I’ve got the October through January KnipModes to show off now, but the special thing here is that two of the four issues were hand delivered to me by neighbours that had recently been in Benelux (well, really just Bene)! One might be going back soon so I might get another few hand delivered as well if I play my cards right…
Oct 09 + supplement – with special bonus Plus sized section that’s twice as many patterns as usual in each issue
And from the City Guide supplement (showing Paris, Milan, Prague, and London styles) that came with October, the London stereotypes just made me guffaw. Actually, all the stereotypes made me chuckle – the Parisian shots all had them eating croissants, the Milanese had them with tiny espresso cups, and the Prague shoot was all done with art nouveau backdrops.
(Oh yes, we all dress like this in London, didn’t you know??)
Nov 09 – this one had an origami feature like they also did in May, but with new wintery designs
Dec 09 – awash in a sea of super naff formal dresses and sloppy casuals, this issue was saved only by the “take this blouse, dress, or jacket, and try three different sleeves on it” feature!
Jan 10 – Features Knit vs Sew cold weather clothes plus, for the first time ever, men’s patterns!
I’m amazed how much this pleated dress looks like my 30th birthday dress in the shoulders especially!
And the men’s patterns I found to be quite boring (button down shirt, basic trousers, jacket, yawn) but I really liked this hipped-up jacket with the integrated hoodie, which would be great for teens.
I also did appreciate that like their women’s size range, Knip’s men’s patterns have way more sizes than BWOF. James is like me in that he’s usually the second-to-biggest size in the normal range in Burda, but in Knip he’s pretty much dead in the middle (sizes 46-58 FYI).
So out of this bunch, I think my favourites are November and January, though if you’re plus sized I’d highly recommend grabbing October, as I’m not sure how many will turn up in the quarterly Knip XL magazine.
Bonus cat photos
Bosco fell in the river (for the third time!) yesterday so he was super affectionate all day. He occasionally comes into my little sewing room but has never taken much interest in staying before. But yesterday he sat next to my machine for about 20min and wasn’t even spooked when it started rumbling right next to him!