The “Merino Kimono” Wrap Top
The Facts: “Merino Kimono” Wrap Top
Fabric: Firm(ish), medium weight New Zealand merino
Pattern: Advance 7701 ; altered for knits
Year: mid 1950’s
Notions: Fusible stay tape
Time to complete: 1 hour, if that
First worn: January 28, 2012
Wear again? I am sure I will, once the weather cools down!
Total price: Free; the fabric was a gift from The Dreamstress when she visited Brisbane last year.
I live “Down Under” and the opposite season right now is winter, or as I like to call it, which is more chilly than cold. I planned to make this top come April or May, but Sew Weekly bumped it up the queue!
I made this top in cotton knit last month, to see if the vintage pattern designed for a woven fabric would translate well into knits. It does! I took out most of the darts on the first version and for this one I eliminated the horizontal bust dart.
I think I need that dart. The finished top feels beautiful to wear- I’m sure I’ll never want to take it off in the chilly winter weather. I used the selvedges as hems on the sleeves. They’re so firm and elastic, I think it will work for sleeve edging. I like that it’s bracelet length- that means I can wear it at home, too.
Come winter, I believe I must make several of these in my favorite colors. The pattern is four pieces and whips together in about an hour. I used a regular t-shirt style binding around the neck and front edge, and left the tie edges raw. They won’t fray. When I stress-tested the cut edges they didn’t curl badly, either, so I left them.