Friday 15 April 2016

Knipmode May 2016 and bonus tall/petite special

Just a quick post for those of you interested in a review of Knipmode magazine. Style wise it's not the most coherent issue of the year, for me the best part is the special. More on that later.

Hmmm. As much as I like Van Gogh, I think we've seen too many of these artsy panels on overly simplified elastic waist skirts. Blue dress #8 has interesting seam lines though.

Did I miss an 80s urban safari revival? 

What? Someone stole my 1985 wardrobe, I swear! I made that blue dress back then and even styled it with the exact same hat, coiffure and shoes. Those trousers, teal skirt and floral tops were in my 80s closet as well. It's like looking at my personal pattern archive! Well, perhaps a new generation will be attracted to this style once again.

Pattern overview Knipmode 5/2016

Jacket #1 is looking interesting, but what on earth is going on at the back?

By special request of Knipmode subscribers another asymmetric collection is included. The chocolate brown skirt above looks nice, but I'm not thrilled about these dresses:

For the time being I don't see anything in this issue that will make it's way into my sewing queue, and that's okay. The queue is long enough as it is and the sneak peek of next month's Knipmode  is inspiring!

I know some of you have been waiting impatiently for the bonus special, which has patterns for a capsule wardrobe drafted for 1.60 - 1.72 -1.84 cm height. The rather classic collection contains a jacket, pants, a blouse with two sleeve options, a dress in two views and a skirt. All patterns are available in European sizes 34 t/m 54.

The black and white collection is modelled in size 36, in the second part of the special the same patterns are modelled in size 46.

According to this pattern overview the patterns of the jacket and the dresses will be available as pdf, but they're not yet showing up in the pattern shop. (
If you want to order the magazine + special:

Happy weekend, and succesful sewing!

Disclaimer: this review contains no affiliate links. I paid for my copy and all opinions are my own.


  1. I'm both tall and plus sized but I rather like the look of the collection.

    1. I like the collection in the special, all garments go together well and look good on a variety of sizes. The regular issue wasn't very exciting in my eyes, I hope it makes other sewists happy!

  2. I'm both tall and plus sized but I rather like the look of the collection.

  3. I agree that this wasn't the most exciting edition. I do like the shift dress in the main issue and dress 106. I thought it faintly amusing that the skirt 107 is almost identical to the new Colette pattern. The dress pattern in the collection is just lovely, though. I can see that making it's way into my wardrobe at some point!

  4. Thanks for the review! Now, when I've seen all the patterns, I am not sure to buy this issue, since I already own many simialar patterns. I should rather work away on my sewing list :)