Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono Tee

Here are some more Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono tees.  I added pleats to the red/grey/cream floral to bring in the neckline.  I didn’t have enough fabric to make the neckband.  I thought the neckline stretched out so that is why the pleats.  But after wearing the Kirsten Kimono tee I finished last night, I know now it is because there is no neckband.





This week, I went ahead and made another Kirsten Kimono tee for me-made- May rotation.  Last night, I didn’t feel like doing the math and cutting out the neckband.  So I went ahead and turned under and stitched.  As I am wearing it right now, I notice the neckline isn’t laying like it should.  I think I will go back and add the neckband tonight.



Me- Made- May Part 2

May 8th:


Cardigan (RTW)

Deer & Doe Airelle Blouse



May 9:


Cardigan (RTW)

Tank Top (RTW)

Skirt from Vogue 1247 (Rachel Comey)


May 10:


Denim dress from Simplicity 2246



May 11:


Tilly & The Buttons Coco dress




May 12:


McCall’s 5884 long sleeve top



May 13:


Tilly & The Buttons Coco dress



May 14:


Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono Tee (to be blogged)




Me-Made May 2015 Part 1

May 1:



Polo from Old Navy

Skirt from Vogue 1247 (un-blogged)

May 2:


Firework pattern Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono Tee

Skinny sweetheart jeans from Old Navy


May 3:


Repeated Skirt from Vogue 1247

Blue tank from Old Navy

Light blue top from Old Navy


May 4:


Cardigan (Old Navy)

Brown Floral Deer & Doe Airelle blouse



May 5:



Skirt Vintage Simplicity 5385


May 6:  (Please note that Lala picked this outfit which may not have been weather appropriate.  Forecast was supposed to be upper 70s.  I don’t think it got there.)



Denim dress Simplicity 2246 (I did end up removing the sleeves so it is sleeveless now)


May 7:  (The outfit Lala didn’t pick the day before)



Floral Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono Tee (un-blogged)



Re-cap of this week:  Only one repeated item.


Fun in the 1940’s- McCall 4785


Back to a vintage pattern for my next top.  I picked up McCall 4785 a couple of months ago when I was looking for vintage dress patterns.  The pattern is copyrighted 1942.  Much to my surprise, the pattern looks like it had never been made.  Only part of the front piece was cut out.  I picked up the pattern because it looked like a nice everyday sort of blouse, so part of me wonders why it was never made.  Was it supposed to be a present and the original seamstress realized it was the wrong size?DSCI0291


I traced out the front and back pattern pieces only.  I added to the side seams for the hip area and graded to nothing at the waist.  I used the same cotton voile that was used for the Deer & Doe Blouse Airelle (I need to remember to get better pictures of this one) which should work well for the button down blouse.  I used some ribbon to hem the top so I was able to keep some length.


I really like the fit of this top.  I definitely should put in with the Deer & Doe Airelle blouse as patterns to turn to when in need of a top.  Next time I make this I will definitely be adding at least two inches to the length (at the bottom) and I think I may also bring in the side seams a touch too from arm to waist area.

With Me-Made-May coming up, April has been the month of separates.  I still have a Deer & Doe Airelle blouse to blog and a Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono tee done.  I am currently working on a new skirt.  I am not sure if I have enough for a whole month so I plan on seeing how many days out of the 31 I wear me-made items.  The past couple weeks, the average has been 3 days of me-made items.


Purple Pavement Scarf

Time to share about the crochet projects I have been working on.  February, I picked up a crochet pattern for doll boot cuffs from Pixie Faire website.  The pattern wasn’t too hard and I was able to make one up in a thicker yarn.  Before I made one my dolls could actually wear with boots (since they need thin sock type yarn), I decided to try making a cowl type scarf for myself especially since I hadn’t really crochet before.


I picked a free pattern out from on-line and went on over to Pattern Review for opinions of others more experienced than me.  I had several better options presented to me and I went ahead and picked out the pavement infinity scarf.  It is made using the double crochet stitch.  The link to the pattern is at the end of the post.


I think it took me about 3 tries to get the scarf started.  Trial one didn’t look like the video.  Trial 2 seems to be getting wider.  Trial 3 made it until the end.  I used 2 balls of yarn for my scarf and had about 60 inches in length total.  At the end I used some of the left over yarn to sew the ends together.


For the month of April, I am trying to focus on sewing tops which will be usable for me-made-may.  So this week, I need to get pictures of my Deer & Doe Airelle blouse that I finished the last week.  I just started McCall’s 4785 from 1942 last night.  Lastly, I would like to make Kate & Rose’s Zsálya blouse for me-made may.  Besides the tops, I would like to finish making my mom a pavement infinity scarf too for Mother’s day.


