Distracted Sewing: Kirsten Kimono Tee (free pattern)

I admit being distracted is usually my normal state. But when I made this tee, I was having a serious brain fart. Good thing it was so easy and idiot proof that it still worked!

The Kirsten Kimono Tee is available as a free download when you sign up for MariaDenmark’s newsletter. Don’t worry, she won’t spam you or anything. It’s only two pieces and so easy to sew up.

My fabric was a twisted mess of a piece of rayon jersey from Girl Charlee. I had washed and dried it a couple times, tried to iron it and make do, but it was just, ugh. Since this was a quickie muslin to check fit I used it anyway. It was a tie-dye print that was much to tie-dye-ish in person, so I used it wrong side out.

So after fighting with it and cutting the two pieces out I noticed something was off… oh, yeah, the stretch was going in the wrong direction (top-down instead of side-side). Holding it up to me it seemed that it might still fit so I started sewing. Then I cut the neck binding too narrow…and tried to use it anyway. Big mistake, and had to cut it off. I made a new binding wider than the directions called for, and it worked for the most part. It’s not as tight as I would like it, but it looks ok with the boat-neck style.

This will end up being a great gardening tee for summer time.


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  1. The back displays the name of the shirt – Robust Negative Zone.

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