Guys, I so want to love this shirt. Love the fabric, love the lace yoke, love a high-low hem. I even like the idea of a v-neck! But this project just makes me sad!
The pattern is the In-House Patterns Kimono tee. I’ve owned this pattern for a year or two and always liked the design, so I figured it would be a good simple project during MMM to add to my Canada Week wardrobe.
The design is a LOT like the True Bias Sutton blouse, but for knits.
Here’s where things went wrong:
- According to the size chart, my hips are a few inches bigger than the largest size. It looked roomy enough so I didn’t add width – good thing, because I ended up taking out 2″ total at the centre front seam, and taking the wides in!
- I cut the shoulders at the size recommended for me (the shirt is drafted for a D-cup, which in sewing terms is right for me). However, the yoke was really wide! I ended up narrowing it by 1″ at each shoulder while sewing.
- The front shoulders have pretty gathering where it connects to the yoke, so my brain insisted there should be gathering in the back too. Turns out there isn’t, according to the pattern, so when I narrowed the yoke I turned the extra back width into gathering.
- There is no shaping in the back seam. Why is it there?
- There is a centre front seam, but the instructions don’t use the to help finish the neckline more easily! I ignored the facing/binding, and turned and coverstitched the neckline instead, then sewed up the centre front last.
Now in fairness, I did add a challenge for myself by using this sheer-ish floral knit and lace that needed to be underlined to be work-appropriate. That was easy enough – I cut out two layers of each piece, and just help them together as I sewed. Because of all the gathering and the multiple layers, I chose to sew the whole thing on my sewing machine instead of the serger. So slow and boring!
But friends, here’s what makes it almost unwearable:
The stupid armholes! There is no shaping at all in the kimono sleeve – it’s just an open section of the side seam. As a result, the side seam is short and pulls WAAAAY up when I lift my arm. Look, you can see my waistband, which is higher than my belly button! I cannot handle that – I demand that my clothes stay in place while I move.
Combine that with the gapey necklines that shifts about, and that fact that if I bend over EVERYTHING would be on show, and I certainly can’t wear it at work. I can and might wear it at home while lounging… but the volume is particularly unflattering when I sit, and from the side it does me no favours!
So what have I learned? That I must have really good luck with patterns for this one to make me so sad and frustrated. That I demand shaping in a kimono sleeve (like on a Tiramisu, or a Kristen Kimono Tee), and that volume in front and back is too much. And, that this pattern is well and truly not for me.
What was your last wadder? And how to you balance wanting to try new patterns with the annoyance of disappointing projects? Me, I’m heading back to my trusty TNTs fr a bit.