I started following Paper Theory Patterns on Instagram after seeing a sneak peek of Tara’s first pattern the Kabuki Tee. The pattern was released in September 2017, and I watched over the coming months as Kylie, Rosie (modified to a jumper), Kate (lengthened to a dress) and Style of Constructing (with long sleeves) sewed awesome versions.
I loved both the style and the design lines of the Kabuki Tee, but I had concerns. Do you ever get the pre-project jitters?
Thankfully, a carefree summer holiday attitude and a large scrap of blue linen (left over from this dress) got me started. Spolier alert, it was a dream sew!
Doubt 1 : Where would the front sleeve point sit on my bust?
Answer : In a perfectly fine position above the apex of my bust.
Doubt 2 : Would I need a forward shoulder adjustment, and if yes, how the heck would I do it?
Answer (via the pattern designer) : The pattern is drafted from a standard kimono sleeve block which has a 3/8″ (1cm) forward should build into it… music to my ears!
Doubt 3 : I had read that the sleeve insertion was tricky
Answer : After reading Paper Theory’s step-by-step blog post I realised it was the same technique I learned when making this bag several years ago. Happy days!
Doubt 4 : Sizing
Answer : The sizing is generous and you really need to consult both the body measurement and finished garment tables and understand the amount of ease you prefer in a boxy top. My bust sat between a size 10 and 12 and my hips between an 8 and 10. I sewed the size 8 and the fit is perfect for me. By taking a smaller hem allowance, I have effectively lengthened this top by 1″ (2.5cm).
So my verdict… those pre-project jitters were all totally unfounded. I love this pattern and I already have another linen version cut out and ready to sew. The real question is… how many iterations of this pattern will end up in my wardrobe?
Pattern: Paper Theory’s Kabuki Tee
Fabric: Lithuanian linen from The Drapery (leftover from another project)
Alterations: By taking a smaller hem allowance, this version is 1″ (2.5cm) longer than drafted
Outfit: Me-made Reef Shorts, Jenny Kee silk scarf and as-new second-hand Funkis shoes
Photo Location: Treasury Hotel, Brisbane