Sunday, December 27, 2009

Issey Miyake Top

As long as the serger and sewing machine were threaded with black thread, I made a wearable muslin of Vogue 2572 out of a cheap synthetic sweater knit I picked up at SAS Fabrics.  Now that I know how much I love this pattern, I want to remake it in nicer fabric.  Perhaps a wool doubleknit with ultrasuede collar and front bands?

There was no way I was going to attempt to make buttonholes in the sweater knit, so I used a quilting cotton for the front bands and collar. I cut the collar on the bias so that it would roll nicely. (I wish I had remembered the trim the bottom side of the collar slightly.)

I used a plain mitered top-stitched hem instead of the bands.  Omission of the bands shortened the back slightly.  I added length to the front side to allow room for the hem.

Here's what the Issey Miyake top looks like on the model.  Notice how happy she looks?  And her comfy shoes?  I don't think that is an accident.

Here's the back of the pattern envelope so you can see the back view.

The construction is so interesting, I scanned in the first page of the instructions so you can see the pattern shapes.  The front and back is essentially a rectangle with cutouts for sleeve and collar insertion.

Anyway, here's the front view

and the back view.

The full pattern review is here. More pictures with closeups of the mitered hem are on Flickr.


  1. I really like this. What a cool top!

  2. The model doesn't do this top justice. I really love your version. This is the nicest wearable muslin I've seen. lol. Can't wait to see the next version.

  3. This is a fabulous pattern and your "muslin" is beautiful. Most definitely something I would wear, so thanks for the heads up.

  4. Nice work! I agree Miyake has done some fantastic Vogue patterns, although despite the current popularity for oversized 80's inspired fashions I still find some of his roomier designs hard to wear.
    It's great to read about how you modified the pattern too- I read your review on Sewing Patterns- thanks for sharing so much info! I'll have to try that facing trick some time.

  5. I love this top and enjoyed reading about how you modified the pattern. I made this years ago, and it would probably still fit if I still had it. I either wore it to death or spilled something terrible on it.

    Perhaps I should revisit some of those old patterns.

  6. I'm compiling a list of Miyake pattern info, saw your review on PR, came to your blog and Hey, it's you! Hi!
    Small world! This pattern is a duplicate of 2128 (how long have I been staring at these pattern covers and not realizing this? D'oh!). Yours is really schweet!
    Your pal, Ernie K Designs


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