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It’ a Wrap: Knipmode Top

Everybody likes a wrap top, don’t they? I do too – but somehow I never seem to be able to make one that stands the test of time, so I keep trying.
A case in point is this Knipmode top. I was so inspired by my sewing pal Marianne’s birthday dress, that I wanted to try the top version – until Marianne informed me that the dress does in fact not have a top version. I had come across another Knipmode wrap pattern that I had confused with the one Marianne had used. An easy mistake to make, as no issue of Knipmode seems to be without a wrap or two…

As you can see, I’m learning remote controlling the camera via the mobile – this whole photography thing is stressful!

Anyways, I’m really pleased with the wrap portion of the top. The wrap holds its shape well, no gaping and no exposed underwear even on those small of bust. I helped myself a little bit there by adding a binding strip to the neckline. I believe the pattern simply has you turn over and topstich the neckline, but that’s a technique I don’t believe in.

The top has a wrap/knot detail at the waist that looks complicated, but in the end of the day I just followed the instructions and it was fine.

The top does have one problem though that makes it unwearable for me right now: because there is a little bit of tension at the knot and because the “peplum” part is fairly short and consequently not very heavy, the top pulls upwards and both front parts spread open, so much so that my belly button is exposed if I don’t adjust the top constantly. That might be fine to some, but for me this is SO ANNOYING that the top has gone straight to the refashion pile after the first wear. I might have  enough fabric to recut a longer peplum with a larger overlap, but for now I need to gather strength to consider unpicking all the layers of overlocking at the center front.

Having said that, the pattern would be great as a dress, because I suppose the heavier skirt would sort out the issued I was having with the top version. Maybe I’ll get back to the pattern for spring!

None of my posts is complete without one of my “great” modelling shots: there you are!


Knipmode/Fashion Style: The Dressing Gown Wrap Dress

Good heavens – this is one of those projects that really looks a lot better in real life than in those pictures – I promise.


While it seems I got straight out of bed, put on my dressing gown and (strangely) a pair of boots, I actually like wearing this dress. I think it has a Missoni vibe going on and the rayon knit is oh so soft and has just the right weight for a wrap dress.


I used my tried and true Knipmode wrap dress pattern. What I like about it is that there really is no option for any wardrobe malfunctions. The skirt wrap is so generous that it will not undo, even when sitting down speedily, as I am wont to do. And the the bodice will not gape, even on the less well-endowed and needs no adjusting at all.


See – no gaping!!


In the meantime I also had my hair cut, snow has arrived in my part of the world and so everything is in place to march boldly into the new year!

Fashion Style/Knipmode 9/2015: Raglan Bluse x 2


I was going to write a big long post about this! After all I made two blouses, starting off from the same pattern but taking out a LOT of width from model 2. But then life happened and so there’ll only be a few pictures.


This is blouse no 1, from a very thin rayon (that started to pill even after the first wear at the area where I wore a belt to hold in the width of the blouse. SO annoying!)

IMG_2661As you can see it is really quite wide! I cut a size 40, same size I would usually cut in Burda, but I need to get used to the fact that Knipmode cut their patterns more generously. I was inbetween a size 38 and size 40 on their chart, but I think I could have safely gone down to a 38 or even 36.

The original pattern has a straight hem, but I put on a high-low hem. Not completely sure about it, maybe I’ll cut it off. On the other hand, I doubt this fabric will make many washes, so I might as well not bother.


I also lowered the neckline considerably. I do appreciate that high necklines are much more en vogue at the moment, but they make my neck look huge.

IMG_2652And this is version 2 in an “all my favourite colours in the world” rayon. I’m trying the front-tuck here, which I understand is a thing. Not sure if I have quite mastered it just yet 😉


Full tuck here so you can see that I took out about 12cm of width all round compared to no 1.


Still roomy enought, don’t you think?


Constructing the lower collar in a much less drapey solid  stash fabric was a bit of a white knuckle ride. The collar was meant to be cut on the bias, but as the solid was strictly no drape I decided to cut it on grain but to amend the pattern piece by making it curve to lie flat.


Well, that kinda worked… It took a lot of steam and a liberal dose of post-watershed language to make it lie as flat as it does.


All in all, those bloused are fine, but I haven’t really fallen for them. Or maybe it’s me in them. But especially the ivory one has been worn a few times already – it’s great as a layer that goes with everything and is not as same same as my usual knit tops.

The jeans in those photos are my latest iteration of Burdastyle 3/14 #115, which I did again here and here and there are a few unblogged versions. I think I got the front crotch area as right as I can:


The back still needs a little bit of work, but I didn’t quite get there through all my different versions. So rather than flog a dead horse I bought the Ginger pattern by Closet Case – all blogged version look just amazing, so I’ve overcome my PDF fear and hope to be able to report great things asap.

In the meantime, however, I have embarked on a selfless-sewing project of an epic scale. After making a shirt and then another shirt for Child 2 I have now succumbed to his calls for a suit. So I made a boys suit (finished apart from the button holes). And a suit needs shirts to go with it, doesn’t it?! So I made not one, not two but, three shirts. And now I need to make a matching shirt for Child 3, ’cause otherwise that would be unfair. It’s as well that Child 1 is staying abroad this year – helps me to prevent sewing overload.

Three of those shirts are basically finished – apart from  (Guess what?! – Yes, you guessed it!) the buttonholes. So one of these day, before Christmas, I will need to make about 50 button holes and attach the corresponding buttons. Why, oh why, do I decide to go overboard like this???? I don’t think this is the first time I quote my dad on this blog: “Chris never knows when to stop!”

Photos of the finished project will be up hopefully after Christmas.

Oh and then I bought supplies to make another coat, the long lusted after Burdastyle 12/2012 #104. I have fallen for his coat when it first came out but never had the confidence to try it. But if I can make a suit and shirts sweat shop style surely I can make a coat like this?! Please say yes…