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.
  • 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!


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

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