Maria Denmark – Kirsten Kimono Tee

Kirsten Kimono Tee 2

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.

 

Blogger Kick in the Booty

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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Last Minute Gift Sewing: Flower Scarf

Flower Scarf

Anyone else sewing last minute gifts?  It seems like I only find time to sew gifts is in the middle of the night, when the fabric store is closed and I can barely focus.  So I went rummaging through my stash and my cluttered mind for something easy to make with supplies I have on hand.  I decided on this flower scarf which I had seen in a pattern and in RTW.

 

Supplies

Supplies

Drafting the pattern

Drafting the flower pattern was a little bit of a mystery.  I tried 2 other drafts using math, angles and other confusing things.  My mind just doesn’t work well with numbers late at night.  Drawing it on paper made everything really clear.  To draft the pattern you start with four squares that are 3” by 3”.  Then you draw four 3” circles.  After that you draw two diagonal lines from corner to corner.  Then you draw four more circles along the diagonal.  Lastly you draw 2 more lines from the center to where the outer most point where the circles overlap to make your stitching templates.  See red outline below. Drafting PatternThe 8 circles will be the final size of your flower.  If you want it larger or smaller you adjust the size of the square and circle.  If you like it as I’ve drafted it, you’re in luck.  You can just download my pattern.

Flower Scarf Letter download button

Flower Scarf A5 download button

Cutting the pattern

The pattern is just a circle.  Each flower takes 8 circles.  The pattern takes 10 flowers to make a 48” scarf.  I made 9 flowers because that’s all the fabric I had.  I used what should have been the sleeves of my Victory Pattern Lola dress had I bought enough fabric.  The fabric was just too beautiful to waste and is the perfect fabric for this scarf.  To eek out enough circles, I chalked the circle pattern nesting them like biscuits and cut them using scissors.  I have a circle cutter but the fabric was too soft and didn’t stay in place as I was cutting.

Circles

 Slow sewing the flower method

Step 1:  Place 2 circles wrong sides together and sew together using the edge of stitching template 1 as a guide.

Step 2:  Open up the 2 circles and fold the top flap to the left side.  Place another circle piece underneath, again wrong sides together.  Use stitching guide 2 and sew along the edge of the template.

Step 3:  Repeat step 2 for the rest of the 5 circles for 8 circles total.  You’ll sew circle #1 to circle #8 to complete the flower.

StitchingFinished flower

Speed sewing method

For those who want to sew quicker you can sew like the factories and sew pieces continuously.  By that I mean that you sew one piece after another without taking it out of the machine.  This way you save time and thread.

Step 1: same as Slow Sewing step 1 above.  But instead of taking the piece off the machine, you leave a tiny bit of thread in between and sewing circle #1 to #2 for all ten of the flowers.  Clip the threads tails.

Speed sewing 1

Step 2: same as Slow Sewing step 2.  Again you leave a small piece of thread and sew circle #2 and circle #3 for all ten of the flowers.

Step 3:  repeat sewing circle #3 to #4 x 10, #4 to #5 x 10 etc until you get all 8 circles sewn.  You will need to leave more thread between the sets as the flowers get bigger.

Serious ProductionFinished flowers

Sewing the scarf

The last step is to sew the 10 flowers together to make the scarf.  To do this, place flowers wrong (flat) side together and sew across the outer corner of one of the petals.

Sew flowers together

You can sew these end to end or staggered like I did.

StaggeredAs I’m writing these instructions it seems more complicated than it really is.  You’re cutting a bunch of circles and sewing them together.  It’s pretty mindless as long as you keep the sets of flower pieces organized.  You can make it more complicated by having the flowers in different fabrics or having different fabrics within a flower.  Make it more complicated at your own risk.  I’ll just stick with one fabric.

Now, how do I tie this thing?

Now, how do I tie this thing?

 Happy (holiday) sewing,

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