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Date: 10/26/13 5:18 PM

I've been looking through projects, and it seems to me that although the Kwik Sew patterns are kind of simple and often old fashioned looking, when they are made up they look particularly good. As if the fit is better? Is this the case--or is it just me? Or are more experienced sewers likely to use the Kwik Sew patterns because they are more expensive?

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Date: 10/26/13 5:31 PM

No, what they have is better instructions (for construction, not fit). Like anything, they have a figure they're drafting for and if that's not you, then you'll have to make adjustments. I find it quite annoying with the woven patterns that they're sized in XS/S/M etc. rather than numbers because the size bands are wider (and I fall between the bands).

I do think they know what they're doing for activewear though.

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Date: 10/26/13 8:46 PM

I prefer KS patterns because I have to do very little for them to fit me. It seems with the Big 4 I need to spend a bit more time fiddling with the pattern.

I still like the Big 4, but lately I have had very little time for fiddling.

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Date: 10/26/13 8:59 PM

For me, no. For some other people, yes. They seem to suit a broad-shouldered, not too hourglass figure - more rectangular. At least that's what I've noticed from others' reviews.

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Date: 10/26/13 9:03 PM

That's my body type -I can confirm Kwik Sews work for me.

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Date: 10/26/13 9:49 PM

Quote: LauraTS
For me, no. For some other people, yes. They seem to suit a broad-shouldered, not too hourglass figure - more rectangular. At least that's what I've noticed from others' reviews.

I agree. I'm an hourglass-ish pear and the KS's don't, as a rule, flatter me. (It looked to me, from her photo, as if Kirstin Martensson was a rectangle. If so, that seems to make sense, then.)
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Date: 10/26/13 9:50 PM

I'm a lean pear. I stay with the xs, s, m and they work great for me. My waist is 25 and my hips are 37. I am slightly overweight at this time, and sometimes I have to add a wedge into the widest pear part.

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Date: 10/27/13 6:03 AM

I can make KS work, but it takes some adjusting for those of us who are 5'3" -5'4". I have to remove length in the upper chest, between the bust and the waist, and between the waist and hip; I also drop down 1/2 size (trace between two size lines) or cut one size smaller. All that sounds time-consuming, but it's all pretty straight-forward and quick. KS patterns have produced some of the most useful things I've sewn - not necessarily the most fashion-forward, but many of the most repeatable wardrobe basics.
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Date: 10/27/13 8:31 AM

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it seems to me that although the Kwik Sew patterns are kind of simple and often old fashioned looking, when they are made up they look particularly good.


It's true. I tend to agree also with what others have said about fit.

In addition, although the instructions are great, both the illustrations and some of the techniques are often not up to date. Yet, I have every Master Pattern book that KS has published, and they have sure come in handy, especially the Sewing for Toddlers and Sewing for Children booklets. I don't know how many times I've made PJs, pants and shorts for two granddaughters from those master patterns. And the books have helped me realize how easy it is to modify a pattern.

That said, the Beautiful Lingerie book doesn't even mention stretch lace fabric or trim, and that seems to be a big omission. Also, there is only one pattern for both knit (such as nylon tricot) and woven fabrics. Therefore, if you intend to sew a very stretchy panty fabric, for example, you will need to go down at least one size, probably more.

In general, KS patterns have run large on me (5'2", 110-120 pounds). But due to recent weight gains, the Medium sized pants and panties fit better, but tops need a significant FBA (I am now 34D). By the way, I now only make PJ pants for myself with KS patterns — I tried to make shorts last year, but they were absolutely HUGE. In my experience, you really need to measure the pattern and make a muslin in a similar knit or woven fabric before committing good fabric to any pattern, KS or otherwise.

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Date: 10/27/13 10:04 AM

Hahaha! If you use the KS Beautiful Lingerie pattern for panties, it will be MUCH MUCH too large in your size (mine should be Medium!) I'm using the master pattern for shapes only, but comparing it to a cut up pair of panties that fits me well (from very stretchy fabric, up to 70% stretch, I believe) — even size XS would be too large! On the other hand, Debbie Cook recommends the instructions for sewing the crotch on p 42.

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