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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

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