Thursday, November 30, 2017

Kyoto Tee

As you know, I'm all about ruffles (funny for someone who doesn't particularly enjoy - or is good at - gathering, but who said I was logical). When I saw the Kyoto Sweater/Tee from Papercut Patterns, I knew I had to make it for myself one day. And that day has come.



I often do purges of my daughters' closet as they outgrow items and the seasons change, but I haven't really gone through mine as carefully. I realized I own a lot of t-shirts, most of which I must have bought when I was in grad school soooooo many years ago, when t-shirts and jeans were my uniform. And not much has changed when it comes to my basics. How can you go wrong with a t-shirt and jeans, you ask? Well, you can't - except that they don't fit me the way they did now that I've had kids. I'm not into low-rise jeans anymore, and all my tees are...too short in the torso and too tight compared to how I like to wear my clothes these days, so bye-bye. (Please let's not address that I am wearing my boyfriend jeans all wrong. I was trying to hide my socks - and now that I've pointed it out, you won't be able to unsee them, haha. #realmomsrealclothes)



I feel more comfortable with the oversized look these days, and this Kyoto Tee fit the bill. Looking at the sizing chart, my bust put me in an XXS (I'm actually a bit smaller than the XXS for reference), but my waist and hip measurements were closer to the XS, so I went ahead and made the straight XS. And I'm glad I did.

The only change I made was I added a bit of width (or is it height?) to the neckband pattern piece (which I totally didn't need to do, as you can see) because I wanted to fold the piece over as you would bias binding rather than use the method suggested in the tutorial. I think next time I will go with the piece as is. UPDATE - I was speaking with the ever-knowledgeable Mie, who reminded me that I had not mentioned something quite important about the pattern, which is that the sleeve pattern piece is an interesting shape. The top of the sleeve head is pointy rather than curved. My lack of technical expertise leads me to say that I have no idea why this is so. Even as I wondered why it was shaped that way, when it came time to sew the sleeve, I seem to have blatantly ignored the point and instead flattened and curved the piece as I was sewing, so I can't even tell you what effect it is meant to have, sorry!! Maybe it's meant to help the ruffle stick up more? If you have any answers to this mystery, I would love to know!



I kept the length because I prefer a longer top for when I have to bend down (I am short at 5'1", so you might want to adjust the length if you don't like where it hits on me). I like the length of the short sleeves, which works well with the ruffles. I was worried about how the ruffles would look because of my broad shoulders, but I think it's okay because they don't overwhelm me. I originally wanted to go with the long sleeve version, but because I didn't buy enough fabric, I had to settle for short. Which is fine, because with the long sleeves maybe it would have been too much pink, haha.



I used the beautiful jersey Humu print from Nosh fabric in Maple Sugar-Vanilla for this tee. It's such a lovely print that I hoarded saved for so long that now it is unfortunately sold out on the site. It's too bad, because after making this tee I thought it would make such an elegant holiday dress. I love this color. It's such a soft, feminine, pretty shade of pink that takes me back to when I was a little girl who wanted to be called "Rosebud," hahaha! You can find more fabric in Maple Sugar HERE. I love the Pirate print, which balances the feminine color with black skulls. 

I think the VĂ„LKE print has a similar holiday vibe, and comes in three colors: Rose-Black, Gunmetal-Black, and Fudge-Black. It is sweatshirting fabric, though, so will drape differently to the version that I made, which was made with Nosh's jersey

This is the only close-up I remembered to get (it was my first time using a tripod, and obviously I need more practice!). And apologies for pulling down on my shirt. I never know what to do with my arms, ha. 



A big thank you to Nosh for sponsoring this gorgeous fabric. Although I was given the fabric, all opinions are of course my own. And if you want to sew your own Kyoto Sweater/Tee, you can find the pattern HERE

Happy Sewing!

10 comments:

  1. I love this top on you Emi. The length is perfect. Is it a mum thing wanting your tees to be a little longer than in our pre-mum life? The ruffle looks perfect with the short sleeve. The fabric looks divine! And also, how is one supposed to be wearing boyfriend jeans?

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    1. Thank you, Jenya! As for your first question, I wonder if it is a mum thing...or maybe it's just a me-thing, haha. And as for the jeans, well, I bought these online, and all I can tell you is how I remember it being styled on the site, which was cuffed and with some cute high heels, I think. Anyway, not the way I am wearing it, ha!

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  2. That's a great t-shirt Emi, I mean Rosebud! :)
    The angle of the ruffle and the sleeve length are nicely balanced.

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    1. Hahaha, thank you, Shelley, for fulfilling my childhood dream of being called Rosebud! And that sleeve - well I was reminded of something interesting about the shape of it after speaking with Mie! I wonder if the angle of the ruffle has something to do with the pointed pattern piece.

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  3. Looooove this soooo much that I have now printed my own Kyoto Pattern. Can't wait. I think I'll have to add some serious length to mine though, as I want it to hit me exactly where it hits you. ;-) And um, instead of taking photos where you are trying to hide your socks...how about just cropping them out afterwards? Just a thought haha. IMO stripy socks are always good though. :-)

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    1. Thank you so, so, so much, Mie!! And THANK YOU for your help and guidance, as always (yes, I think I should remember that there is a cropping tool in the edit mode, hahaha). I have updated the post to mention the sleeve piece, thanks to you! :)

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    1. Thank you for coming over to read this post, Olga! I hope this means you are feeling much better ;)

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  5. Ooh it's pretty on you!! And I'm laughing about Mie's comment about cropping out socks! I don't think long enough shirts and non low waisted jeans were a thing when I was in college/grad school. They definitely don't belong in my closet anymore.

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    1. Thanks, Emily! I'm still laughing about Mie's comment, too. How could I forget that crucial detail?! Next time I'll have to keep that in mind ;)

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