After sewing the two shirts I felt like I needed something quick and simple to sew.
I made the Maria of Denmark Kimono tee last year as my first proper attempt of sewing with knits.
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Before I made the first tee back in October I did a lot of reading up about sewing with knits. There is some great advice in the links attached to the original posts, find it here
I have two skirts that don’t get worn at the moment as I don’t have tops which would go with them. I decided to make one red and one black which would sort out this problem. I bought the 100% cotton single jersey fabric from Calico Laine on-line at £5.49 per metre. One thing I love about Calico Laine is that they post out 1st class so if you order by early afternoon you are likely to receive it the next day.
I used the triple stretch stitch on my machine using a ball point needle and neatened the seam allowances with the overlocker. It has made me realise that I really need to get the overlocker serviced as currently it won’t work as a 4 thread. Construction would be so much faster if I could, getting rid of the need to use the triple stitch and sewing and neatening in one go. I spent some time trying to work the problem out. It seems that the tension disc isn’t working. I can’t seem to tighten it which is what it needs.
I used clear elastic to stabilise the shoulder seams. I hadn’t had much luck using this before but I feel now I have sort of mastered it. Previously I found the elastic was stretching when I stitched it to the seam resulting in a puckered seam. Now I stitch it on after I have sewn the seam and slightly pull the fabric and this seems to have got over my problem.
For attaching the neck band I followed the pattern advice and cut the band 15% shorter than the total length of the neck opening and this seems to work fine with me.
I made the red tee first and I found that the shoulder seams sit slightly too far back on me and the back neck line was a bit stretched out and hung down. Before I cut out the black tee I took 1.5cm from the front shoulder and added it to back shoulder pattern and then raised the centre back by 1.5cm lessening the cb dip and curve. I also stay stitched the back neck in hope of preventing any stretching. It’s all seemed to work and the black fits much better at the back neck.
The body and sleeve hems were finished with the ball point twin needle. You need to be really careful you don’t overstretch the hems when finished or the stitches could snap. The thing I find most time consuming on these tees is securing the thread ends of the twin needle hems. I bring them all through to the back and stitch in and tie off. The red one has been worn this week with a skirt I haven’t worn in ages so job done!
Sewing with Knits, Maria of Denmark Kimono tee