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The tutorials have been moved and reorganized into their respective pages (see the tabs on the upper right hand corner). I’ve left this page for the useful comments and questions below.

Please email me if you would like one of the tutorials.

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  1. May 30, 2008 10:56 am

    Is it true you have a tutorial for the Kimono top? If so, where do I locate it. P.S. love you blog, and I love your creations!

  2. habitual permalink*
    June 1, 2008 2:12 pm

    Thanks!

    Yes, I had one and then I took it down for refinement. It’s out for beta testing at the moment, but I think it is ready to go. I can’t really guarantee the sizing (I don’t have kids) for anything other than the 0-6 months. So, if you have children, you will be better equipped to judge the sizing! I will have the refined pattern up for download within the week!

  3. kate permalink
    July 5, 2008 12:23 pm

    I made the kimono pattern last night and it turned out great! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve been searching for just the right kimono shirt pattern for months after being frustrated by the really convoluted pattern instructions on the Martha Stewart website. I also tried a version by Simplicity, but it was too much of a jacket.

    Your pattern turned out just right — thanks again!

  4. habitual permalink*
    July 5, 2008 8:32 pm

    Your welcome, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. They are a lot of fun to make. :)

  5. July 8, 2008 3:04 pm

    Hi! I am a novice sewer and am confused about the pattern. Do I need three pieces of binding or just two? Also, it looks like the tie is coming down from the front of the jacket to tie with the one coming out of the side, but following the pattern I have a tie on the inside, too. Thanks for any help!

  6. July 11, 2008 8:17 am

    OK, I am way beyond novice! It took me awhile to figure this out but I did. Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. habitual permalink*
    July 11, 2008 12:25 pm

    ;)

    I’m updating the pattern with more info on the binding!

  8. July 16, 2008 5:18 am

    Hi, am trying my hand at sewing for the first time, could you please explain what is 2T, 3T, and Cut 2:1 Rs, 1 WS in the measurements? Thanks.

  9. habitual permalink*
    July 16, 2008 9:56 am

    2T = Size 2 (US), toddler (2 years old)
    3T = Size 3 (US), toddler (3 years old)

    Cut2: 1RS, 1 WS = Cut two, one on the right side of the fabric and one on the wrong side of the fabric (so that they are mirror images).

    Hope that helps!

  10. Nancy permalink
    July 16, 2008 7:53 pm

    Hmmm, I’m on a mac and while the pdf kimono file appears to download, nothing is downloaded and I am left with a black screen. Is it just me? I would like very much to make this wonderful kimono for my 3 month old grandchild. I’m a quilter but not a “sewer” and this would be a very nice beginning, I think. Can you help? I’d appreciate it. Thank you! Nancy

  11. Iona permalink
    July 16, 2008 8:28 pm

    How very gorgeous! A friend has just had a baby and this will make the sweetest gift. Thanks for the pattern and tutorial.

  12. Nancy permalink
    July 16, 2008 8:52 pm

    My daughter was able to download the pattern and tutorial and has sent it to me, so I’m all set!

  13. July 16, 2008 10:14 pm

    simple tailored bed skirt sounds amazing too! I’d love to check it out!

  14. July 16, 2008 10:51 pm

    Thank you for writing up the kimono tutorial. Just in time for back to school.

  15. July 17, 2008 6:07 am

    I was waiting for these update to make a kimono for my niece. Thanks!

  16. July 18, 2008 7:47 am

    Great tutorial.. I just started sewing but I am sure I’ll manage in a while :-)

  17. July 18, 2008 10:02 am

    thanks for the great tutorial! can’t wait to make one for my daughter!

  18. Cindy permalink
    July 18, 2008 12:38 pm

    WOW – what GREAT close up pics!! Nice & clear. Great color combos & wonderful inspiration. Looks so quick & easy to stitch up. THANK you!!

  19. habitual permalink*
    July 18, 2008 4:50 pm

    You are all welcome! That you for stopping by! ;)

  20. July 19, 2008 8:24 am

    Hello! I can’t wait to try this little kimono top. Lots of kids having babies right now! :) But I was curious… do you have a link for the Custom Ikea Pello Covers? My mom has two of those and desperately needs new covers! Thanks! whitney

  21. July 19, 2008 9:05 am

    This pattern is great . Thank you for putting the time into it=)

  22. July 21, 2008 9:07 am

    Very nice project- and so well presented. Thanks for sharing this!

  23. July 21, 2008 2:21 pm

    very inspiring, thank you!!!

