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19 August 2014

It's done: A nerve-wracking Kirsten Kimono Tee by Maria Denmark

Hey everyone!
Once in a while in life we cross path with things our head tells us aren’t good for us but our heart can’t resist. They are are just so pretty that we just want, want, want them. I have no idea what you are thinking right now I am talking about, but since this is a sewing blog, it’s fabric of course.

When I spotted this fabric back in March (#summerstashbust14) at a fabric market I knew this flimsy jersey meant trouble. But I told myself over and over again that I could make it work. In the end I did, at least for now, a few more cycles in the washing will eventually tell the truth. But it took forever to make this Kirsten Kimono Tee by Maria Denmark.
Hello white glow again. I really need to tackle this.

Honestly, this really simple top to took forever to make but I love the result (it pairs well with my Rea skirt) and I’m happy that I endured the extra work. Usually this pattern is a quick and satisfying make in case you are planning to make one yourself. Keep in mind that there is no seam allowance included, I almost forgot.
It was nearly impossible to get the fabric on grain and crossgrain at the same time. I pulled and ironed and pulled again and succeeded almost. Any other tips on this than pulling? I have come across a few single jerseys without any stretch (even of higher quality) that are totally of (cross)grain, like this totally distorted piece. After this special treatment the fabric kept its diva attitude. The only chance to avoid skipped stitches was a layer of tissue paper underneath in combination with a microtex needle if I recall it correctly. Chances are high that there is still some paper in the serged seams. I’m still afraid that wholes will turn up after washing and mess with the great labor I had put into it in the process.
But the moment I saw this fabric I wanted it to turn into a Kimono Tee with cuffs at the sleeves. I love white red and blue together, I could live in a Tommy Hilfiger add.
I know it’s been a while since my last post and it will take some time till the next. Work life is crazy right now but there is a silver lining at the horizon called vacation!!!! My plan is to take as many me-made items as possible. My own personal Me-Made-Vacation if you will. There some un-blogged pieces I hope to take a picture of during that time as well as document it all. So be prepared for probably the last summer makes on this blog when I will be back in full force.
Thanks for stopping by,
Kat

04 August 2014

It's done: Flowery Tap Shorts by Katy&Laney

Hey everyone!
When I made my cropped Scout Tee I immediately decided that I needed some high waisted shorts to go with it. And so I did.
I went for the recently released Tap Shorts pattern by Katy&Laney and followed their sew-along. I chose to make a view A in combination with back 2 (welt pockets). And since I had to grade between two sizes and had never sewn anything with a welt (it’s the same as the German word for "world" I just realized after reading it quite a lot lately) I decided to make a muslin.
For the pictures I combined it with the white Scout Tee as intended, but the white has an almost radioactive glow in nearly all pictures. Have you any tips how to avoid this? Tell me, please!
I think calling these shorts a muslin is a crime. I looovvveee them! Totally out of my normal clothing range (both style and fabric) but I am glad I decided to make them properly with matching piping and eventually really nice single welt pockets, considering I made these for the first time.
The instructions during the sew-along where very precise and helpful and made this a totally doable operation. Another sewing skill to conquer ticked off my list! Bound buttonholes here I come!
I was a complete sewing rebel here and placed the zipper on the right, gasp, side. Since I am left-handed I like it better this way, so what. And speaking of zippers I had to shorten mine but left it long enough so that the end would be caught in the hem of the right leg.
No scratching of the unfinished end against my thigh. And these few stiches aren’t what are marking the end of the zipper’s way down, there is also a tiny drop of super glue helping them.
The fit was almost spot on on first try, I just had to take in the side seams like 5 millimeters on both sides and that’s it. I just love when the sizing is accurate! So much easier!
I rebelled a second time with this pattern and omitted the interfacing on the waistband. I was afraid since I usually don’t wear anything right at my waist it might get uncomfortable and too stiff. We will see how the fabric will hold up.
A few words about the fabric (stashbusting again!), these are cotton curtains from my boss' house. Is that weird? At work we have a swap table (at least that’s what I call it) where you can place stuff you don’t need anymore. Normally it is a lot of books and decoration knickknack but once in a while somebody will bring tablecloths or, like here, curtains. That‘s when I get excited. And I’m pretty sure that I saw my boss' wife bringing them. I guess I owe her a picture at least.
Since I luckily didn’t need to alter the fit much I will hopefully get around to make the intended denim version with the same fabric as my Rea skirt soon and maybe also a orangy red denim one (note to myself, buy a matching zipper) as well. That’s how much I love this pattern, which surprised me the most after all. Has this happened to you lately?
Thanks for stopping by,
Kat