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Knock off top

In November this Rick Owen top was discussed on Pattern Review.  NancyK brought the top to our attention, and several ladies (I among them) wondered how this was made. First I thougth there was a twist of a kind, but this was not the case.

This is a summary of the points I noticed in this top.

One of the PR members, knows there as Goodworks, drafted an initial idea of how to start to make a pattern for this. Based on that idea I adapted the front of a basic Jalie pattern, and cut it from some leftover fabric and draped it to my dressform. It gets the idea of the original.

That was where I left off, because I had no fabric with enough drape to make it for real.

During the discussion on PR it appeared that there was a pattern for this top published in the Italian magazine Mia Boutique. Marita of the blog Paradise for me made this top from the magazine. She kindly showed the pattern piece, and to my surprise we were not too far off with the idea how to make this.

Below is what I did to the pattern. I'm thinking about making a sort of stay on the inside, to be able to make some hidden stitches to hold the pleats in place. And probably I will skip the long sleeves.

But as said, this project is to be made after my second ling.erie set. These pictures were already made some time ago.


  1. This is a very interesting top.
    Will look forward to seeing your version :)

  2. Hello,

    I am interested to see your version as well. I am usually a lurker, but I have been drawn out to mention that in looking at the photo with all of your points on it, I was trying to figure out how they keep those pleats in line across the bust so nicely. Looking at it in your photo album, it is a bit larger, and I think that they have tacked the upper left bust area to the lower right abdomen area, where you pointed out that the front was pulled up a bit. I am thinking that a small tack, behind the puddle of fabric caused by the pleats is holding it in line. Do you see that?

    I will be watching to see what you come up with. Being a bit on the busty side, I would not consider a top like this for myself, but I am open to the idea that there may be a way to make it work...


  3. It is an interesting top. I never have the knowledge to duplicate these interestingly draped pieces, so I was glad that I put it out there for others to figure out! Looking forward to seeing how it comes out.

  4. Hello Sigrid, I've been stopping by often to see if you have already started with this shirt. In the original shirt from LMB has a stay, but I omitted it since the drape set itself pretty well after you pinch the parts of the shirt together, then the "tightness" that forms from that takes care of the pleats that form and there is not nececcarily any need for sewing them to the stay. The fabric shouldn't bee too heavy, made one from buttermilk that a co-worker just bought and the drape was good, didn't hang badly, it's all in the pinch, you can find the right place by simly trying out different places. HTH,

  5. Fun project. It is interesting to see your pattern.

  6. Your initial trial looks very good to me! Thanks for posting it! I'm still trying to work out what type of fabric might work best, other than synthetics. Would you be willing to exchange actual patterns, should I get to that stage?



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