Maria Denmark Kirsten T

I cut this out this afternoon, after a plumbing emergency put paid to my laundry plans.  All now sorted, but needed to call out an emergency tradesperson, mucho expensive!

The pattern is a free download, and the original pattern has a short kimono sleeve, but this is for my mum and she don’t do no short sleeve!  So I made a pattern piece for a long sleeve.  Unfortunately my overlocker chose to misbehave herself.  I’ve fiddled & faddled about with it, but I can’t get her to form the stitches properly.  I wonder if I have knocked the timing out or something?  Anyway, she is off to the sewing machine hospital on Monday for a check up.  So I had to knock this one out on the sewing machine, which was a faff.

This fabric is a bit odd, the flowers are kind of plasticky feeling and embossed onto lightweight viscose jersey, but mama likes it and that’s all that matters.  I think I bought it from ebay, but I can’t remember.

I took the photo before hemming and cover stitching the neckband, and I can’t be bothered to photograph it again.  You’ll just have to believe me when I say the neckline lies nice and flat, now it is cover hemmed. It has turned out rather well, if I say so myself.

Sleeves still need to be hemmed, but I need mama to try it on before I can do that, they will undoubtedly need significant shortening.



6 Comments on “Maria Denmark Kirsten T”

  1. Chris Lucas says:

    Tradesmen sure do cost a fortune unfortunately for us but good for them LOL. I’m loving the look of the print of this fabric and I can see why your mamma likes it.

  2. Fiona M says:

    Thanks Chris, just got back from a try on with mum, it needs quite significant alteration to fit. She has lost such a lot of weight recently. (All part of the aging process, unfortunately. She is in her 80’s and I remember her mum (my gran) shrinking in the same way. We have such a lot to look forward to eh?!).
    So; back to the drawing board, about 5″ off the sleeves and 3 or 4″ off the length should do it!

  3. helen says:

    Did you add a set in sleeve?
    I’ve made this 3 times and really like it.
    I think her formula for the neck band works well (-15% of the neck opening).

    Like the fabric!

    My overlocker needs seeing too. It works fine as 3 thread but not on 4. I just need to find someone as the usual guy isn’t around anymore.

  4. Fiona M says:

    No, I’m not that clever! I just made a tapered sleeve piece to attach to the existing Kimono sleeve. It gives a nice ‘drop shouldered’ look. I do the neck band by the Tilton method shown on the Craftsy course, it works well for me. Previously I used fold over elastic on this pattern, with good effect.

  5. Béa says:

    It’s very pretty, and looks like one of those really useful pieces that your Mum can wear all the time.

    My friend always said, if you can’t marry a rich man, then at least get a practical one. Men who understand plumbing are worth their weight in gold. My ex had a blind spot in that respect! He *thought* he could do plumbing, but something as simple as changing a washer could result in the downstairs flat getting flooded! I had to put my foot down about calling in a plumber even for the most minor of domestic incidents.

    • Fiona M says:

      Mum seems pleased with it (which is a rare event!).
      DH is actually pretty good on DIY, and will have a go at most things, but this particular emergency required the replacement of the mains stop tap, which had the potential to become a very big issue indeed! I was relieved when he suggested it needed a professional 😀

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