|Okay, okay, so it looks a little like a hospital gown. Or some nurse's scrubs...|
I basically made the shirt following this method, but differed in the following ways:
- Since I was using an old sheet, I just lined up the bottom edge of the sleeves and the bottom edge of all shirt pieces with the existing hem on the sheet. This made it so I didn't have to hem anything or add any bias tape around the sleeve edges. Jawsome.
- Rather than having the bias tape go in one continuous piece all the way down the front edges, I just did a piece of bias tape going from the bottom edge up to the armpit (the place where it turns). Then I did another piece of bias tape that went all the way around from the end of one tie, around the top of the front, around the back neckline, and back around to the other side of the front and the tie on the opposite side. (Hope that makes sense.) That way I didn't have to cut and sew extra tie pieces.
- I omitted the cute little pleats on the sleeves. Well, initially I did include the cute little pleats, but I was making the shirt when Olivia was sleeping and when I tried it on her the next morning it was kind of a tight squeeze with the pleats, so I had to take them out. (Sigh.)
Other than the fact that it really does bear a striking resemblance to hospital attire, I'm very pleased with how it turned out. Mainly because...
...it fits her!
That always means success in my book.
(Because you know how much that is not always the case.)
And here's a little tribute to all of you fellow-sewers out there without sergers.
And besides, once it's on Olivia, who would ever know?
(Well, except you of course. But that's only because I told you. You know what I mean.)
Kimono shirt success #2