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|Kwik Sew: 3371 (Tunics) - Type:Plus |
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|Posted on:||1/16/13 11:04 PM |
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized |
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|Fabric:||Voile [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Women's Tunic with side hemline slits, mandarin collar center front slit and full length sleeves
1x to 4x
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Most Kwik Sew patterns are relatively easy to follow. I don't know if this will remain true now that they have been swallowed up by one of the other big pattern companies. I think this is one of those patterns that some people may have trouble visualizing, because this sort of sleeve isn't often found in patterns -- the pieces were fairly similar front to back, so I marked on the wrong side in chalk which was the front.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It was easy and straightforward to sew. I serged some of the seams but used my straight stitch Juki on some things because I didn't think I would corner well on my serger, at least for the gusset piece. This is one of the Kwik Sew patterns with 1/4 inch seam allowances. This works great in the collar area, much easier to add the mandarin collar, but if I'm not careful when straight sewing pieces I have finished with the serger, I can end up with the serging peeking through on the right side of the garment.
A cotton voile fabric I purchased at High Fashion Fabrics in Houston. I think I paid $12 yard for it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did not make any alterations to this design
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew this again. It is very hot in Houston, and while this might not be the most fashionable top, it will be very cool.
Nice tunic pattern, goes together quickly. Looks like this is one of Kwik Sew patterns that McPatterns has dropped from the line, so you will have to find it second hand or grab it from someone who still has it in inventory.
Note on sleeves:
This is a dolman sleeve. It doesn't hang where a typical sleeve hangs (snug to the underarm), and is probably easier to construct. (I think the only curved seam in the whole project is the collar construction). You see this sleeve in some knit tops and sweaters (if you google dolman sleeve you'll see more of this style).
The sleeve connects to the body of the garment between the waist and underarm, and these garments are typically made to be loose fitting, so there really isn't an impression of a lot of fabric under your arms - particularly with the recommended fabric which is quite light. I did not have any impression that there was lots of sleeve fabric in the way when I wore this.
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