My second set of kimono pj’s are finished, and I had to share this photo because I am so in love with this fabric… it’s called ‘kei girl on a farm’ and it’s by Megumi Sakakibara. (I got it from Fabricworm.com- they have a great and very large supply of Japanese import fabrics.) I really do like this Amy Butler pattern, but again noticed how off the measurements for the elastic for the waistband are. I had to cut at least 2″ or so shorter than the given measurements. And when we’re taking 6 month old babies, that’s a lot!
This fabric is so light and soft. Seriously- How cute is that little farm girl??? These pj’s are going to one of my bff’s new neice, so I won’t show too much more since she’s like…one of the 3 subscribers to this little blog… and she’ll see them in a week!
I was a little nervous about making this. A homemade shirt? Ehh…. a little risky. I didn’t want to end up looking like I belonged with these fine girls:
(No offense ladies- I definately fit into your color scheme as you’ll see below…)
I came across this Sew Liberated pattern and googled some images. Lo and behold, lots of girls have made these tunics and they actually look kind of cute! (p.s. why do I not like the word “tunic”?)
So I went to our local fabric shop armed with a birthday gift certificate from my sis, bought some really nice quality powdery blue cotton, let it sit there for 3 weeks and then got sewing….
I have to say that a few things went wrong here. First, I ran out of my blue thread about halfway through. So, I ended up using some gray instead- luckily you can’t tell. But, that did require some seam ripping here and there. Then, I had a major issue with the sleeves. The directions say to gather your sleeve at the shoulder first so it will fit the armholes in the bodice when you attach it- thus giving a slight gathered look at the shoulders when finished. Well, I found that my sleeve pieces fit the armholes perfectly and when I tried to gather them and sew them on, it totally didn’t work! I tried twice and after the second time seam ripping… I wanted to seam rip my eyeballs! Extremely frustrating to say the least. When I googled this issue online, I found many people had the same problem. Ugh.
…Anyway, here is my “tag” as of late- a cute little piece of bird ribbon….
The last little glitch in all of this was when I sewed the skirt to the bodice. I had to take in the skirt about 1/2″ at the center and create another pleat. For some reason my skirt ended up a little wider than the bodice… so, that wasn’t too big of a deal, but really this shirt is only supposed to have 2 pleats on the front. But, I’m happy with it. See? I’m smiling.
So, what do I think of the finished look? Worth all the seam ripping. I will make another one- maybe next time I’ll shorten it so it’s less of a tunic and more of a shirt. But, we’ll see… With these things, sometimes you kinda just have to go with the flow, cross your fingers and hope you don’t end up looking like a sisterwife!