Oh you Quiet & Small Adventures, you are such a temptation. When I saw your version of the Kirsten Kimono Tee at MariaDenmark, I knew it was just the job for filling a couple of hours – yes, you heard right, a couple of hours from cutting to wearing. This was such a perfect deep breath of a make, a really satisfying inner peace restorer. It was my first make after all my lovely visitors left me.
I’d been imagining the simplicity of a kimono sleeve tee shirt, having seen a few pop up in blogland. I wore it, like this today working from home with the ubiquitous red cigarette pants ….
I made it out of some lacy jersey bought at Birmingham, more like net curtains than lace, but that’s as far as I am knocking it because this fabric is sublime.
It’s a wonderful fabric to wear & sew – drapes beautifully. Tell you what, it was exceedingly good value too ….& the good news is that I’ve got loads left so am already thinking a longer sleeved, maybe button front top out of this. (Yikes, button bands & jersey? I don’t see much of this in blogland, is it tough?)
The top - it is available as a free download which is a wonderfully big hearted thing to do. Aren’t you clever drafters just so generous, it must take such a lot of effort to get everything together to do something like this. A big thank you Maria Denmark & to everybody else who takes their time to offer us less talented people the fruits of your hard work. I know I shall make more versions of this pattern, it really is a delight. There are instructions to make it with FOE round the neck, or as I have, a self fabric strip much like the Renfrew. I overlocked most of it, naturally! Out came the twin needle for the hems & to stitch around the neckband securing the seam allowance. I officially love my twin needle as a hem finisher for knits. I am already on my second one having easily over-worn number 1. To think I originally bought it for pintucking! I’d recommend it for hemming knits – due to the triple thread action (2 on top, one in the shuttle) the top looks neat & as you’d expect – two rows of straight stitch, whilst underneath the bobbin thread runs like a kind of zig zag providing oodles of stretch, even enough for a neck opening.
By the way, do you like my necklace?
I made it ages ago using this book (my most favorite jewellery book ever) as inspiration.
French Inspired Jewellery by Kaari Meng. If you like vintage jewellery this is THE book. I’ve a thing for floral/ in-the-garden jewellery & this has so much inspiration – & many themes. I don’t think I’ve made many, but I could sit & pore through it, earmarking future projects endlessly. In fact I *should* try hard to make something new from it this summer. I’ll keep you posted !