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!

The seam is along the "bias", and even though they were cut the same direction, the "nap" shows in some lights.

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.

I used the selvedge as the sleeve edge

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.

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StephC

Stephanie mothers, writes, and teaches sewing in Brisbane, Australia. She blogs about sewing, drafting, vintage style and sustainability at 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World.

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  1. It’s fabulous! That colour is so amazing on you, especially with your red lipstick. I’m so glad I got that right.

    I love that you made something quite casual and normal – though it looks so lovely you could wear it with a long skirt for an elegant ‘Claire Danes does the Oscars’ look too!

  2. Beautiful blue color, deFinately a cozy winter warmer.

  3. This is beautiful. I have really enjoyed all your sew weekly creations and love your blog!

  4. Very elegant – especially with the wide-leg pants. It looks lovely and soft.

  5. Looks lovely, great colour and styling.

  6. Really beautiful– your eyes look so blue! Such an elegant shirt!

  7. Sumptuous! Would look great with the red pants you just made too, though I guess that’s mixing up the seasons. I’m envious of your access to New Zealand merino.

  8. Great color, great top!

  9. Such a lovely color on you!