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MariaDenmark: 101 (Kirsten Kimono Tee) thumbsup - Type:Dresses    printable version
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Posted on:1/28/14 1:49 PM
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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I've already written a full review of this pattern when I used it for its intended purpose - a Tee. I've been experimenting a lot with modifying patterns I like and I think converting a top to a dress ( and vice versa) is one of the easiest mods. Another added benefit is, you know it will fit because you already love the top.

So I had a little over a yard of this novelty cotton/poly knit from Tex-Styles in Austin and a glittery rayon lycra gray which was perfect for underlining this knit. I had originally wanted this to be a top but I knew I would have difficulty pairing this with another separate so I thought of making it into a simple shift dress.

When I started looking at some shift patterns, I didn't find anything which I liked. I also didn't have much fabric to play with so sleeves weren't an option. Enter: Kimono Top...

Perfect! I first lay both the fabrics on top of each other to make sure that I have enough of both and then placed the pattern pieces (there are only two!) and when I was convinced that I had enough fabric, I started cutting.

I didn't even make a pattern, I just extended the hem and added a little more flare at the bottom (not much) to as much as I could. The dress is a little shorter than what I would have liked but it'll have to do.

Then I simply sewed the top (dress) as a single layer. I narrow hemmed the neckline and the hem with my coverstitch. For the neckline, I first added a strip of clear elastic so it wouldn't stretch out and then turned under and top stitched.

I left the sleeve edges raw. They hang better this way.

To embellish this dress, I contemplated adding this trim and posted question on facebook but in the end I decided that I would rather have the option of styling it when I am wearing it for a fancier occasion, so I left it as is. I will use the trim for some other purpose.

I love it! Its so comfortable and so stylish. I can wear it with boots in winter with a cardigan and a scarf or with cute sandals in the summer. I will most definitely be making more of these shift dresses.
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MrsCharisma said...
I love that you extended the tee to a tunic length! This is one of my favorite patterns. AND it uses so little fabric!
1/28/14 1:57 PM
annakeeton said...
Love this mini dress and I am in awe that you took pics outside without a jacket, given how cold it's been in the Northeast.
1/28/14 10:05 PM
lyndle said...
Love your dress. It looks really cute on you (cool gloves too).By the way, your link to the previous review doesn't work for me - I think it needs your admin permission to view or something.
1/28/14 10:52 PM
SewLibra said...
Brrrr, no coat! :-0 But your dress is so cute and I love the textured fabric! I couldn't open your link either.
1/29/14 0:21 AM
MariaDenmark said...
I love it! ANd yay! you got some sewing done for you. Good job!
1/29/14 5:19 AM
Danvillegirl said...
Nice job!
1/29/14 5:26 AM
ASiverson said...
I love what you did with the pattern, and the Tunic looks great on you styled as is! TFS!
1/29/14 9:52 AM
SouthernStitch said...
You look adorable in this dress!
1/29/14 11:26 AM
fattyboomboom said...
Excellent idea to modify a top you love. This is such interesting fabric--perfect for a simple style. Lovely!
1/29/14 2:29 PM
Samantha82 said...
Very flattering, and I love your fabric!
1/30/14 11:50 PM
Hilary said...
This is really cute on you! I love it w/ the boots and tights. Nice hand warmers, too! :o)
2/7/14 10:49 PM
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