Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Teeny Tiny Piece



I had to whip out at dusk to take this photo of my latest stash busting tee.  I had two different pieces of grey fabric.  The gold embossed piece was from this top and the striped piece was from this dress.  Now, I was going to make both of these pieces into some lingerie but at the last moment decided that grey was a little too dull for my lingerie preferences.  A little bit of Googling later and Marie Denmark was conceived. 

Had this pattern not been free, I probably wouldn't have considered a pattern from this supplier.  They tend to be more leaning towards basics than flamboyant and I tend to find basics sewing a little dull.  That being said though, I am thoroughly impressed by the cut of the Maria Denmark Kimono Tee and now consider myself a convert.   I particularly like their pattern matching so it is really easy to tape the pieces of pattern together.  There are definitely no jigsaw puzzles with this one.   It was a cleverly conceived idea on their behalf to suck non converts like me in, I think and I just may have to order more patterns.  Never let it be said that I don't support small pattern designers.  I have long been a Sewaholic worshiper and have also supported Colette and Style Arc as well.  I may now have to add Maria Denmark to my new list of patterns to buy.




Now, back to the details.  I cut out a size small as indicated by my measurements and changed nothing about this pattern except splicing both the front and back to incorporate  two different fabric prints.  I also cut the neck ribbing shorter than stated as I found it sat better.



Once again after my origami style cutting, I have no fabric left.  Excellent!  There are now two less pieces of fabric trying to be first to escape the fabric cupboard. 



14 comments:

  1. Looks great Andrea. I have this pattern, and lots of "scraps". Maybe I should take a leaf out of your book, so to speak? The splicing has worked beautifully here.

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    1. Thanks Lara. This is a good pattern and a great one for using up scraps.

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  2. That's a nice top and I particularly like the splicing the two fabrics together. I have this pattern too and now that the kitchen is finished painting and school starts on Tuesday, I might get some sewing done.

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    1. Thank you. Good luck with finding the time to sew!

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  3. So cool. Lovin the splice. And another awesome Maria Denmark pattern in the blogosphere! Like you, I've had great luck with Sewaholic, Colette, etc., but I may have to give in and give MD a try. I can't fight it any longer. Awesome stashbusting, Andrea!

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    1. Thanks Shelley. This top is a great way to test the patterns because it is free!

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  4. Nice work on the top. That's something you'd be able to get RTW for a whole lot more $$$.

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    1. Thank you. Saving a few $ is always another nice bonus!

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  5. ooh, lovely! I'm a huge fan of comfy knit tee's like this with a bit of visual interest! It looks awesome :)

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    1. Thank you. I am not really a fan of plain tees...although I probably should be.

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  6. I have seen and admired this Tee on many people but had no idea it was a freebie ! Incredibly smart marketing because look what the free sorbetto did for colette patterns. THanks for the headup on this as your Tee looks great as well.

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    1. Thank you. Yes it is clever marketing. I hope she does well.

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  7. I think Maria's secret is the simplicity of her designs. They are quite 'Danish' like that, perfectly suited and drafted to their purpose. My day-to-night top is my favourite top in years - as is the dress patterns I created from it.
    I've got to make this shirt I have the pattern cut out!!

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