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Kwik Sew vs. Burda Crotch Curve
Are they similar?
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Date: 1/27/07 9:08 PM

I'm not sure this is the best board to post this question in . . . but I've never tried Kwik Sew and I don't have any stores around that stock them, so I'd have to take a chance and order online. I've had pretty good luck with Burda's crotch curve, but I like the looks of some of the Kwik Sew leg shapes. Does anyone know if the two are similar? I guess I could just alter it if I needed to, but the fewer alterations, the better.
Thanks!!

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Date: 1/28/07 2:51 AM

I've made a lot of Burda pants, and they fit me better than any Big Four pattern I've ever used, with very minimal tweaking. The crotch curve, as you know, is just superb.

I have compared my Burdas with a few Kwik Sew pants patterns, and have not only found no similarity, but rather, a huge difference in the shape of the crotch curve, enough that you would have thought they were designed to fit different species. This has discouraged me, personally, from even trying a Kwik Sew pants pattern (other than a leotard, which worked quite well).

I should note, though, that my build is truly weird, and many other normal people get good results with Kwik Sew.

You might do a search for Kwik Sew pants pattern reviews here, and compare what you see with the Burda pants reviews.

But you could also buy a discounted Kwik Sew and try it out. Right now, for example, www.sewingpatterns.com is running a 30% off special (NAYY) on their newest patterns. It was so tempting that I just bought 3 shirts and tops. Man, talk about fast service: I ordered online at midnight on the 25th, and they arrived today!
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Date: 1/28/07 3:01 AM

Personally, like Elona, I find Burda and Kwik Sew to be on the two opposite ends of the crotch curve spectrum. They are like chalk and cheese.

Of all the pant patterns Burda works best for me, Kwik Sew is about the worst. They need a lot of alterations but that doesn't mean they won't work for others. You should at least try Kwik Sew, as you never know. I always believe the price of a KS is worth it just for the instructions. They come in handy when sewing Burda patterns.

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Date: 1/28/07 12:23 PM

Geez, you guys, I'm glad I asked!! Thank you for your input.

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Date: 1/28/07 3:05 PM

Same here. All my successful pants have been made from Burda patterns; most of my best tops, however, have been KwikSew. Especially tops from stretch fabrics - they really seem to have a grip on drafting tops. But Burda has it over everyone with pants - even the worst Burda muslin has fit me better than Vogue, Simplicity or KwikSew.

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Date: 1/29/07 7:36 AM

Doesn't anyone wonder why the other pattern companies don't seem to realize this? I mean, they must know that tons of sewists think the Burda curve is best - why don't they try to match it? (I know that some of the smaller ones, like Lois H, are similar, but I'm talking about the Big 4 and now KS)
I think the curve must be REALLY bad on some of the big 4, I believe it was a Simplicity I tried once, and the front curve was WAY too deep and long, and the back curve was WAY to shallow and short - and the crazy thing is, I have a generous tummy and a tiny behind - so you would think this curve would be ok for me! I can't imagine how a simplicity curve would fit an average-shaped person, much less a flat-tummy, round rear person! I just don't get it!!

Sorry, this has been bothering me for awhile. I just hate having to completely pass over the big 4 pattern books when looking for pants ideas.

Do these companies not read PR?!?

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Date: 1/29/07 3:17 PM

I have the Kwik Sew pant pattern from their Easy Sewing book and an older Burda pattern ( about 10 years) and I don't know if Burda has changed their basic pattern since then.

I did a quick comparison of the largest sizes of each, and they looked to me more similar than different. The crotch depth of KS was longer, but that would be easy enough to change. Other than that, the front crotch curves looked very similar.

The back crotches toward the inseam area were the same length. The major difference is that the back crotch in Burda is more scooped out towards the inseam. Perhaps it is the scooping out that gives so many people a better fit.

Like anything else, I don't think you can say that one pattern is better for all body shapes than others. You just have to know your body and the characteristics of the pattern you are going to use, and what works well for some may not work well for others.

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Date: 1/29/07 8:36 PM

You could always trace the outline from the Kwik Sew pattern and then overlay your favorite Burda pants pattern on top, just to use the crotch curve alone.

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Date: 1/30/07 10:59 AM

I like the crotch curve in Kwik Sew. I have a (relatively) flat stomach and protruding rear. The only alteration that I have to do is to shorten the front crotch length and the pants fit.

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Date: 1/30/07 2:37 PM

In case it helps, just as some people fit into different brands of RTW pants better than others, some people might fit the crotch curve of other pattern companies better than others. We're all built differently. The Simplicity crotch curve may be the perfect fit for somebody. It certainly fits me better than the Kwik Sew. Haven't tried Burda yet.

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