Kwik Sew 3848 Triangular Top

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

I have chosen not to do a best/worse round-up because some of my best have only been worn once and some of my worse have become house clothes and worn heaps so it depends on what I use to measure which category items belong to. I am going to say that I have enjoyed sewing this past year more than ever, probably because my techniques were better and more than anything it was a stress reliever, a really helpful outlet to help me deal with lifes’ challenges, of which there have been many.

So with that I’m ready to tackle 2016!

This is not my first make for 2016, in fact I started it way back in July of 2015 but wanted to get it finished in 2015, before the years end.

It’s never surprises me how different people have different visions for the same fabric, Clever Tinker used it to make a kimono jacket however I initially bought this fabric with making the Datura top in keeping with the triangle theme but then decided to go with a pattern I already had as I only had 1m of this multi printed rayon prism (100% rayon). The fabric has a repeat but not a symmetrical one so I tried to centre it best I could. Below are photos after the alteration which I mention further into the post.

 Kwik sew 3848 sideKwik sew 3848 back kwik sew 3848 front

I used Kwik Sew 3848, which apparently runs big so cut a size smaller than normal. It also has really small seam allowances (6mm), which can get a bit fiddly. I mashed the views which may explain why I had to tinker with the end product. I didn’t have enough to make a complete top (front and back) so used some stash navy premium faille (100% polyester) for the back. Essentially I cut View A on the fold (removing the extra seam allowance and placket) and used the back pieces of view A with the length of the top from view B but with the hem curves from view A and chose not to add a pocket.

For the armholes I used self-made bias but using the width of the bands provided for view B. The hem was serged and turned up twice for a narrow hem. During construction I tried on the top and everything seemed okay but it wasn’t until I was finished and noticed the armholes were really loose and indecently low. I didn’t want to take anything apart so I did a quick and dirty and just took in the side seams by a couple of centimetres each side and tapered to nothing just under the bust. Below is before the alteration.

                           gaping front Gaping back (2)

I like the versatility of this top as it goes equally well with jeans but I ended up wearing it out to dinner with my New Look 6107 white skirt.

Kwik sew 3848 front tucked                             Kwik sew 3848 side tucked Kwik sew 3848 back tucked

This pattern will require more work in the future to fit right and I like the back design feature and that the seams for the back yoke are enclosed however I don’t think I will tackle it just yet as I want to sew other things instead which I view as higher priority.

Kwik Sew 3489 Tropical Wrap Dress

In my quest to find a perfect wrap dress I decided to try the Kwik Sew 3489 pattern. With lots of positive reviews and a nice shape I thought it was worth a try. I purchased this red printed rayon knit # 2 tropical (100% rayon) back in May, started the dress in July and finally finished it in November. I wasn’t sure what to make with the fabric initially but found this image in Stylish Sewing with Stitches magazine, Volume 23, No 6 and used it as my inspiration. I have since bought fabric that is more similar to the image but don’t really want two red based wrap dresses in my closet.

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I made view B which has short sleeves, no collar and spaghetti wrap around ties whereas the ties in view A are slightly wider and only tie at the side. Many reviews mentioned that sizing runs big, and I found this to be true also and went down a size but realistically could have gone down another.

Kwik sew front                           kwik sew side 2  Kwik sew back

My fabric shifted a lot while cutting and sewing as it is so light weight and for this reason I should have lined the dress, but being lazy I didn’t, I just need to wear a slip underneath. I made the mistake of attaching the wrong sleeves to the left and right sides and although it doesn’t make a real big difference when worn, I had to stretch while sewing slightly to get them to fit. I didn’t realise this until after I had stitched and serged the first one on and wasn’t going to unstitch my work.

I also found it unusual that they mention in the instructions to use a bobby pin to turn the narrow tube of the ties, I do this all the time and find it much more reliable than a safety pin, even for threading elastic through channels.

The instructions provide the option to add elastic to the waistline, normally I wouldn’t, but found my fabric has little recovery and the bodice was loose anyway, so in this instance I chose too. This also helps with preventing the weight of the skirt from lowering the waistline too much when worn.

Kwik sew side

                                Kwik sew side 4 Kwik sew back 2

I ended up top stitching the opening where the tie runs through the right side seam for extra strength and support, otherwise it is left raw. The neckline is interfaced and I found mine wanted to flip out a lot, probably because the bodice is actually a bit big, but decided to top stitched the neckline as per the optional instructions. I also squared off the curve on the front wrap portion to make a more classic wrap dress. You can see how much the fabric has dropped as my version looks much longer than the pattern envelope. The wrap is fairly substantial, no accidental exposure.

Kwik sew wrap

I will be making this again with a more stable knit and will definitely size down the bodice but keep the same size on the skirt. I really like the fit of this otherwise and it doesn’t take long to sew.

Make it a Kwik Sew 3728 Skirt in Denim

I’m glad to finally be marking off an item from my 2015 SWAP. I used Kwik Sew 3728 which is now OOP and although originally planned to make view B, I made view A as I felt it could be dressed up or down a bit more.

front                       side  back

I fell into 2 sizes with this pattern and decided to go with the smaller of the two as the denim (95% cotton/5% spandex) in indigo colour, had a fair bit of stretch. The fabric was a remnant left from my Sewaholic Thurlow trousers I had modified into maternity pants with an elasticised waist and fake fly some 3 years ago, pre blog obviously. The reason I mention this is because I didn’t have enough fabric to get the full width of the skirt by about 1/2 inch (cut S instead of M for last part of hem), only a minor change really. I figured it wasn’t overly important given the a-line shape of the skirt and the front pleat, there is definitely enough fabric still in the skirt to not affect the fit.

skirt width

The other interesting thing was this little tidbit on the front skirt pattern piece. I have never seen it before and wondered why a company would print that given that not all the population can make a garment straight from the packaging and require fit changes. Does anyone know the reason for this? And is it printed on all Kwik Sew patterns? Now I’m curious and must check my stash to see if this is the case. Also I urge you if you are interested to check the Kwik Sew site as on the resources tab that have some educational material which is quite helpful.

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The skirt went together really quickly and was finished in a night. I used a light interfacing for the waistband as the denim was already quite thick and didn’t want too much bulk. I inserted a 7 inch (18cm) black invisible zip as that is what I had on hand on interfaced seams to strengthen the area.zip interfacing

The changes I made were to hand stitch the waistband from the inside rather the instructed stitch in the ditch which never ends up neat and even for me. All seams were neatened with the overlocker and the hem was also serged and then turned up by about 8cm and then hand stitched in place. This skirt is a no brainer if completely done by machine as instructed.

The photos were taken after a day of wearing the skirt and there hasn’t been too much stretching out of the fabric. I can see there is a small gap between the zip and waistband but I’m not too fussed about it. I’m happy with the fit and style of this skirt and think if I make it again I would love to add some pockets.

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