  24. habitual permalink*
    July 21, 2008 4:54 pm

    I haven’t done the tutorial for the Pello chairs. I made them very quickly one weekend for a friend in Austin and then thought I could just go back and “whip up” the tutorial……not so much. I barely remember what I did! I guess I need to buy a Pello chair myself and then then write it out. :)

  25. Helly permalink
    July 22, 2008 6:59 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! it gives me a nice warm feeling on the inside when people are willing to share their creative ideas. I’m having my first baby soon so I’d better get cracking and make a few in different sizes!!!

  26. habitual permalink*
    July 22, 2008 8:37 pm

    Good luck Helly, hurry and make them now! ;)

  27. laura S permalink
    July 23, 2008 7:23 pm

    Where is the bedskirt tutorial?? I’d love to try it!

  28. habitual permalink*
    July 24, 2008 3:43 pm

    Hi Laura, the bedskirt tutorial has not come to fruition. I was going to make new bedskirts for my sister in Chicago, it just hasn’t happened yet.

  29. Jessie permalink
    July 25, 2008 5:49 am

    Thankyou so much for the beautiful kimono tutorial. I think I will have some very lucky nephews and nieces soon!

  30. diannaleigh permalink
    July 31, 2008 9:00 am

    Thank you for the tutorial! I was wandering around blogland for ideas on what to make a baby niece. This is great! Thanks!

  31. August 1, 2008 12:08 pm

    Hi.. I hope you get this comment. I love your harness for your little doodle… I have three little doodles myself and would love to make them all harnesses… do you have a pattern? I would be more than glad to purchase it if its available. Thanks!

  32. habitual permalink*
    August 1, 2008 12:47 pm

    Sorry Leslie, I don’t have a pattern. I ‘made it up’ as I went along based on a jacket Lottie has by UrbanHund. I just laid it out on the fabric, left some room for seam allowance, and went with it. :)

  33. August 6, 2008 2:18 pm

    I’d love to see a tutorial for the ikea chair. I have that chair and my son has stained it so much. Are you planning on posting it somewhere?

  34. August 7, 2008 12:45 am

    Hi again! Finally got around to making one of these little sweeties – now I have sooooo many plans to make more! I put a pic up at my blog, if you’d like to see. Don’t have a Flickr account or anything fancy like that. Thanks again! So much appreciated! Cheers, Helly

  35. Samantha permalink
    August 7, 2008 1:27 am

    I went to the Japanese Obon festival in San Jose, CA and I saw all these cute little kids wearing these Japanese style pajamas just like this and wanted to make some for my little 18 month old, since they are so expensive to purchase. Did you read my mind?! I’m so excited!

  36. August 8, 2008 11:03 am

    I’d love to have a go at making one of these. But I can’t ssem to locate the tutorial, scratches head. Can you tell me where it is please?

  37. habitual permalink*
    August 8, 2008 12:56 pm

    Ickle Pickle- The Kimono Tutorial is right where it says “Simple Kimono Wrap (version2)”…click on that link and it will automatically download the PDF. It’s a large file, and may take a while to download…so give it a minute! :)

    Let me know if you have any troubles!

  38. Jen permalink
    August 20, 2008 12:05 am

    thanks so much for your kimono tutorial. it’s way better than the kimono tutorial/pattern from martha stewart.

  39. habitual permalink*
    August 20, 2008 9:47 pm

    You are welcome Jen! Where is the MS pattern, what issue? I’d love to see it. I also have seen that Amy Butler has a new children’s book with a kimono pattern…..I’m curious! ;)

  40. August 22, 2008 9:16 pm

    the perfect afternoon project! will make it again and again. thanks for sharing the love!

  41. Thuy permalink
    August 28, 2008 11:21 pm

    Thank you very much for the pattern. But I cannot download the sundress pattern as the file is the same with the kimono wrap.

  42. habitual permalink*
    August 29, 2008 8:11 am

    Hi Thuy- I fixed the link, not sure what happend. Thanks you for letting me know. ;)

  43. August 30, 2008 8:07 pm

    I loved your kimono tutorial! Thanks so much for posting! I made a cute apple print one for a friend’s new baby:

    http://javajem.blogspot.com/2008/08/i-made-clothes.html

    Thanks again!

  44. September 8, 2008 6:16 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful idea. Made one for my daughter with some leftover fabric. Very fun……

  45. September 10, 2008 4:35 am

    Hi Amy – I have been wanting to make this for a while, and now I just got out my fabric. I just have one question, though – do you know how much fabric I would need for a size 4T? Is one yard enough? Plus the fabric for the binding of course… :)

  46. habitual permalink*
    September 10, 2008 6:53 am

    For the kimono, you’d need about a yard (maybe a little more to be safe). If you have a pattern you are matching / aligning, I would allow more.

