having made my kirsten kimono dress, i always knew i wanted to make several of the tees. when girl charlee had a sale in november i snapped up a bunch of yard cuts with a plan to make several kimono tees for summer.
i cut out 4 tees in early december and worked on them when i could in among christmas parties and festivities. i finished them late on 27 dec in preparation for a trip the following day. mr flagg does a lot of travel for work and sometimes i am lucky enough to go with him. i hadn't been on a trip for several years though and 28 dec saw us flying to south africa - kimono tees would be perfect!
|cotton jersery $3.85 yard|
|slub cotton jersey blend $4.20 yard|
|cotton jersey $3.84 yard|
|cotton jersey slub $3.50 yard|
i rectified this issue for these versions, constructed them on my sewing machine and used a twin needle for the neck binding, arms (which I again added a binding to) and hem. i also used a knit stay tape on the hems.
this is me in our accommodation on a game reserve just before going on an afternoon safari. i also made the shorts. i made them around oct/nov last year, i had great plans of trying a new shorts pattern like here, here or here, but in the end to get a quick outcome i used now OOP lisette 2245 which i used the year before to make up a pair of shorts, using the pants pattern. next summer's sewing will definitely involve trying a new shorts pattern!
the fabric is a red sateen from spotlight. i didn't consider it when i purchased it, but it has no stretch - i do prefer to have a bit of stretch when making shorts/pants. but these shorts are comfortable enough and i like the colour. the construction is pretty straightforward - darts at the back, waistband and side zip. i used a black conventional zip from my stash. i bought 80cm of the sateen on sale, i think it was about $8.00, but i did need to cut the back pieces on the cross grain.
here's kirsten on safari checking out some rhinos - wow safari is amazing. we saw heaps of animals including giraffes, zebras and hippos as well as this elephant below who wasn't too happy about letting us past.
this is me at lunch on the second day in the game park. its another kirsten i made prior to the colourful ones and prior to sorting out the neckline issue. cheesy i know but i wanted to take this version on safari, the fabric came from rathdowne fabrics from a trip to melbourne in the middle of last year. again a cheap but cheerful make at something like $8.95 - i can't quite remember.
at the entry gate to the game reserve there were some craft markets, i picked up some fabric for $15 AUD which is probably outrageous, but i wanted something to remind me of the trip. am not sure what i will make from it, perhaps an a-line dress or boxy top as it is quite stiff. i really like the colours and pattern.
one more pic kind of related to sewing and fabric - a lasting impression of driving through the country side to the game reserve was the colourful clothes lines, they were everywhere - this was snapped out the car window.