Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sequin Kimono Tee

Maria Denmark Free Kimono Tee
Friday, I needed some instant gratification. After not touching my machines for a week, I needed to sew something--anything. I wanted to go shopping and buy some new shirts, but this ready to wear fast won't let me.

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.






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14 comments:

  1. I have this file too! You are giving me the motivation to sew it up. Lovely color.

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    1. Thanks, Annie. I definitely recommend making sure you have lycra in your fabric. There isn't much stretch and I realized after wearing it that I was feeling self conscience. The family has also determined that I should "finish" the top. They don't like the rolled hem.

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  2. So cute. I love that tee. It's my go to when I have 1 yard of knit!

    Hope you're feeling better soon!

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    1. Thanks, Nakisha. I have a bunch of 1 yard or less remnants. I need to be monitored like a child in the candy aisle when I walk by the remnants!

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  3. It looks really pretty. I hope you feel better soon.

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  4. I too like the top! It is nice and casual with a bit of sparkle, and it didn't take you long at all to finish it : )

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa. This is definitely a quick sew. Even faster now that the pattern is printed, assembled and cut.

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  5. I just love quick and easy projects, especially with green and sequins!

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    1. Green is so hard to photograph. This looks like a shamrock shake here, but not so much in person. I think this is my first ever sequinny item ever!

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  6. Lovely! Instant gratification projects are my favorite. :) I like to have an ton of them them ready to go. Will be adding this pattern to the stash! In the pictures, the wavy neckline look cute!!!

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    1. Thanks, Vicki. I like some of the TNT to be on thicker paper or tag board and hang them on wire hangers. This makes them easy to grab and easy to put away.

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  7. It's actually a lovely little top - and with a little cardigan over no-one will notice it is a little snug around the back. It looks lovely from the front. Thanks for adding me to your google circles - that is how I found your blog to follow. Nice to meet you :)

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    1. Thanks, Sarah Liz!! Congratulations again on your 2nd Liebster! I just bought fabric on Etsy for a cardigan. I've been wearing it with my favorite denim jacket that is getting too warm. Great minds think alike. I've been following you on Bloglovin" for quite a while, but sometimes miss you. I decided to add you to my Google Circles to make sure I don't miss your posts.

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