From Northern Europe To South Pacific

This is the last of my holiday sewing series.  I really had no intention of actually making this tee before the holidays but at the last minute felt there was something missing from my holiday wardrobe.  

This gorgeous Lycra blend fabric was earmarked for a dress because I actually had two metres of it but it matched my new hoody and shorts beautifully so it was reluctantly sacrificed for version three of Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono tee.  Like version two, I added 1cm to the side seams and graded out slightly at the hips.  I also needed to shorten it slightly as well.  To finish the neck, I stitched on a small band before folding it to the inside and top stitching it down.  This added stability to the neck in an otherwise quite light weight fabric.

The final touch was to twin needle the armhole openings and hem. I really should get organised and use my cover stitch machine but seem to have neither the time or patience to work out how to use it properly.  Perhaps that should have been my New Years sewing resolution!

While I was writing this post, I Wikipedia'ed (is there such a word)
Denmark, because I often wondered about the climates people live in and how this influences how we dress.  The daytime temperature on my holiday was around 23 to 25 degrees Celsius with little wind, apparently a little warmer than Denmark but about average here in New Zealand, although I must say, being a little soft, my swimwear does not usually come out of the drawer until the mercury gets much closer to 30 degrees Celsius!  With shoulder and sun coverage, I found this tee the perfect weight for a day in the mid twenties.


  1. FYI Denmark's largest island is called Zealand and a lovely place. Great t-shirt. I bought a 2nd hand cover stitch machine 18 months ago and haven't played yet... I had study and a court case I was dealing with but that's over now. School started today and I'm going to have a lesson at one of the sewing shops close by - $35 for 30 minutes - sounds like a bargain.

    1. I did not know that about Denmark! The cover stitch lesson sounds like a brilliant idea.


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