Maria Denmark – Kirsten Kimono Tee

Am I the last to know about the Kirsten Kimono Tee?!! Seriously it’s the most awesome summer top ever. And it’s free. Get the pattern here.


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I first saw this pattern on Crafted by Carrie.  Carrie made not one but four great versions. I particularly loved the striped versions. I downloaded and printed the pattern and there it sat on my sewing table. Then it popped up again on No Time to Sew.  Aleah made a great color blocked version. If Aleah, who has “no time to sew” found time to make this top, what was my excuse?

Sewing room clocks says it sew o' clock.

Sewing room clocks says it sew o’ clock.


This Top Sew Up Fast

I’m always curious on how some people sew up something in one night. That’s never the case for me… until now! I grabbed the pattern and cut a straight XS. I’m a pear shape so I usually go a size larger in the hips but I was throwing caution to the wind. The fabric is from my stash, originally from ML Loft. I spent a few extra minutes lining up the stripes and cut away.  I eliminated the neck binding and just folded over and cover stitched. I was done in no time. I threw it on and it fits great.  Could use a little more room in the hips as I suspected but it’s totally wearable. In fact it’s already in my weekly rotation.

Neckline Cover Stitch

Cover stitched neck line instead of neck band.


Matched stripes

They’re Multiplying

I recently had a great day of fabric shopping downtown with my IRL sewing friends Sandra, Aleah and Julianne.   Printed knits were plentiful and I scored all of these goodies.

FIDM ML Loft Haul

My second Kirsten Kimono Tees is the 4th fabric from the bottom in the stack.  I think it came from Michael Levine’s Loft.  I definitely have enough fabric to make a dozen of these to replace my 4+ year old, holey, ill-fitting RTW tees.  If you haven’t sewn up this top, get to it. You won’t regret it.

Kirsten Kimono Tee 2


Bonus Content – Working with stripes

This top looks fab in stripes.  To line up the stripes for the front and back pieces, I just made sure the center of the hem started on the same spot on the pattern.  The back piece is longer than the front so you can only match stripes part of the way up the side seams.

The second tip is to match stripes left to right.  I cut half to the pattern, chalk or clip the CF/CB and fold over the half, line up the stripes and then cut the second half.  This is similar to those who cut on the fold but this way you only have to line up a small section.  The problem with cutting on the fold with a large amount of fabric is that the bottom layer can shift without you noticing.

Cutting Stripes

Edited to add my Pattern Review.

Happy Sewing,

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16 Responses to Maria Denmark – Kirsten Kimono Tee

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  3. knitbunnie says:

    I have a real love for the Kirsten Kimono T, too – making for 2 daughters, sister, & myself, and they’ll take all I am willing to make. To make life easier on me when matching up stripes and print and wanting them even across the entire front or back, I took my Swedish Tracing paper (I am addicted to it!) and made full front and back patterns. It is so much easier to cut one flat piece than to fold, cut, refold, and cut again. It also gives a better visual on design placement. If you’re still cranking out Kimono Ts, make yourself a full front and bak pattern instead of half pieces. I can make them even faster this way 🙂

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  6. Rebecca says:

    Great tops. Nice tip on stripe matching. I haven’t seen it done that way before.

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  8. Kyla says:

    I definitely need to try this pattern! Love both of your versions… and that fabric pile is exciting 🙂 So much potential! I nominated you for the versatile blogger award; just posted details: http://kylachristine.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  9. Vanessa says:

    I agree that this top is a fast sew, with a great fit! I made two of these, and I love my tops. They get plenty of wear! Your tops look great, I especially like the mint striped one!

  10. Raye Ann Clayton says:

    You are not the last to hear of this pattern…that would be ME!
    But, I have already downloaded it, thanks to your review 🙂
    They are super cute, and I do love the stripes!

  11. aleah says:

    You always have the brilliant ideas I would never have thought of – you have solved my stripe matching problem! Holy cow you’re a genius!
    I like the mint stripe version – how did I not get a hunk of that fabric? Looks like something I’d buy 🙂

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