I found this beauty while sifting through the Vintage Pattern Wiki. If you’d like to visit a pattern’s wiki page, click the image. At the moment, I’m working out the details for a simple knit top with kimono sleeves pattern. I may trot out several “test subjects” as I play with this idea over the next couple of weeks, and I’m open to ideas.
I’m amazed at the variations on a simple extended sleeve treatment. It’s one of my favorites, and it’s quick to sew.
it seems many vintage casual or “utility” type garments feature this type of sleeve. You can reach and bend without binding your arms, and underwear remains private. Women without air conditioners perspire, at times freely. I hate the feeling of fabric sticking to my underarms in the summer. Yuck.
I always get distracted wondering how to render a vintage woven pattern in a knit fabric. Omit the front closure, shape the side seams further and remove the darts. It would have comfy cut-on sleeves and a pretty scarf. Or it might turn out dreadful. Who knows until you try?
I actually have a Burda top like this made from bamboo knit. This would be so quick to throw together, perhaps 5 pattern pieces for the top. Would 4 work?
I can’t possibly find every great kimono sleeve out there, have a look through the 280-odd pages in the Kimono Sleeve section of the Wiki.
Once I fine-tune a basic knit pattern for this type of shirt, I want to try out more of these ideas… I spent all day yesterday cutting up pieces of t-shirt fabric and stitching them together. 4 shirts later (the fabric was meant for rags anyway) I think I might be on to something! If so, I’d love to share the final pattern through the blog.
Before I can do that, I need a little help from you. Let me know what you look for in a “go-to” knit top pattern- a TNT. I’d also be interested to hear what kind of fit issues you routinely deal with (or don’t and they drive you nuts).