I love Maria Denmark's free Kirsten Kimono Tee, which was my second "grown up" make and first successful knit make (after my strange BHL Polly Top in hatchi knit). Aside from the slightly droopy neckline I was happy with it and gifted it to mom before taking any pics. Anyhow, at some point last summer I had the not-so-brilliant idea of lengthening the pattern into a maxi dress. I am not sure why I thought it would look good when I normally don't like straight dresses with kimono sleeves. Go figure. I decided to try my idea on this gorgeous jersey print instead of the many boring solids in my stash. Again, go figure.
This time I had a different approach to the neckline (for some reason still ignoring the pattern which calls for a simple binding). I came up with this complicated process where I cut off a 1 inch strip of jersey and applied knit stay tape to it. Then serged it onto the right side of the dress along the unstabilized egde, fliped over and zig-zagged. Why I did not simply apply the knit stay tape to the back of the fabric, fold over, and stitch down is beyond me. However, unlike my original Kirtsen Tee it didn't droop or gape so I guess that was a success?
So there I was -- having wasted one of my favorite knits on a dress I hated. What to do, what to do? I know! Turn it back into a kimono tee! I chopped the bottom off, hemmed... And promptly tossed aside! Somehow it STILL didn't look right. And I didn't know why. I gave it to mom who, strangely, loves it.
For some reason by the time I was done straightening the bottom the skirt was almost too short for a maxi so I left it unhemmed. And the shape still highlights my lack of curves (the pattern lines don't help). But with a solid tank and a head scarf in a matching pattern I feel like I almost feel cool in it. Not the most exciting make, but much much better than the dress I started with. Plus the fabric feels divine against the skin in the heat. So there is that.