I found this fabric at Joann's and fell in love with it. 😍 I knew immediately that this was what I wanted to use it for... Well I FINALLY got around to making my new CKC Kenna's!
This pattern is drafted for stretch fabrics. It has a dolman style sleeve (so easy and quick). It is not a fitted top. It has a loose fit, comfortable fit.
You have a few options for your sleeves. You can choose to add a ruffle or a cuff to your sleeve, or you can just hem it. If you want the ruffle or cuff, there is a measurement cut chart included in the pattern.
There are two options for the front bodice. You can sew Kenna's with the knot in the center front, or you can make it with the knot more to one side. There are actually two separate front bodice pieces included in this pattern, and a print chart, so that it is easy to print only the pages you need!
You will find three different cut lines for height for your bodice pieces. You have the option of sewing this for petite, average, or tall. So hopefully, you won't have to make any adjustments for height! Shannon has done that for you! 😉
The bottom of the shirt can be finished using two different methods. There are instructions included for if you want to hem everything (the front, back, ties for knot pieces), and there are instructions for hemming the back only and lining the bottom front of the shirt.
I made myself a size small based on my bust measurement. Since the pattern is loose around the waist, I feel like the bust measurement would be the most important when choosing a size for this pattern. I like the fit. My top is cut for average height. I am about 5'5" tall. I felt like the length of this top is perfect for me. It hits right at about my high hip.
I decided to hem my sleeves, although, I really love the way that ruffle looks! 😍 Maybe I will try that next time! I used the center front knot, and chose to line the bottom front of my shirt. I felt like lining the bottom front would be easier (and look neater) than trying to hem the knot ties. The lining was easy to do! You can optionally topstitch the bottom front, and I did choose to do this because it helps the tie pieces to lay more nicely and, in my opinion, it looks more professional.
As I mentioned, this fabric came from Joann's Fabric. I was REALLY happy recently when I discovered that my local Joann's now carries Double Brushed Poly! They didn't have many choices, but they did have a few. I'm hopeful for more in the future. This was a DBP, and I really love it!!
Overview of This Pattern:
- three options for finishing sleeves (hem, cuff, or ruffle)
- two knot options (center front or over to one side)
- two options for finishing bottom front (lining or hem)
- three different bodice cut lines (petite, average, or tall)
- easy dolman style
- quick sew!
- photo instructions
- available here
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