Harley helps.

Harley helps.
Harley, my hard-working sewing assistant.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

put on a bird on it, v2: Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono tee

In my never-ending quest for the perfect t-shirt, I decided to give the Kirsten Kimono a shot. It gets a lot of love on PR -- and it's free!

(Just realized the pattern's been updated since I first printed it years ago. Whoops.)

I made a size medium using the bird-print fabric purchased from Julija's in Antwerp.



Here it is on me:


"Stand like an 18th-century fencer!" says my husband every time he takes these photos.
"They always stood that way at parties!"

Harley helped.

Thanks, buddy.

So, pros:

  • I really like the nice loose fit. It's really comfortable.
  • It's simple, just two pieces, ideal for stripes and patterns you don't want to break up.
  • Love the higher neckline.
Cons:
  • The sleeves felt too short to me, so I lengthened mine by about 3 inches. I also lengthened the hem by about 4 inches, knowing that it would take me a few tries to get the hem even.
  • I didn't get the neckband instructions -- they say to measure the neckline, subtract 15%, then add the seam allowance to get the right length. I tried that out a couple of times (including on my muslin) and it was always too short. I wound up fudging it a bit, adding an inch or so on afterward, and then pressing the crap out of it. That seemed to work.
  • So much hemming. This is where the Renfrew has an advantage, I guess.
The neckline up close:

I really need a serger one of these days. Hate those exposed edges!

Here's the unfinished muslin on me -- this is where the sleeves and hem normally hit before hemming:



A comparison, muslin to final:


I think that's it. Would make again for sure. I've actually already made a muslin for my friend C., and I'm going to start on her "real" version soon, and then one made out of a tie-dyed knit for me.

In conclusion, Harley thinks we should take these things very, very seriously.

Thanks, buddy.

That's all!

2 comments:

  1. This has been on my "to sew" list forever! Thanks for the review. Definitely need to move it up the queue.

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    1. Thank you! I actually really like it - it's a super-quick make, too.

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