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Topic: I tried KitschyCoo's knit kimono (aka I picked the wrong day to stop drinking.)  (Read 1818 times)
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« on: March 15, 2009 08:28:40 AM »

So I got brave last night and drafted  a pattern using KitschyCoo's lovely tute (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=264793.0).

After a few minutes I began wishing that there were a knit whisperer (the heck with dogs and horses... this is more important!).  Because I apparently lack basic reading skills, I had to go back and tweak my pattern.  The tutorial was perfectly clear... It has become clear that since I started dieting, late night crafting doesn't work as well (I knew all that sugar was good for something other than junk in the trunk!).

My fabric was a remnant of organic bamboo knit.  It is unbelievably soft and was only big enough to make something for the little one.

I also thought it was a good idea to diverge from the instructions a bit... The results were mixed.  Instead of making long sleeves, I made mine more like half or 3/4 sleeves.  This I like.  Instead of using a knit trim as per the instructions, I used fold over elastic.  As much as I would like to say I did this for artistic reasons, I actually did it because it was late and I wasn't sure how to cut up my remnant to make the trim (I'm a total knit novice.  I know, shocker.).  This wasn't terrible, but was a little challenging where the fabric overlaps in front.  I do like the sheen of the FOE and the contrast.

When I finished all that, I opted to add buttons.  The crossover part wasn't laying right on the floor, so I hoped the buttons would detract from that.  But then I decided that I really like them.

Suddenly I was gripped with fear... What if her big ol' head wouldn't fit through the neck hole?  I had to wait until morning to find out.


It fit!  And looked so much better than I expected...


And she loved it!  Sister Goldenhair is on a major dress kick lately (and will have to wear them to preschool).  She's also ready for her closeup...


This front shot is a bit blurry, but you can see the front better...


The moral of this little tale?  Don't diet and try to sew knits late at night.  Also, if you start with a good tutorial (thanks KitschyCoo!), you can't mess it up too badly.  It actually looks pretty good on her.  I think it would make a great nightgown too.

Helpful hints for working with knits are especially welcome! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2009 09:13:04 AM »

Its a fabulous first knit kimono! Really fabulous in fact!
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2009 11:32:01 AM »

Ha, that made me laugh, thanks!   Grin

I think it turned out really, really nice!  I like the 3/4 sleeves (in fact my original dresses for dd are now tunics with 3/4 sleeves too!), I love the buttons and I think the FOE looks great!

Re: the head thing, I've botched this before...  Quickest way to re-draft the pattern is to made the shoulder seams narrower (i.e. move the point where you start your diagonal line) or when you draw your diagonal line move the point under the arm down (i.e. deepen the V).

Anyway, I think it turned out great!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2009 03:29:49 PM »

Thanks for the kind words.  My sweet old grandma has nothing nice to say about sewing knits, and I had a pretty tough time.  The hardest part was where the cross-over happens.

How do you keep knit from creeping out of place?  I even cut the front and back together, yet when I tried to match up the sides...  You would have thought they were two different sides.  So there's a bit of a bubble near the bottom of one side...  And on the front (with the crossover).

Should I just expect this?  It looks pretty good on her, but I want to get better.  This knit is just so soft...
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2009 04:55:21 PM »

I think this turned out rather nice.  Sewing knits is the bane of my existence.  I tried to make a friend a pair of pants and my head just about exploded! Undecided  I may have to give it another go, because now I want to make my DD a kimono, like the one you made. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009 12:22:05 AM »

 Cheesy The title of your post is so accurate!  Adorable dress.
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2009 07:14:08 AM »

There is a lot of information and advice on the web about sewing with knits (and probably better than mine!) but I posted about it today on my blog:

http://kitschycoo.blogspot.com/2009/03/sewing-with-knits.html
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2009 09:32:10 AM »

 Cheesy at your subject line...
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2009 08:29:20 PM »

Ha!  You are much braver than I!

I think you did a marvelous job! Smiley  Sis certainly seems to like it, too!
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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2009 05:21:41 AM »

I think it came out great! I've had 2 yards of waffle knit for awhile now after I saw the tute for this dress but I haven't worked up the balls to tackle the knit. I'm checking out the knit blog Kitch, hopefully i'll have some knit dresses by the end of the week!
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