold the turn-up in place.Sewing a hemStep six Turn raw edge of the hem under to the WS by 1cm (3/8in), then turn under by 1cm (3/8in) again. Pin then sew into place to hem the top. Press. Clipping neckline curvesStep seven Carefully clip the neckline curve, cutting approx 1cm in each time. This will reduce bulk and help the neckline to lay flat. Finishing a necklineStep eight Turn the raw edge of the neckline to the WS by 1cm (3/8in), then turn under by 1cm (3/8in) again. Press and pin in place. Stitch around the neckline neatly using matching thread. Alternatively, use bias binding as a facing to finish the neckline.

Your top is now ready to wear! Free kimono top pattern