Pattern Link:


Best of PR- Sewaholic Gabriola Skirt


Sewaholic’s Gabriola skirt has to be the perfect summer skirt.  It is loose for those hot humid summer days when you don’t want anything clinging to you.  Last year, I wore my skirt often even on a day trip down to a couple of wineries in Louisburg.  So it is even picnic appropriate.

Normally, I have the blog post created before posting the pattern review, but since this was for the Best of PR contest, I had to post the review by March 31.

Here is the review (I put the blog only parts in italic):

1.  Why do you think this was voted one of the Best Patterns?

I think the pattern description explains it best: The Gabriola Skirt is flared to create a curvy A-line silhouette, narrowing the waist and elongating the body. Angled panels around the waist flatter the figure and look especially good in striped fabrics. Sew the yoke panels in a contrast fabric, or choose one fabric for the entire skirt. Looks great in printed fabrics as well as solids. A center back zipper makes this skirt easy to construct with a very sophisticated result. Look effortlessly stylish in a long skirt!

2.  Would you have made this pattern if it was NOT voted one of the top patterns of the year?

Actually back in January I thought of making another Gabriola skirt and bought a cotton lawn for it even before I knew this was one of the best patterns of 2014. I decided to use the ITY instead of the cotton lawn since I thought it was too light for a skirt.  The cotton was actually a cotton voile (I am not sure of the exact difference between lawn and voile).  The cotton voile is now being used for three tops which are currently being worked on. 

3.  How did you make your version of this pattern unique?

I guess the fact that I made the pattern in a knit instead of the recommended woven fabrics may make it unique. I also used an elastic waist.


4.  What size(s) did you make?

Size 12

5.  Did you find the sizing accurate compared to the measurements listed on the pattern?

I think so.  It is hard to tell because of the fabric (see question 6). 

6.  What fabric and trims did you use? What was the source of your fabric and trims?

Raspberry ITY from Fabric-mart. It isn’t on their website anymore. This fabric absolutely hated the rotary cutter. I think I ended up with a skirt slightly smaller than size 12 when finished because it would shift around under the rotary cutter. The yoke pieces were the worst for this and it looked like I had ears on my hips. So after everything was pretty much together, I went back with my design curve and smoothed out the yoke to gentle curves.

I bought 10 yards of the raspberry ITY  because I adored the color and so hopefully I am ready for the cutting battle when I go to use it again. I think it would work well for some leggings.


7.  Describe how you used the pattern instructions. Did you follow the instructions literally, did you figure out how to assemble on your own, or a combination of instructions plus own experience?

I have made this before so I didn’t look at the instructions. I did pull out my teal skirt for reference. I used the style of the “unit” construction method from the 1960s. I made the front first, then back and continued finishing up the skirt.

8.  Describe any alterations you made and discuss whether alternations were for fit or for design.

I made a straight size 12. My fabric seemed to not like the rotary cutter and shifted around even with my pattern weights so after I got it together I had to re-shape the yoke part.  I did take 5 inches out in the length of the skirt so it fit me better.  I didn’t take it all at one location.  At the lengthen/ shorten line, I took just one inch then measures so far down and took another inch out and repeated.  It was easier to smooth out the ridges after and didn’t affect the hem width.   

9.  What did you like and what did you dislike about the pattern?

I like the flare and that it is easy to wear.  If it is any help, the skirt did get bunny approval while I was making it.  Lala would sit on it as I was pinning the pieces together. 

10.  Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I really want a version in a print so if the right print came up I would sew it again. I think it is a great summer skirt so I would recommend others to look at it and see if it would work for them.

So since I didn’t know, the blog’s 3rd anniversary was on Monday April 6th.  It is a good thing that Word-press keeps up with that type of stuff because I surely don’t.


Best of PR Contest- Deer & Doe Plantain tee


I went ahead and made the other free t-shirt, Deer & Doe’s Plantain t-shirt, for Pattern Review’s Best Pattern contest.

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I had just enough of the coral stripe rayon jersey knit to make this project with some left over for doll clothes.  I was able to get the stripes to match at the side seams!

I used a size 42 at the bust, shoulders and waist then graded out to the 46 for the hip.  I used the length for the size 46 since I wanted the shirt a bit on the longer side.  I also used the size 46 neckline just to have a higher scoop neckline.  For the dress I made last year, I used the 42 but it is a little low-cut for my taste.  The 46 was a better pick.

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In comparing the two shirts: The ideal t-shirt neckline would be somewhere between the plantain and the kimono.  I like the looser sleeves of the kimono shirt better but I like the length of the plantain sleeve better.  I like the looser fit at the hips of the plantain shirt just because it is a little more relaxed than the kimono t-shirt.  But otherwise both are great t-shirt patterns to have.

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