Monday, May 13, 2013

Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono Tee

I finished the sewing on my pink corduroy jeans, but I'm waiting for some particularly fabulous rivets to arrive so that I can add the final touches. In the meantime, I decided to whip out a few quick knit projects, since the Stashbusting Challenge this month is to sew up some knits.
I started with this fabric that was left over from this dress. It was a small piece, maybe a yard in length, but weirdly shaped and most of the cool border print was gone. I needed a pattern that used a minimum of fabric, and had few pieces so I wouldn't have to chop up the print.
The Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono tee is perfect. And free, which possibly makes it even perfect-er.
I graded between sizes at the bust in front as a cheater FBA and cut a smaller size through the front shoulder. With a pattern this simple, alterations come down to how much space you have at the side seam, so grading between sizes is the way to go, and also really easy.
Since I only had a small piece of the floral border, the back is solid black. You can appreciate the fit a little better back here. It's pretty shapely for a garment with only three pieces.
One thing I really like about this pattern is the sleeve. It is a really nice length for me, and it doesn't gape at the lower armhole. So many of these cut on kimono style sleeves are cut wide enough to expose undergarments, which I dislike intensely. This one is perfectly snug, but still very comfortable.
I wore my new tee after church on Mother's Day. I had worn the "matching" dress to church that morning and my kids were so confused that I suddenly had my skirt on as a shirt! I paired it with my Vogue 1059 wide leg jeans. I was very pleased with the top all day long. It's very easy to wear.

25 comments:

  1. Such a cool use of the border print. I am loving these Maria Denmark tops. And did you say pink corduroy? And fabulous rivets? Oooh, can't wait.

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    1. Thanks! I'm on pins and needles 'til those rivets come. It's gonna be awesome!

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  2. Great use of leftover fabric. It looks really comfortable and stylish.

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    1. It is so comfy! Going to be wearing it constantly.

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  3. Oh, I love it! So stylish - especially with teh jeans - what a great look!

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    1. Thank you! It's a fabulous pattern. Thanks so much for putting it out there!

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  4. That is cute as can be and I love your wide-legged britches!

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    1. And I love the word britches!! Thank you!

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  5. Love, love it. Very stylish tee.

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  6. The shirt is so fun! I bet it was so confusing to the kids. lol

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    1. So funny! Myra kept telling me to go put my skirt on, then looking all confused. :)

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  7. Your new tee looks great. Perfect pattern for the fabric

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    1. Thank you! I was very pleased with the pairing.

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  8. I love your shirt, the print is great and I like the way you used black on the back. I want to sew myself some knit tops, I will have to try this pattern.

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    1. You definitely should! Quick, easy and cute!

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  9. That fabric is awesome. I do love giant abstract prints!

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    1. Isn't it fun! I'm so glad I found a good use for it.

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  10. I love that fabric as your dress, but somehow it is more amazing as a top. I think it's because it's a little less border-print - I love the asymmetrical graphic look of it.

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    1. I think so too. As a dress, it's kind of "Oh, yeah, border print dress", but I think the top is a little more unexpected.

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  11. Cute top! Nice use of stash knit!

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  12. Cute top; nice use of stash knit!

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