Friday, 6 January 2012

McQueen Kimono Top Final

Finished version of the Alexander McQueen Kimono top found here. Striped twill fabric from Lida Baday. Composition: 60% polyester, 40% silk. 160cm wide; 1.7 metres used, 0.7 of a metre just for sleeves.

Progress pics of front sections. Flounce added to front for improved fit.

Front and back finished and collar applied. Very happy with the sleeveless look. Figuring it would take about one metre of 160cm wide fabric to make again. Shot of inside. Black fabric on inside is interfacing. All raw edges are serged out of laziness. Probably should have been bias bound. 

Finished top with sleeves in natural light. Very happy with results. In the end, it wasn't too difficult to finish. It was important to read the instructions and make notes on the pattern pieces. Trials in muslin are necessary to teach oneself how to understand the pattern. It was a personal choice to omit a step or two, and the instructions do not appear to be 100% complete. Definitely going to make this again though.
Thought a lot about McQueen while making this. Is it part of the mourning process? Thought: the world doesn't get to experience anything new from the man. It's over. Everything he had to offer is already out there. That said, his work is for the wealthy few. Take what you can and keep learning and pushing forward.


  1. Hey! I just came across this blog post after deciding to attempt this top for a second time (first time back in 2008 I was stumped and gave up after cutting the paper pattern out!). Yours looks beautiful ♥ How much seam allowance did you use? I've seen others using 1cm. Also, what sort of size does the original pattern come up at?
    Thanks! :)

    1. 3/8" seam allowance // approx size US 6

      Thanks for the comments, don't give up!

  2. Your version is gorgeous! I hope to try this one someday when I'm up to the challenge (!)
    Very glad to have found your blog. Don't you wish there were Rick Owens patterns?

    - Sarah

    1. DIE for Rick Owens patterns! This could sort of be one if you got some leather and a luxe knit...

  3. I would love to add your blog to my Blogline list but Blogger won't let me/can't find you. I'll try to remember to check back now and again.