Thursday, 12 April 2018

Review Knipmode May 2018

Bamm! Another 25 sewing patterns and 1 knitting pattern just landed on my doormat. I can hardly keep up writing these reviews, let alone keep up with the sewing! Although Knipmode made the latter easier by producing a few boring issues in a row. Let's see what this magazine brings.

Pattern overview Knipmode May 2018

For a mid- to late spring collection again a lot of long sleeves. And just like last month, many drawstrings and belts to suggest shape in otherwise shapeless patterns. But the overall vibe is certainly less depressing and a wider range of colours, prints and shapes makes this edition definitely more interesting than its predecessor.

Dress 7, Jacket 1 and pants 3, tunic 15 (a long shirt with attached wrap)

Three versions of the same easy pattern, (22, 21 and 20) 
Quite different looks and styles. I like how the belts completely hide the elasticized waists.

Dress 23

May's designer dress is a flowy knit dress with piping along the yokes and belt.

Coat 17, culottes 10, maxi dress 8

I hope I'm not offending anyone with plans to sew is this yellow coat, but it's a strong contender for the 'Monstrosity of the Month' title. Please prove me wrong!

Coat 17, jacket 18, pants 4

Nope. Not getting any better in close-up, and imagine how long it takes to dry after a spring shower with all those pleats! It does look much better as a short jacket. It's not just the shorter length that improves the proportions. The neckline and cuffed sleeves also create a more polished look that goes  well will the slim capri pants.

Skirt 19

I had to blink a few times when I first noticed the plaid skirt. Really, Knipmode? 'Let's turn the bottom part of that yellow coat into a skirt! It would be a shame to only use those awesome pockets once!' But okay, if you're into the style I can see how it works in satin with a good drape.

Four versions of blouse 24

From crispy white cotton to drapey olive green rayon, these pictures highlight the effect of the fabric on the overall look. A nice and versatile shirt pattern. I'll put this on my to-sew list to compare this to the M6436 shirt I posted last week. I like the slimmer sleeves and it's interesting to see if my usual FBA ends up with a less gigantic dart.

Dress 5

Interesting seam lines! Six darts in the bodice, four in the skirt and one in the sleeve cap. Nice!

Dress 6

Same bodice with a pleated skirt in a lovely mix of fabrics. The pleating looks different from the line drawing, check the unfortunate placement of that pleat on top of the models hip! 

Well, overall not an earth shaking collection, but at least a few patterns that I consider making.

And now for the latest Knipmode news: remember how back in January the editors announced changing the pattern nomenclature from unique number code to female names? And we wondered how long this silliness would last? Now we know: four months. Back to numbers it is.

In other news, chief editor Peggy Weyergang will retire in July. It will be interesting to see whether the new editor has a background in fashion, publishing or marketing and whether or not she/he has affinity with sewing. More on that later when the new chief editor is announced.

Disclaimer: this review contains no affiliate links. I paid for my copy and all opinions are my own. All patterns are available as PDF over at the Knipmode shop  Photocredits: Knipmode.


  1. The dress with all the darts looks interesting. My favourite thing about the post, though, is your 🌷 tulips.

  2. oh my god, I thought it was just me. I also had to blink a few times at the yellow jacket and plaid skirt. What were they thinking!! I'm so disappointed in Knipmode lately. Looks like they are recycling patterns from the eighties.

    1. That's an insult to the eighties!! If only Knipmode would have the same standards as they did back then. It's like lately every pattern has to be 'quick and easy' and comes from the same cookie cutter. O well, at least the yellow coat is, ehmmm, different? ;)

  3. I like dress 7 which is very similar to other dresses I have seen online but this one has a respectable neckline. The plaid skirt is rather out there!!

    1. It's a nice looking dress indeed. I'm not so sure about the neckline though, with my cup size even respectable necklines can end up looking indecent. Maybe I'll try this one in a cotton jersey for sleepwear first.

  4. I wasn’t too impressed by this issue either. The maxi dress looks nice but midriff panels don’t look good on me. The Janice dress looks fun. Also, I bought that fabric with all the coloured triangels after seeing it in the magazine. It will be perfect for a swishy summer skirt!

    1. That fabric is awesome! Graphic and colorful, absolutely perfect for a summer skirt!

  5. I always enjoy your Knipmode reviews. Had a laugh about them dropping the naming of the patterns. I've dropped my subscription because the patterns were a little repetitive and 3 issues went missing. Please keep us informed on the new editor. I'm crossing my fingers that the new editor will bring in some positive changes.