Kristen Kimono Tee in Retro Print (Muslin)

Love the pattern, hate the fabric. Good thing this is just a wearable muslin.

Ok, I don’t really *hate* the fabric -- it's comfortable and easy to sew. I’m just over the print. I bought this back in 2008 when I was starting out with sewing, thinking I could whip up a maxi dress on my crappy Singer sewing machine. I used it to make a wearable muslin of the Selfish Seamstress' Minimalist Cowl pattern. As hideous as this fabric is to me, I receive compliments when I wear that muslin, but I get nothing when I wear the non-muslin version.

But I digress.

When I discovered the awesome Scruffy Badger Time blog and saw her Kimono Tees, I knew this project would zip right up to the number one spot in my “to make” list. It looked great on her and l thought it would be a quick one to whip up. Even for me. To top it all off, it's a free pattern from Maria Denmark!

While it took me forever trying to true up this fabric and I don’t think I was successful at it, it was really quick to sew once I’ve cut out all my pieces. I used an overlocker to sew the seams, and a sewing machine to sew the self-ribbing (is there such a thing?) and finish off the sleeves and hem.

It was 1am when I started on the neckline, I was getting a headache, I could not be bother to check the sewing machine manual, so I ended up using the wrong stretch stitch. Oh, well.

Anyway, I think it’s serendipitous that I didn’t read the instructions until after I cut the fabric, so I did not seam allowances and serged it at 3/8 inch instead. It fits perfectly. I did shorten the pattern pieces by two inches before cutting my fabric.

I am so in love with this pattern, I have my next version cut out and ready to sew.

Fabric: Lightweight viscose knit from Lincraft c. 2008
Pattern: Kristen Kimono Tee from Maria Denmark
Year: 2012
Notions: none
Time to complete: 4 hours (trueing up took ages)
First worn: Casual Friday, 3 August 2012
Wear again? Yes, when I want something very casual.


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