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StephC's Kimono Wrap Top Cardi

Added Apr 21, 2012

by nessys

Adelaide, Australia






This is Stephanie’s of http://3hourspast.com “Kimono Wrap Top”.

Stephanie says of this cardi that it " uses 1.7m (1 3/4 yd) of medium weight knit fabric and modern sewing techniques. It’s a heavily adapted version of Advance 7701 from the 50′s. I like how quickly the pieces go together, and the fact that it’s easy to wear without but feminine and pretty."

This is all very true and the pattern is available for download from Craftsy -


This was made from what I think an acrylic knit I found at my one and only “garment district” shop. It was a difficult knit to work with (so fine and kept on threatening to “run” – like with tights/nylons). The pattern was really easy to use and follow and Steph is very helpful and her site is really fab. I didn’t use my over locker as I didn’t have matching thread – this pink is a little unusual. The pattern says you don’t need to finish raw edges but with this knit I felt if I didn’t it would just melt away so I did a narrow hem on those edges. It is very comfortable and I love the fifties feel with the kimono sleeves.

Material Notes

Well originally I thought it was wool but I did a “burn” test and now I think might be an acrylic knit. Very light weight. I call it “random knit”!




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage



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    May 2, 2012, 07.00 AMby olystyrene

    Beautiful work, Nessy! This cardi definitely has a 50’s feel to it, which suits you very much! Love those perfect hems! You’re a brave lady for the fabric choice, that sort of knit scares the pants off me!

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      May 28, 2012, 03.12 AMby nessys

      Thank you my Dear! I think you should replace “brave” with “naive” or maybe just plain crazy! Shame I will now have to wait 6 or so months before I can wear it – it is now far too cold for this to get an outing! xx

  • Birdie2_large

    Apr 24, 2012, 07.41 PMby littlewren

    oooo! I love a good wrap top. throw in the kimono sleeves and I’m smitten! color looks great on you! think i might just have to try one of my own once my life with new baby gives me the time!!!


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    • Me_pecks_large

      May 28, 2012, 03.10 AMby nessys

      Thanks Darl! Fab news re new baby huge CONGRATS! Hope all is going well for you and your ""littler"-littlewren"! xxx

  • Cali_large

    Apr 23, 2012, 07.37 PMby threadsquare

    Ooh, I really like it! Absolutely love the color, fit and how slinky it is. It’s so difficult to find nice, breezy summery knits like that. My serger threads are rarely spot on :)

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    • Me_pecks_large

      Apr 24, 2012, 12.58 AMby nessys

      Thanks Honey. I am actually a little worried about HOW sheer it is!! I am sure it will work with the cami I’m wearing above. I wouldn’t have worried so much about the serger threads not matching exactly usually but with this you would see them on tie ends. It is at least resassuring that my OCD has SOME limits! ;) xxxx

  • Redwhitefestive_large

    Apr 21, 2012, 04.27 PMby heatherrique

    Very attractive top in a lovely color!

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    • Me_pecks_large

      Apr 24, 2012, 12.56 AMby nessys

      Thank you for your lovely comment!

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    Apr 21, 2012, 02.31 PMby elisana

    Very pretty Nessy! Romantic indeed, and that material, although tricky to work with, looks perfect for your wrap cardi – well done! Thanks for the link, too.

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    • Me_pecks_large

      Apr 24, 2012, 12.55 AMby nessys

      Thanks Darl – if you make one I would love to see it!

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