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Pattern Reviews> Kwik Sew> 3790 (knit top)

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Reviewed by:LynnRowe
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Posted on:5/10/10 11:35 PM
Last Updated:5/31/10 0:06 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people    Very Helpful by 42 people   
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Elona said... (9/22/13 1:01 PM) Reply
What a genius improvement on the Kwik Sew Klunky facing!
Michele Lommasson said... (9/22/13 12:24 PM) Reply
I just reread this because of Debbie Cooke's thank you thread. I guess PR will not let me rate it "very helpful" twice, oh well. I always wonder why pattern companies are so far behind ready to wear when it comes to knits. A facing? Really? Your solve is elegant.
tbugg said... (2/2/12 9:07 PM) Reply
Can I just give you my size and you make it for me...ha ha ha! I love how it turned out!
loti said... (6/2/10 7:45 PM) Reply
I must have this, what a great color, and I love the non facing version (I don't like facings in knits either).
Robin Denning said... (5/31/10 3:51 PM) Reply
Thanks for the great review - cute top!
no7262 said... (5/31/10 10:24 AM) Reply
Lynn, It looks beautiful! You really did an great job! Nora :)
Kath in ON said... (5/31/10 7:37 AM) Reply
This pattern has been on my wish list since the day I saw it. I'll definitley pick it up now. Thanks for the very helpful review.
DorothyK said... (5/31/10 0:32 AM) Reply
This is a must-try pattern. Thanks for your great review.
Nancy Rhodes said... (5/26/10 10:51 AM) Reply
Your review should be REVIEW OF THE YEAR! Let me head up the nominating committee now... Great topper can't wait to see your 'dress' version. thank you SEW very much!
Ann Smith said... (5/23/10 2:38 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for your great review on your beautiful top. I have this pattern on my cutting table right now so you have led me by the hand.
MichelleE said... (5/23/10 2:20 PM) Reply
Thanks for the detailed review and I love how your top turned out. I love using my coverstitch for the same purpose - bleh to facings! I would not have thought much of this pattern until I saw your review, now I will have to get it!
Raye Ann said... (5/23/10 1:00 PM) Reply
Lynn, this is really, really beautiful! thank you so much for the helpful instructions. i was not impressed with the pattern envelope, but have liked your version as well as homejewel's. if i do get this pattern (likely), I will definitely use your finishing methods! thanks again.
LynnRowe said... (5/23/10 11:23 AM) Reply
Hi Nancy K, yes you're correct, I used a single binding layer. :)
MarshaG. said... (5/23/10 9:54 AM) Reply
BEAUTIFUL top, and I am so happy to see how you did the neckline, because I also am not too fond of neck facings, particularly in knits! I've bookmarked this page for future reference, once I get around to trying this pattern. I am always drawn to asymmetry, so this neckline is right up my alley! Thanks so much for sharing your neckline treatment.
Nancy K said... (5/23/10 9:04 AM) Reply
Great top, and I love your technique. am I correct in seeing that you used a single layer binding?
MNBarb said... (5/23/10 8:29 AM) Reply
Wow! Thanks for the detailed review. Facings are part of what I detest about knits. Good info to have. Wish we could see the top on a person.
Lisa p said... (5/23/10 2:13 AM) Reply
Thankyou for this very helpfull review . I also hate neckline facings so I would copy what you have done here . I have never noticed this pattern before but yours looks 100% nicer than the pattern envelope.
Athene said... (5/22/10 10:51 PM) Reply
Very pretty top. I really like the color too.
Athene said... (5/22/10 10:50 PM) Reply
Very pretty top.
DaisyEsq said... (5/22/10 10:42 PM) Reply
I'm going to print your review because it's extraordinarily helpful. The top is beautiful and the color is great.
Elizabeth made this said... (5/22/10 9:52 PM) Reply
Beautiful! Thanks for the info on the facing or lack thereof. I'll have to give it a whirl.
julie w said... (5/22/10 7:08 PM) Reply
Love your top. This pattern is on my want this and thanks to your excellent tutorial on omitting the facings it is now on my shopping list! Love the colour of your fabric too, from another teal fan.
LynnRowe said... (5/22/10 7:01 PM) Reply
Hi Paris, it's not you; it's one of those things that is easy to understand when you see/try it, but tough to describe, lol! If you look at the photo where the garment front is basted into position over the gathered sleeve inset. Now if you lifted up the garment front piece, and flipped it over so it was face to face on top of the gathered shoulder inset, at the bottom you'd have the exposed seam allowance of the gathered inset, and the garment front neckline, and the binding strip. If you sew along those thicknesses, your stitching won't show on the garment front, coz it's flipped up out of the way. Hope that helps! :)
Paris75008 said... (5/22/10 6:52 PM) Reply
what a very lovely top and thanks for the tutorial on eliminating facings. Very useful. Not sure I quite understand the "flip garment front up and over" part, but that could be due to my being brain dead due to the late hour...
Twinset said... (5/22/10 6:46 PM) Reply
Love this top. Need this pattern. Mmm, I have a feeling that it is going to be a favorite on PR. Thanks for all the detailed info!
sewing for fun said... (5/22/10 6:07 PM) Reply
GREAT and detailed tutorial on the neckline! Thanks SO much - I hate facings, too and just bought this pattern. I will use your technique!
ryansmumAria said... (5/22/10 5:51 PM) Reply
I love it~
LynnRowe said... (5/22/10 5:51 PM) Reply
Close-up added at bottom of review. :)
LynnRowe said... (5/22/10 5:41 PM) Reply
Hi homejewel! When you flip the garment front up & over, you'll see the binding strip, the garment front neckline seam allowance and the seam allowance of the gathered shoulder inset piece. You sew through those thicknesses; this is just to secure the shoulder to the binding strip, so you're not relying only on the coverstitching to prevent wardrobe malfunction, lol! Basically, you're just sewing the binding strip, garment front neckline seam allowance & the shoulder inset right sides together, BUT you want to sew *below* where the binding seamline is; above that seamline is the front (visible) garment neckline. It will make sense the minute you do it. I can take closeups of the right side of the neckline (or I'll try, at least, lol!) I don't think it makes it look more casual, but I've used thread that is a very close match and isn't very visible unless you're quiteclose. I snugged my binding when I sewed it to the neckline, so shouldn't be any gaping at all, but as I've not yet sewn the sideseams I haven't actually tried it on. (My first top was a very snappy-recovery knit that didn't gape at all; this one is much softer recovery). ETA: sideseams sewn, tried it on, LOVE it! And no gapping whatsoever, front or back. I touched my toes with a handmirror on the floor, and the neckline hugged my chest & didn't budge. Whew!
homejewel said... (5/22/10 5:18 PM) Reply
Hi Lynn - thanks so much for the photos - I've been waiting for this! Everything makes perfect sense except this and it's probably my brain shutting down on me. What exactly are you sewing here if the stitching is not going through to the front?: "Once basted in place, flip the garment front up and over, exposing the gathered shoulder seam allowance, and the binding. Sew across all thicknesses, making sure you don't catch the garment front. No stitches should show on the right side of garment front."

