|Maria Denmark Free Kimono Tee|
I had been feeling yucky--sore throat, stuffy nose, headache. I had run to Joann's to get some serger thread on sale--4 cones for $5 plus 15% off!
Youngest Son's school was having a their Cafe day, and I had promised I would try to make it. However, I was feeling really bad and left Joann's in a cold sweat. I decided to pick up a sandwich for him at Subway and drop it off, since I told him I would bring him something special.
I had forgotten that this was also the day that they were giving speeches. I arrived toward the end of their scheduled time, so they had him do his speech since I was there. His speech was a persuasive argument to have more
Skate Nights. I'm not sure if I want this guy learning to be more persuasive, but it is probably better than the temper tantrum with he doesn't get his way.
Once he was dismissed for lunch and I gave him his sandwich and a hug and kiss (yes, I gave him a hug and kiss in front of his friends and everyone in the lunch room!), I went home.
I decided to go ahead and print the Maria Denmark Fee Kimono Tee that has been sitting in my computer waiting to be printed and sewn. I'll be honest, I have not sewn anything from her before, but I really liked the look of the kimono tee.
The pattern and instructions are all in one 20 page pdf file. The pattern itself is 12 of those 20 pages. I printed it up, making sure not let my printer adjust the size, and taped it together. I was so happy to have a two piece pattern!
I scanned the directions and saw that it does not include seam allowances. I wrote that on the pattern. I had planned to add them before cutting, but I was on a roll. Luckily, I remembered before cutting the fabric.
I had a couple different fabrics in my stash that I was considering or this tee. I finallly decided to use this lime/neon green with sparkly sequin looking things that I bought at the Joann's Red Tag section during a half off sale, plus a 25% coupon. I had a couple yards, but it is too much to make a dress. I think this ended up being about $2 a yard.
However, while getting that, I started looking at some of my other knits and wadders with enough to salvage. I couldn't find the other possible wadder that I wanted to salvage/refashion, so I grabbed by sparkly neon green.
I used an older rotary cutter blade because I was a little anxious about how the sparkly neon spots might react to being cut. It worked pretty well, but I cut the missed sections with my paper scissors to be safe. I added a pinky width to the neck and side seams and two fingers to the sleeve and bottom hems.
|A little snug.|
Once everything was pinned about an inch in from the seam lines, I set up my serger with brand new thread and serged away. The stitches went together perfectly. There were no problems with the sparkly sequin things. I then decided I wanted to be really lazy and adjusted my serger to do a narrow rolled hem. I left the extra length and set the differential so that I would have a little waviness and went to town.
An hour after I had come home from Youngest Son's school, I had a new Maria Denmark Kimono Tee!
Now for some reviewing. This tee is made with negative ease. I used a knit with very little stretch. I don't think there was any lycra. Why did I buy a knit without lycra?!?!? So the fit is a little snug. I also didn't really hem the sleeves or the bottom. According to Middle Son, I need to hem the neck. He says it looks funny.
I'll give it a few wearings to decide.
All in all, this pattern is a winner. I will definitely make more of these, but with lycra. I might even hem them.