Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Stars and Stripes

Nothing looks neater and better finished than a garment whose stripes match up. I had a bit of red and white striped cotton jersey remaining from my foray into T-shirt drafting and quickly knocked up another kimono wrap top, designed by Stephanie of Three Hours Past... this is actually my fifth one. I love it so much - it's easy to sew and easy to wear. In previous versions I've left off the centre back seam for speed but with this one I kept it in just so that I could get a chevron spine.
You can't match up stripes in every direction and at every seam - this is one of the wraps, but no one will see that as it will be tied around my waist.

Look at the patterns the stripes make as they wrap around - oh dizzying! On the left - tied at the back and on the right wrapped all the way around and tied in front.

And here's some super stars who took the time and matched their stripes too:

Mujerboricua with her ginger skirt chevrons

Frankie's dress

Thanks for reading. Ruth


  1. I love your wrap top, I think you've convinced me I really have to have one too!!
    Your stripe matching is immaculate and I love the chevron spine!

  2. I was absorbed in your amazing striped pics, scrolling down, and then AH! I know THAT back fat! ;) What a fabulous job you did on that top! LOVE LOVE.

  3. The stripes look perfect in the back. This post inspires me! It looks fun to play with stripes. I'm impressed by everyone's work.

  4. great looking top Ruth - entertaining post again

  5. The credit really goes to the "stars" who did so much more than I. Thanks everyone - always appreciated.

  6. Oh, I love your striped top! both front and back are gorgeous. What a fantastic job you did matching that back, worth every minute you spent on it. Great visual impact, I think it is because the stripes are steeper than the more common 45angle you see in most garments. Just beautiful.

  7. AnonymousMay 05, 2012

    Perfect top! Love the whole thing- especially the matching stripes.