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Date: 2/16/05 8:22 AM

Just wondering, for those of us who have never used a KS pattern whats different about them that makes them so special? Also if you use a 10 in simplicity and new look would you use a 10 in KS?
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Date: 2/16/05 8:29 AM

They are "classic" patterns, which can be tarted up for formal stuff and dummied down for casual. They have all sizes in the same envelpe and are cut to fit "real" people.

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Date: 2/16/05 8:59 AM

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...and are cut to fit "real" people.


I would disagree with this. In my experience, any pattern brand can be good or bad depending on their fitting standard vs. my body type.

But many KS patterns are made for knits, and the styles tend to be non-complicated and casual; so they are wearable for many people, without a precise fit.

Kwik Sew has its own sizing standard--I don't think it follows the same sizing charts as the big-4 patterns. So you would probably have to try out a few patterns or do some flat-pattern measuring to determine what kinds of alterations you would need.

What I like most about KS patterns is the instructions. They show you the most practical way to do something, rather than just the traditional techniques used by big-4 patterns. And they are very well written and well-illustrated. In fact, if I wanted to learn a new technique, I might try to find a Kwik Sew pattern that uses that technique, so I can learn the best way to do it.
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Date: 2/16/05 9:01 AM

Just try one, Penny. It will be abundantly clear why they're superior.

For me it's the fit, the crystal clear instructions, techniques that create professional results, and the sturdy paper the patterns are printed on. And like Janie says, they're classic styles you can easily tweak to make a one of a kind look.

I think KS sizing is very similar to RTW sizing. For point of comparison, I'm a 0-2/XS in RTW, 8-10 in the Big Fours, and a XS in KS.

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Date: 2/16/05 9:27 AM

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I think KS sizing is very similar to RTW sizing. For point of comparison, I'm a 0-2/XS in RTW, 8-10 in the Big Fours, and a XS in KS.




I agree with Leslie here - this has been my experience as well. KS also works better, if like me, you wear petite sizes – much easier to adjust for that.

Ann Steeves and I have been talking about teaching a fitting class together, and once idea we've been tossing about is insisting that the students stick with KS patterns because they're so predictable and goof proof that a good sewing experience is almost guaranteed.

I just wish the company would make their catalog more appealing! It's really doesn’t do justice to the quality of the patterns. Those fashion drawings on the pattern envelopes are just awful. They really need an upgrade to their brand identity design.

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Date: 2/16/05 9:47 AM

I have had very mixed results with KS myself. I am both petite (read short) and slim.

What I like: great instructions. Unique ways of putting a pattern together.

what I don't like: In an effort to be "quick" KS does the following
1. Doesn't really have patterns that are fitted. they give alot of ease so that a variety of body types can "fit" into their patterns. This is not a good thing for a size 2, 5'O" individual like me. I perfer a more body fitted garment. They use S, M, L, XS sizing.
2. most waists are elastic: quick but not fitted
3. most styles not really interesting, more basic or even old fashioned. However, they do occaisionally come out with a real cutie.

I had never hear of KS before I found this site and I was very excited by all the good press theyhad here, so I suppose the fact that they didn't really work for me was a major disappointment. I think they fill a niche in the pattern market but no pattern company can be all things to all people. I suggest you try them and judge for yourself.

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Date: 2/16/05 11:20 AM

I don't use Kwik sew patterns for everything. I do like them for almost all my knit projects though. The fit is consistent and the styles are latest and above all the methods are superb.

For wovens I prefer Burda and Neue Mode. But then again I dont sew much with wovens except pants. So my stash is pretty much all Kwik Sew

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Date: 2/16/05 11:40 AM

I also have been using KS for knits - I do like how they separate their catalog and patterns into "knits" vs. "wovens". Makes my life easier when trying to decide! I guess I would ask the same question about Burda....I looked in their catalog today because people on PR give them good reviews but, sorry, I was grossed out. I thought everything was really ugly and I was surprised at that. What am I not seeing?

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Date: 2/16/05 11:52 AM

Thanks everyone. I guess I'll just have to buy a couple and try them out. I have been working more with knits lately, and I always seem to really like the end results of the KS patterns reviewed here and it seems the majority of people really like them. I also checked out the Burda catalog at Joannes today, and really didn't see anything I had to have. I guess everybody has different tastes, which is a good thing.
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Date: 2/16/05 1:55 PM

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about Burda....I looked in their catalog today because people on PR give them good reviews but, sorry, I was grossed out.

LOL! Hey, that's what makes horse races, right? I have made some Kwik Sew Patterns and loved them. Others have been a big disappointment (anyone want a free copy of 2849?). But that's true for all the pattern companies I've tried, and believe me, I've tried most of them! I'd have to say that of all the KS patterns I have seen or sewn, my favorite by far is 3108, a paneled skirt pattern for wovens. It was beautifully drafted and is very flattering on.

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