Kwik Sew make some great patterns. I find them easy to overlook, because the styling often doesn’t appeal to my aesthetic, but if you look at those line drawings there are definite winners. The garment photos are also a pretty good representation of how the completed garment will fit. Kwik Sew have been going on sale quite a bit at Spotlight in recent months – like Vogue, in previous years they never used to go on sale – and I indulged in a few. One is Kwik Sew 3720
I have learned that Kwik Sew is rather roomy, so sewed size Medium, even though I measure a Large.
I did make a couple of alterations. I shortened it two inches through the body by taking a fold mid-way down the pattern pieces, and an inch in the sleeve length. If I sew it again I’ll take larger seam allowances as well or maybe consider sizing down to a Small. The sleeve cuffs are a little looser than I’d prefer too.
It is rather long, as the illustration and pattern photo suggest, which allows me to wear the hip band up a little to get a blouson effect. The description of the pattern from the Kwik Sew website is as follows:
Loose-fitting pullover batwing style tops have scoop neckline with neckband, and wide close-fitting waistband that fits over hips. A: Sleeves have wide cuffs. B: Diagonal shaped seam on front and back, and right side is contrast. Front and back extend forming elbow-length sleeves.
As you would expect, this was very easy to sew. All construction was on the overlocker, although I used the machine to secure the neckband with a “stitch in the ditch” after attaching it by machine and wrapping it over, a bit like binding an edge.
The closest that I get to looking like the cover model…..
The fabric was a gift from lovely blog reader Carol. I understand that it originally came from Knit Wit. It is beautiful quality and was a pleasure to sew. I think that the print matches perfectly with this style! Thanks so much Carol – I really appreciate it.
This would also be a terrifically cosy winter top in a slightly heavier weight knit with brushed backing. Hmmm, maybe I need to search through stash….