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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!


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…

Fashion Style/Knipmode 6/2015: I made another Jumpsuit…

Well, what can I say?! A lot of radio silence from me over the last few weeks – somehow, summer makes me partly stressed out (that would be July, we only finish school on 31 July, so this month with all the end of year activities in my school + the end of year activities for 3 kids keeps me really busy) and partly chilled into a stupor (that would be August where I take weeks to recover from said end of year activities).
But of course you didn’t come here to listen to blabla about my life – or maybe you did, considering all I have to show you is ANOTHER jumpsuit?!

Let’s try from a distance so you can get used to the idea:


If you think you have seen these kinds of pictures before it only serves to remind you that another year has passed. The photoshoot of our local festivies from last year is here (including me in a Dirndl, if you fancy a bit of the old Sound of Music vibe).

You still with me? OK then, let’s get a bit closer:


This is the playsuit version of the title model of Fashion Style/Knipmode 6/2015. I was working on a stash busting project, and because I had only 2 metres of 115cm width cotton I decided to make a playsuit rather than a full length jumpsuit. I also took out quite a lot of width from the top as I was using a quilting cotton rather than the rayon the pattern suggests. For a mid-weigth cotton the fullness would have been just too much.


The pattern has you close the bow at the back of the neck, but I found easy access from the front a much better idea. Plus I’m trying to convince myself that the bow across the collar bone is a fun and flirty idea.


It is very light and breezy which has been useful during the last few weeks which have been the hottest on record ever. I tell you, I keep complaining I want a proper summer, but when it comes to weeks of temperatures of 35 degrees + I just want it to stop. I guess I’m just not made from the right stuff after all.

Well, not much more to be said about this. I actually made two more jumpsuits which I don’t have pictures for just yet – the heat!!! But I will be going to Florida very shortly, so maybe I get a chance to have some tropical pictures taken. I guess not a lot of fabric shopping will take place there, the present course of the dollar vs. the Euro takes the fun out of that, I guess.

So have a very nice rest of the summer (with or without jumpsuits ;-)! )  and I’ll be back with more regular service once we are back to school by mid-September. But let me walk into the sunset first:


Knipmode/Burdastyle 4/2015 # 103 Combo: Almost a Jumpsuit #jumpingintojune

Look what’s landed:


Yes, you see correctly: almost a jumpsuit! I got so inspired by #jumpingintojune that I decided to make a matching set of trousers and top to recreate the look of a jumpsuit while preserving the versatility and ease of bathroom access of separates. On the minus side I do get to flash some tummy while jumping. But I seem to jump a lot more rarely in real life than this blog suggests so I’m fine with that.


So there I am in my natural habitat, outside the Gasthaus Wilder Man (the Inn called “Wild Man”) – tbh, I’ve never been inside inspite of having lived here for 15 years, but the ice cream parlour is just opposite :-).


I used some emerald green rayon crepe which I completely fell in love with. At first I thought it contained some portion of poly because it really is quite thick and doesn’t crease all that much, but  burn test confirmed that indeed it just seems to be rayon. It comes in coral too – I can see a bout of late night fabric shopping coming on…

IMG_1733 Like my Aviator jumpsuit this is fully versatile: Suitable for turning round

IMG_1735and walking! I’ve made some jaunty turnups for the legs when wearing it with flats, but it could also be worn with heels.


The trousers pattern is from Kniipmode, a Dutch sewing magazine. I can just about work out the instructions although I don’t speak any Dutch at all, but it seems to be similar enough to both English and German for me to work it out. Plus, on a woven tracksuit pattern there really isn’t any great challenge of how to make these up. The top is my new favourite Burda woven top, 4/2015 # 103. This is my third version, version one, without the hem band is here.

What I like about it is the arm scythe:

IMG_1737It’s breezy and flowy but still offers full coverage, at least on the less well endowed. Both armhole and neckline are finished with bias tape, so this isn’t the fastest make, but while it takes a little bit of time it is not a complicated sew.

IMG_1739As you can see I had my hair cut, much to the chagrain of my colleagues who much preferred it longer. I seem to get a short hair flash every year summer starts – I had it cut the same length (though a slightly different colour) the same time last year.


My husband forced my to take off my sun glasses, aka No Makeup Protection, once in the icecream parlour. At least I contrast coloured my drinks! All in the name of fashion, ey?!

If you haven’t got thirsty by now, go and have a look at the wonderful jumpsuit creations that Jumping into June has generated.
And if you’ve gone thirsty, go have a drink and then have a look at the wonderful jumpsuit creations that Jumping into June has generated.

Happy June to all of you!