  47. Laura permalink
    September 10, 2008 3:44 pm

    I’m working on the adobrable sundress, but I’m stuck because i have 2 separate neck casings (one in front and one in back) for the neckband. Did I miss something, or is there a step where they’re joined together? I dont’ see anything in the tutorial. FYI-I’m a beginner sewer.

  48. September 14, 2008 5:11 am

    Thanks for taking the time to produce this great tutorial – I’ve just made one for a friends’ baby girl – rather addictive me thinks!

  49. Margaret permalink
    September 25, 2008 10:06 am

    I wanted to thank you for the great tute and free pattern. I downloaded it with the intention of making a dress for my 2YO daughter. I like your instructions on using the bias tape makers. You made it look so easy!

  50. habitual permalink*
    September 25, 2008 4:39 pm

    You are very welcome! :)

  51. October 1, 2008 7:37 am

    Finally got around to making one (well two actually). I have always loved this dress and now that I have made one I love it even more.

    Simply Stunning.

    p.s have blogged it on hangers and hopefully will dress the girls tomorrow and add to my blog.

    Thank you thank you thank you

  52. October 1, 2008 4:34 pm

    Absolutely in love with this dress, thanks for the free pattern!! My daughter loves it, I made a kimono dress from your kimono pattern and she loves that one as well. Thanks again for the inspiration!!

  53. habitual permalink*
    October 1, 2008 6:44 pm

    You are all welcome!

    Autumn / Winter ideas coming soon!

  54. sena permalink
    October 3, 2008 3:50 am

    güzel olmuş gerçekten bende yapmaya çalışıyorum

  55. delores permalink
    October 9, 2008 12:51 am

    is it okay to use your pattern to make and market to the public?

  56. Carolina permalink
    October 9, 2008 1:20 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! Your stuff is very exquisite!
    I would like to know if you have a tutorial for your hobo bag, I’m currently making a similar one, but I’m stuck with the straps part.

  57. habitual permalink*
    October 9, 2008 1:33 pm

    Delores, the patterns are available here for free, for your personal use only. I request on the pattern that is not be used for commercial gain. This is because I plan on opening a shop of my own. Thank you for asking!

  58. December 29, 2008 5:30 am

    thank you for this tutorial

  59. February 12, 2009 2:43 pm

    Thanks for your tutorial. Your wraps are beautiful. I made a couple with long sleeves and put them on my blog.
    I bought a 1/2″ binding maker by mistake, so I used ribbon and premade tape for mine. I have more material and plan to make more. Pants to match, too.

    http://tamarathomas.blogspot.com/2009/02/update.html

  60. Madelyn permalink
    May 4, 2009 1:32 pm

    I made the kimono and it turned out great! I had a little trouble understanding your instructions on where to place the 10″ pieces of binding, but I figured it out. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern.

  61. Anna permalink
    May 20, 2009 10:38 am

    My message failed, I copy out it :

    First of all, thank you for your great tutorial of kimono!

    look here : http://tutoriels-loisirs-creatifs.over-blog.com/article-31359532.html and here : http://www.ptitesmimines.com/?p=474
    I think it’s a copy of your work

  62. habitual permalink*
    May 20, 2009 10:42 am

    Thank you so much Anna. It most definitely is a copy. I am looking into it.

  63. Heather permalink
    August 3, 2009 10:18 am

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I love how it’s just measurements and shape so I can draw up my own to baby’s specific measurements. I have a quick and easy pattern drafting tip for you…draw out the patterns on freezer paper and then you just iron the pattern pieces to the fabric and cut out, peel off the paper and you have a reusable pattern!

    I’ve been searching for a way to easily make a little baby Jedi pattern and this fit the bill perfectly. a little sash and a light saber and baby will look just like a Jedi! Thanks so much. Its a great, simple versatile pattern.

    • habitual permalink*
      August 3, 2009 12:49 pm

      That’s a hilarious idea Heather- baby jedi! Do post pictures! ;)

      • Darren permalink
        August 7, 2009 9:48 am

        I just searched for “baby jedi pattern” and found this…here’s hoping I can pull it off (as I have pretty much zero experience with this sorta thing, but I totally want my son (9 months old last week) to be a Jedi for Halloween)…thanks for the pattern!

  64. karine permalink
    September 23, 2009 2:20 am

    bonjour ,
    je suis enchantée d’avoir decouvert votre blog , il est plein de belles images !
    j’habite en France sur la cote atlantique et en vous visitant , je voyage un peu …
    et je voulait vous remercier d’avoir mis en ligne le tutoriel du kimono , je m’en suis servie pour mes 3 enfants de 3 ,4 ,7 ans .
    merci !

