Cropped Raglan Top

A while back, I wanted a raglan-sleeved pullover with a short front hem. For the longest time, I pondered on how to do this. I wanted to knit the sweater top down, starting from the collar. Achieving a cropped hi-lo -hem seemed almost impossible.

Until I woke up in the middle of the night having figured it out. The solution was relatively simple after all.

I knit the original sweater in a week, and its stockinette companion in just few days. These two styles are combined in a single knitting pattern.

A short front hem curves upward

The Cropped Raglan Top is worked in k2,p2 -rib all the way. It has a high collar that can be turned down or sewn to a turtleneck shape, and faux button lists on the raglan seams. This style is seamless, and worked in the round from top to hem to cuff. What makes the Cropped Raglan Top unique, is the shape of the hem. Short in the front, longer in the back.

In the back, the hem curves downward

The hem can be knit longer, or left at this shrug-like length. A narrow-hipped knitter can even turn this style to a dress!

The original pattern comes with two styles: the ribbed one, and a short-sleeved version knit in stockinette.

The original Cropped Raglan Top can also be knit in stockinette

A little bit later, the original gained a sister. I turned the style into a Cabled Raglan Top. The idea is the same: a top down raglan top with a short hi-lo -hem. Only this one has a low collar and a cable design on the sleeves.

Cable design on Cabled Raglan Top

This altered version combines stockinette to rib to cable. Worked with relatively large needles, both styles are quick to knit. With elegant details, they’re a joy to make and a pleasure to wear.

Cables run down both sleeves, giving them a detailed look

I hope you’ll enjoy both the Cropped Raglan Top and the Cabled Raglan Top knitting patterns!

Until next Wednesday.



Cabled Raglan Top

DeathRock Bustier

I love wearing corsets as much as the next girl, but sometimes, a steel-boned corset gets a little painful. A lighter bustier is less constricting, but bears the beautiful lines of corsets. The DeathRock Bustier is one of my favourites. It is available as a sewing pattern, and comes in three sizes. deathrock bustier, threeThe DeathRock Bustier features a crossboned front which is designed to enhance the bust. The crossboning is an optional extra. It adds an eyecatching detail to the front. For added drama, try using contrast coloured bone channels!

The bustier also sports loops on two seams. Use these to hang chains. Removable embellishments make the garment more versatile, and make it easy to mix and match. A classic style works for both clubbing and formal parties. Fabric and decorations make all the difference.

Crossboned front is designed to enhance the bustThe bustier is fully lined. In the tutorial included with the pattern, you’ll be guided through the process of cutting, lining, and boning the bustier. The model bustier is boned with rigilene tape which is sewn into the garment. This style works also with steel boning.

A contrast coloured lining is completely hidden when the bustier is worn. For a more subtle garment, use lining that matches the outer layer.

A full lining adds comfort and lengthens the age of a garmentThe DeathRock Bustier has a built-in modesty flap. It is sewn into the garment, and can be turned aside when worn. It hides bare skin, and protects from the cold metal of the eyelets. The bustier can also be made without a modesty flap.

DeathRock Bustier comes with a built-in modesty flapFor a photo shoot, I paired the bustier with a two-layer peasant skirt. The wide hems consist of cotton and tulle. The skirts are delisciously decadent, but not very practical when hiking through a forest.

DeathRockBustier_intheforestI hope you’ll enjoy the DeathRock Bustier -sewing pattern!
Until next Wednesday.



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