Tribute Month is finally here!!! It’s been a lot of work getting the Sewcialists blog up and running, but I’m so thrilled with the awesome team of volunteers who are making this theme month happen.
I’ve got a few projects planned for Tribute Month, and I decided to start with the easiest: Meg from Cookin’ and Craftin’! Easy because of the patterns I used, but also because Meg’s style is close to my own, and while I think this is something she’d wear, it’s also very much something that feels like me!
Remember my plan/inspiration?
Happily, it came together just as I imagined! (Unlike the other Tribute Project I’ve made, which had to be ripped apart and resized!)
Meg is a prolific blogger and Curvy Sewing Collective Editor who often tests new patterns and sews a little bit of everything: jeans! jumpsuits! boxy linen cocoon dresses! interesting knit tops! cute dresses in bold prints! Meg and I have similar proportions (though she is taller and slimmer) so I always check to see how a pattern looks on her before sewing it for me. Thank you, Meg, for all the inspiration over the years!
For my tribute to Meg, I chose this iridescent textured polyester which was just begging to become a floaty kimono jacket. I love how the fabric reads as almost a solid from afar, but also has some sparkle and colour to keep it fun. It was surprisingly easy to sew with. Unfortunately, because of all the poly, it’s not as breezy as I imagined it would be… but that just means I can wear it into the cooler weather of autumn!
Can you guess the pattern! It’s one that Meg and I both tested – the Suki Kimono by Helen’s Closet! I looked at lots of tutorials online for kimono-style toppers, but after 5 years in Japan I have turned into enough of a purest that my heart insisted on proper set-in sleeves and separate neckband!
My alterations to the pattern were simple, though they might sound complicated as I write them out. I basically did the same thing as Helen described in her excellent tutorial on Monday!
- narrow the front by cutting off the inset band and some of the overlap (I just freehanded a gentle curve)
- round the bottom hem for a high-low effect
- attach a longer front band at the neckline
- eliminate the ties and pockets
I’m really pleased with how it fits!
I wanted the kimono to be the star, so I decided it was finally time to sew a plain white shirt! I’d just been eyeing Sweet KM’s chic white tee, so I used the same pattern as she did: The free Blanc tee from Blank Slate Patterns! (Because what could be more Meg than trying new-to-me pattern companies?) Mine is a white bamboo jersey that I bought and immediately regretted: who wants slightly-sheer white fabric that shows every bump underneath?
In my efforts to make it wearable, I cut a larger size, and well.. it kind of works? Definitely wearable for layering! I have to give a shout-out to Emerald Erin, who has convinced me that a red bra is invisible under a white shirt – and somehow, she is right! I’m wearing a bra made from the same red fabric as her’s here, and I think it works!
(Why yes, I have referenced THREE BLOGGERS in my tribute to just one! I really love the sewing community!)
What I love about theme months is the extra motivation to actually sew the projects I have floating around my head. I’m glad that this fabric didn’t linger in my stash, and I’ve got a fun and wearable project out of it! Thanks so much to Meg for letting me channel her style!
We got a bunch of awesome Sewcialists posting their finished projects for Tribute Month on the Sewcialists blog all month, so please go check them out!