Did you by any chance get any closeups of the coverstitched neckline? I saw the underside, but not the finished side. I'm still trying to decide if adding the coverstitch makes it look more casual than not. It might be worth it just so it can lay better. How does it look on you? Did you have any gaping issues? Your fabric looks a lot thinner than mine and was a better choice. Thanks again!

Edited to add: Thanks, Lynn for the new neckline closeup. I definitely can live with a coverstitched neckline - that looks great. I'm going to print out your notes for next time. I still need to fix the wonkiness of my first attempt (the sagging front) and then I'll tackle a new one with lighter-weight knit. Love this top!

LynnRowe said... (5/13/10 10:13 PM) Reply
I'm trying to get a camera & fixins', so hopefully photos soon(ish)! Another way to do the modification I did is to follow the KS instructions for the facing...and then topstitch the facing down with the coverstitch machine. The look and effect would be the same. I've also been musing over my next top, and I think I'll turn in the gathered-shoulder seam allowance (closest to the neck), then turn in the neckline seam allowance, baste the neckline and gathered shoulder together, and coverstitch it all in the round (instead of stopping the coverstitching halfway thru to baste the neckline & shoulder). The lengths some of us will go to to avoid facings in knits...! :D
cabinbaby said... (5/13/10 4:47 PM) Reply
I can't wait to see your finished top. This pattern really caught my eye. I think I understand how you modified the top but I would like to see it with my eyeballs. :)
Diane333 said... (5/11/10 9:40 AM) Reply
can't wait for pictures
elsew said... (5/11/10 8:55 AM) Reply
Again, there should be another category withing the rating system entitled "Extremely Helpful" as this review certainly deserves it. What a great help this one is!
homejewel said... (5/11/10 1:30 AM) Reply
I can't wait to see pics of your modifications. Please, please - can you try to get a close-up of the neck? I'm a little hesitant to try it again with facings - although I think a lighter weight fabric might have been a lot of my problem. I thought it was quite long, too (and I'm 6'3") - lol. I was also thinking it would make a nice dress. As far as cameras - I'd definitely check reviews before purchasing. I find Amazon reviews to be helpfull. Good luck in your search (and hurry, please - lol).
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