If you read my “what’s on my sewing table” post you know I accepted a #sewingdare from Crafting a Rainbow to make a loose-fitting tee or tunic!(*unstructured). My sewing style has an obsession with darts. I love shaped clothes but don’t dare me to avoid darts.
Pattern: Free KIMONO T-SHIRT PATTERN from MariaDenmark . If you are fast, until January 11 CET you can get 20% off of Maria’s patterns with code TWEET here
Fabric: Soft stretch rayon jersey knit I found on a remands bin Goldhawk Rd. I love the colour combo, remind me of 70’s furniture. It moves with my body so its delicious to wear,not so much to photograph.
Size and alterations: M/L Altered the pattern to create a gathering on the neckline by moving the pattern away from the fold at an angle as show below by 10 cm (4in). I did FBA as recommended by Maria. The kimono sleeves were slashed so I could use the print placement to create a fabric design feature, and extended by 1,5 cm (5/8). I must admit that the urge to sew a dart was enormous! I didn’t hem, neither the bodice or sleeves. I use my rotary cutter to get a very nice sharp laser-cut style. I should have made the pattern longer by 1,5cm. Length was a very important part to consider as loose fitting style if too long would have unbalanced body shape= frumpy.
Needle: Stretch needle size 11/75
Stitch selection and size: Stretch stitch W:1.5/H:2.5 and overcast with 3 point zip zag stitch.
Level: Delightfully Easy.
Pattern skill: Perfect for a beginner in search of the 1st pattern. Very few seams.
Details and Notions: Redrafted the facing making it larger (8 cm)
Time to complete: 1hour of construction the pattern (PDF/Alterations)and 30 minutes sewing.
Will you make it again? Yes, It’s such a cute pattern! If I had made this while was studying I would have used it everyday as is so comfortable. Change would be reduce 3 cm on the back length.
What did you particularly like or dislike about this pattern: It’s has very clear instructions with photos. Not trying to guess what the pattern means you can see. Don’t you find easier when someone else shows you something instead of reading? I do.
Conclusion:With such a simple pattern, fabric placement was where I wanted to concentrated as the main design feature. I finish a PDF pattern which is a major step forward for me. It’s was super fun to take part. Join us!
Sewing Tip: I always re-draw the grain line when making modifications like that
Photo shoot camera: Olympus D 475+ Gorilla tripod.
♫: Adele 21
*Updated: Not Loose? LOL I guess that’s the loosest it will get for me.