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Kimono wrap dress
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Date: 9/11/06 3:40 PM

I saw theKara Janx famous wrap dress. It is a beauty, but at 210 USD, it is beyond my consideration. This seems easy enough to make up. It uses matte jersey. I defer to you ladies for a similar pattern.

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Date: 9/12/06 10:21 AM

Have you found a pattern yet? I thought Vogue 7931 looked adaptable. Replace the collar with a contrast band and add the super long ties. HTH.

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Date: 9/12/06 11:39 AM

Hmmm, maybe. I don't know. I thought this would be a very popular topic as everyone here seems to love PR. I think the dress is lovely, I was kinda hoping someone else had adapted it.

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Date: 9/12/06 4:49 PM

The sleeves look like there cut in ... I would suggest starting with New Look 6149 New Look 6149, cutting in a band and adding a skirt ... sounds like a lot of modification, but I haven't seen another wrap top with cut in sleeves.

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Date: 9/13/06 0:52 AM

The Kara Janx dress looks to me like the sleeves are not cut seperately, but are seamed top and bottom and cut one piece as part of the front and the other half of the sleeve cut as part of the back - is there an official name for this type of sleeve? The jacket for Simplicity 4779 reminds me of the cut of this dress if you extended it down to the calf and added the contrasting band and sewed in the belt at the sides. Simplicity 4779

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Date: 9/13/06 11:59 AM

I like this dress too. I am I the only one reminded of the Duro dress?

I have been thinking about making this one. Since she calls it a kimono dress that is where I decided to start. I would use Simplity 4193 I think the jacket is the right shape.

I suspect you would have to cut a size or two smaller to make it into a dress. I would extend the coat to dress length. Add hidden closures under the band to keep it closed easier. And maybe some fish eye darts in the back at the waist line to cut down on the bulk. For the belt I would cut the existing belt wider and make it long enough to wrap twice with room to tie.

And I might want to make the bands wider. I think it would take some playing to get it right. But it would be fun to try.

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Date: 9/13/06 1:41 PM

McCall 517 is close. It is not made for stretch jersey, and it doesn't have the kimon sleeves, but it does have the kimono styling. I think you get a much better idea of the dress from the line drawings. There is also 4007 but it isn't as fitted.

Does anybody remember that Vogue kimono-esque wrap dress that was out a few years ago? I think there were a couple of reviews of it here, but I can't remember the numer. You could probably still find it on ebay. This OOP Vogue 7820 is similar to the one that I am thinking of, but it is a mock wrap instead of a full wrap.

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Date: 9/13/06 4:01 PM

I have a Burdo WOF somewhere from a few years ago that has a dress like this except it doesn't have the collar and the continuation of the green down the front. It's not a wrap dress, but it could be made to look like one with the cosmetic addition of a satin collar and band continuing down the front plust a tie at the waist. It was made of black knit fabric with a black satin waist portion...why can't I think of the proper term...the part between the waist and just under the bust area and all the way around the back. Peplum? Anyway, it has the same shape, even to the sleeves.

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Date: 9/13/06 11:39 PM

OK, not to rain on the parade...but I don't know if any of those patterns would be quite right.

I have a picture of this dress, with four models wearing it in different colors. There is one girl wearing it over a white camisole and jeans, and she has it mostly untied, so you can kind of see the mechanics of it. It doesn't seem to be an actual "wrap" dress, where the bodice neckline runs from the shoulder to the side seam and has ties attached to the "point" at the waist. It actually looks like a big cardigan, where the front opening is cut fairly straight from neck to hem and the ties are attached at the side seams. Of course, this seems a bit problematic, as I can't imagine it stays closed throughout the day.

I found the image on a Google Image search for "Kara Janx kimono dress" or some configuration of those words. I wish I was more technically inclined and I could post it!

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Date: 9/14/06 0:36 AM

The picture you are thinking of can be seen here. However, I think that it only looks like it is straight because it is basically untied. There are other images on Kara's site that give this impression, but as you can see here it can be worn more conservatively like a traditional wrap dress.

The Vogue pattern I was thinking of is 7748. There's only one review of it here on PR, and I could not find a current listing on ebay, but you can see a picture of it at this closed auction. But I also think that Kwik Sew 3408 is darn close, if you are willing to sacrifice the kimono sleeves. All you'd have to add would be a 2-3 inch wide contrasting band down the front edges and a really long belt. The Kwik Sew is also for knits, so that's a big plus.

Or if you can be patient I'm sure that knock offs will ensue, either as completed dresses or as sewing patterns!

-- Edited on 9/14/06 0:38 AM --

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