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The Paper Theory Kabuki tee

This fun T-shirt has been on my sewing radar for a little while and I finally got round to making one!

The Kabuki Tee from Paper Theory is a oversized woven T-shirt with angled set in sleeves which make for an interesting take on an everyday basic.

I fell in love with the pattern after seeing Rosie’s (of DIY Couture fame) version where she made it into a sweater!

I decided to change it up in my own way and used a sheer lilac fabric to make it!

This is a piece from the stash that I’d been saving for a rainy day. I got it from The Textile Centre whilst it was still open in Walthamstow (it closed well over a year ago so that gives you an idea of how long I’ve had it!). The fabric is really unique – it has a sheer chiffon back with densely woven geometric shaped patterns all over it. I would call it a devoré type fabric in terms of appearance but it’s definitely not that. It’s a mystery!

So back to the Kabuki tee…

It’s a really simple boxy shape and sewing up was really quick!

The only somewhat tricky part is setting in the sleeve as there’s a big right angle to sew. Luckily the pattern is really well drafted and notched making it easy to match up all the sides!

I finished all the internal seams on my overlocker and topstitched over those angled seams.

My hope with this tee was that the overlocked seam would be visible under the sheer fabric and that would emphasise the design details!

I don’t really think it did what I intended as it doesn’t stand out as much as I expected. It still looks and fits well though so I think I’ll be trying it again and maybe do some colour blocking this time!

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