Totally late to the Maria Denmark party is still better than never, right? This is the Kirsten Kimono Tee, Maria Denmark’s first pattern and it’s a freebie to boot! Easy to make and easy to wear it makes a great wardrobe staple.
Sometimes being a lazy seamstress pays off. I had downloaded this pattern seemingly forever ago, printed & taped it together. But I never traced it. Fast forward to a version 7(!) being released that made me much happier. (Downloaded not as quite forever ago!) Now there are 8 sizes and they’re laid out with each size being a different color. Oh yeah, I printed it out on legal sized paper as I worried last time little bits were cut off when using letter sized. This time around I immediately traced and added seam allowances.
Now let’s talk fabric! I had originally ordered this to make my mom a nightgown for Christmas. Only it didn’t fit right so I debated adding side panels before realizing I had enough to recut. Which was great as I realized that it would drive me batty trying to match the stripes across the solid inset. Yeah, I think about those kinds of things. Good thing stripes don’t have a top or bottom as I was able to flip the old nightgown upside down and squeeze out this tee. So yea for not wasting fabric! To give it some interest I cut the neckband so the stripes went in the opposite direction.
Since it’s just two pieces and a neckband the construction goes super quick and was mostly done on my serger. I used clear elastic on the shoulder seams just in case and out of habit, although it isn’t mentioned in the directions. I did baste the side seams together using my walking foot to be extra sure all my stripes lined up. Then it was just a couple more trips through the serger and the double needle treatment and bam! I had a brand new shirt.
|I guess I really want you to check out my stripes|
This was actually a test version as I have some parrot burnout jersey this would be perfect in. A kimono top can be the ideal pattern for fabric with a design you don’t want to break up with things like extra seams. I’ve worn this tee several times since making it and really like the fit. Next time around I won’t change a thing. Although at some point I might attempt a long sleeved version. To sum things up, if you haven’t tried the goodness that is a Maria Denmark pattern, this is a great introduction. Now to try out the other patterns of hers I have waiting...