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|Kwik Sew: 2325 (Misses' Chemise, Robe& Panties) - Type:Lingerie|
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|Reviewed by:||Judy Kski|
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|Posted on:||10/31/13 7:52 PM |
|Last Updated:||10/31/13 10:12 PM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Tricot [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Pattern Description: Misses' robe, chemise and panties. Wrap robe has dropped shoulders, front and neckline band, pockets in side seams and tie belt. Bottom edge of sleeves have sleeve bands from lace or sheer finished with lace and optional lace covering seam.
Bias cut princess line chemise has front yoke and flared skirt. Neckline armholes and bottom edge are finished with narrow lace and yoke seam has optional lace covering seam. View A chemise has front yoke from lace or sheer. Bias cut panties have very high cut leg openings, and panel seams have optional lace covering seams. Leg openings and waist have stitched elastic. View A side panels are from lace or sheer.
Pattern Sizing: Sizes: XS - S - M - L - XL. I made Size XL.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, very much like it.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The normal explicite KS instructions. Great as usual.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- Finishing options with lace. I love working with lace and the femininity that it adds to a garment. This pattern offered an option to replace the front seamline "V" with lace. Since I was working with a pretty stretch lace and a print tricot, I wanted the focus to be on those fabrics. I did finish the rest of the edges with lace though.
- This one doesn't apply to the pattern. It's just something I discovered in the process of making the chemise. I don't like the scratchy feel of the lace against my skin. It's 100% polyester so I guess cotton lace would've worked a lot better. Lesson learned.
Fabric Used: The white floral tricot in the main part of the chemise came from a Flea Market in North Carolina. The stretch lace in the yoke is from Denver Fabrics. The underlining for the yoke is tricot from The Sewing Studio in Washington state. I also used this tricot to make a muslin before cutting into the "good" tricot.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- The addition of underlining to the yoke to help make the flowers on the stretch lace "pop". The tricot fabric was also added because it is a more stable knit than stretch lace. This provided a solid base for the heavier 5/8" Venetian lace that was applied to the neckline and armholes. This lace is made with rayon thread that shines which makes it much prettier than regular lace. The pattern called for narrow lace, but I wanted a very feminine look.
Finished Bodice Close-up
Inside of bodice
- Used SSI Knit Stay Tape (extra lightweight) to stabilize the shoulder seams even though the pattern did call for it. I always stabilize the shoulder seams in knit garments, no matter how stable the knit.
- In order to "tame the lace", I had to hand stitch 26 small darts in the curved sections of the neckline and armholes. Luckily, the hemline required no darts. The following photos show BEFORE and AFTER photos of neckline preparation:
Lace pinned to back of neckline with bumps (BEFORE)
Lace once darts have been added (AFTER)
Lace pinned to front neckline with bumps (BEFORE)
Lace once darts have been added (AFTER)
Tricot seamlines get all bunchy when I try to serge them so I wanted a way to stiffen them. I tested these three products for seamline stabilization:
1. Water Soluble Stabilizer - I didn't like having to hold or pin it into the seamline while I was serging.
2. 1/4" Wash Away Wonder Tape - This worked great on straight seams, but not so much when I was trying to work around the curve of the princess seams.
3. Perfect Sew from Palmer/Pletsch - I brushed this thick liquid onto the seam edgess with a 1/2" Artist's flat brush and let it dry. Then I steam pressed the stabilized edges before serging them. It's only necessary to "paint" one edge to get the necessary "stiffness" needed for serging.
Of the three, the Perfect Sew worked best for the purpose of stabilizing the tricot seams. Once I finished making the chemise, I simply hand washed it in Woolite to get rid of the residue.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? It's a great pattern for comfortable sleepwear so I'm sure I'll use it again. With the right fabric, it would make a nice bridal gift. If you like to sew lingerie, this pattern is a keeper.
Conclusion: I bought this 3 1/2 yard piece of tricot at a flea market in North Carolina back in 2001. Prior to the chemise, all I'd made with it was a pair of panties. I wanted to do something more substantial because I love the pastel floral print. It was a joy to work with. As I was hand sewing the lace to the neckline, armholes and hemline, I'd catch the shine of the fabric and the play of color from the flowers out of the corner of my eye and it made me feel happy. What a wonderful hobby this is to evoke such feelings.
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