Pattern Description: The Kirsten Kimono Tee is a pattern for a boat neckline kimono sleeved t-shirt with short sleeves, that is fitted (with negative ease) at the bust, but skims loosely over the waist and high hip. I wanted a basic t-shirt, fast and easy to sew, flattering and relaxed fit. This more or less fits the bill.
Pattern Sizing: XS-XXL
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, just don't forget to add seam allowances.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love how quick it is and how little fabric is required. And it's FREE! No dislikes.
Fabric Used: White sequined stretch knit for the front and plain white knit for the back and neck band.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I graded out a little in the bust and a little in for the waist. Otherwise I made a straight M. I added 1/4" seam allowances on the side seams since I constructed this completely on my serger. I also made the neck band according to my own preferences. I measured the flat pattern neck opening then cut a band 85% of that measurement plus 1/2" for seam allowances. I then used this method from Megan Nielsen to attach the binding to the top. I finished the neckline and hems with my coverstitch function on my 5-thread serger.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely be sewing this again as it is a great base for a knit top that can range from casual to dressy depending on the fabric used. This pattern would also be a great entry level pattern for someone who has not sewn any knits before.
Conclusion: This is a great, quick, easy knit top pattern that lends itself to some customization based on fabric choices. And the best part? IT'S FREE!