  65. Iris Taylor permalink
    December 1, 2009 11:10 am

    Where did you buy the fabric for the sundresses?

  66. thelmaorm permalink
    December 15, 2009 5:00 pm

    Hello,
    The Kimono is really great but I can’t download the pattern as every time I try it says that the file is damaged. I would like to make it for my neice who is 1 and a half. could you let me know the rough measurements? Thaks for all the time and effort you put into sharing your ideas. Its much appreciated,

    Thelma

  67. Frances permalink
    January 5, 2010 10:52 pm

    I just started sewing (2 days ago) and i came across this pattern yesterday. its so stinking adorable. I’ve made 5 already. I have a potty training toddler so this shirt is perfect for running around the house in bear bottomed! I also made the sundress today for my 8 yr old. i shortened the top half by about 2″ so that it didn’t hang down so low and i made it shorter s0 that it’s a shirt. I just love your patterns! i hope you have more coming. if you were to sell your patterns i would definitely be interested in buying! thank you so much for helping me learn to sew!

  68. cathy68 permalink
    May 23, 2010 3:15 pm

    pourriez vous me faire parvenir le tuto de la robe tunique et du kimono merci beaucoup par avance cathy

  69. vanessa permalink
    June 1, 2010 3:58 am

    hello (i’m french, so my english is not very good…)
    I’ve seen your photos of the little kimono, you make tutorials but I don’t understand how we can download it. Please answer me. Thanx.

    • habitual permalink*
      June 1, 2010 12:15 pm

      Hi Vanessa, you can email me at afinlarc @ yahoo dot com for the pattern. Thanks!

  70. Susan permalink
    November 23, 2010 6:48 am

    Hi…Can you please tell me if you have any tutorials (with pictures) on sewing a harness dress? I know how to make the harness, I’m just not sure how to sew on the skirt part with a clean finish. Please show me how if you have a tutorial.

    Hope to hear back soon! Thanks!

    • habitual permalink*
      November 24, 2010 1:59 pm

      Hi Susan, I’m not familiar with the term “harness dress”….. and I’m afraid I don’t have a tutorial for it. Sorry!

  71. Susan permalink
    November 25, 2010 12:03 am

    Hi Habitual,

    Thank you for getting back to me.

    I might have named it incorrectly. I am interested in learning how to sew a dog harness with a shirt attached. Does that make sense?

    ~Susan

    • habitual permalink*
      November 27, 2010 8:12 pm

      Oh, I see. I don’t have a pattern for a dog harness….. I made one for Lottie, but I just made it up without a pattern. Sorry!

      • Susan permalink
        November 28, 2010 11:51 pm

        Oh, I see. Well thanks for getting back to me.

  72. sue permalink
    August 20, 2011 8:31 pm

    I LOVE this pattern. I’ve made some girl kimonos with a seersucker like fabric. looking for some fabric now for a little boy. have you ever made one with a knit. I want the recipient not to have to iron it.

  73. Erin Smith permalink
    October 3, 2011 9:13 pm

    Thank you so much for this pattern! My 3 month old nephew recently had surgery and needs shirts that do not have to pull over his head! This is a super easy pattern to cut out and stitch together! I am so excited to give him the ones I have made this weekend! :) Thank you!

  74. Alice permalink
    September 8, 2012 1:53 pm

    I’ve just discover your tutoriel and I love them:-))
    We are expecting a baby for the end of march and as I always do I start sewing. Could you send me your kimono ‘s pattern? thank you so much
    Alice

  75. March 2, 2014 5:01 pm

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    I mean, what you say is important and everything. However imagine if you added some great pictures or
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  76. Audrey permalink
    April 26, 2014 2:07 pm

    Hello.
    I like very much the kimono!!
    I’m french and I want to do a kimono for my little girl. She’s 2,5 years.
    If you could send me a pattern.

    Thank you!!
    Audrey

  77. Dunia Villeda permalink
    May 6, 2014 6:26 pm

    I saw the Kimono idea and I love it and will really appreciate if you can email me the pattern.
    Thank you so much.
    Blessings!

  78. pascale permalink
    May 12, 2014 11:47 pm

    hello! I would like to have your kimono pattern. Can you send it to me? Thank you!!! Pascale

  79. August 9, 2014 6:52 am

    Hi! I would like to have your sundress tutorial. Can you send it to me? Thank you!!! Lucia

  80. August 9, 2014 7:06 am

    Hi! Excuse me could you send me your sundress pattern? (I wrote tutorial in comments but I need pattern ;) thank you so much!

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