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|Reviewed by:|| LoriB|| |
|Posted on:||7/1/02 1:40 PM |
|Last Updated:||6/25/14 10:04 AM|
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Kwik Sew Pattern Info
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 2 people Very Helpful by 6 people |
|See other patterns in this category: Loungewear Sleepwear |
|Fabric:||Viscose Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
This pattern is one of those TNT (tried and true) patterns for me. My first review of this pattern was 12 years ago, and I've used it to make a few more nightshirts since then. I believe this pattern is OOP though, which is too bad because I think it's timeless.
I used my serger for the majority of the construction. The only time I used the sewing machine was for the small seam to join the strips for the neck and sleeve bands, and then I used the serger to attach the folded-over neck and sleeve bands. Easy and fast!
This latest creation used View B. The fabric is a cotton-viscose (rayon) blend. The print repeated every meter and was only on one side so I had plenty of plain fabric for the back and sleeves.
Original Review (2002):
I chose this pattern because I needed some new nightshirts. I had previously tried a Big 4 pattern and didn't like the results. This Kwik Sew pattern is a keeper and I will definitely make more. The instructions are very clear, it's very easy to sew, and it fits me well with a few minor pattern alterations.
The fabric is a $1/yard 100% polyester single knit fabric from fabric.com. It's lightweight and has the needed stretch according to the pattern envelope.
I traced off a medium size in the shoulders, neck and bust area and tapered to between a L and XL to accomodate my hips. This is why it's nice to sew - RTW nightgowns that fit on top "stick" at my hips and if they fit my hips, they swamp me on top. I also traced off the medium sleeve but the next time I make this I will enlarge the sleeve because the medium is a bit small in circumference.
The pattern has 3/8" seam allowances and the instructions use both the serger and regular sewing machine. The instructions also include stabilizing the shoulder seams with a strip of fusible interfacing. The neck edge has a unique finish. A strip of fabric is applied in typical fashion - serge one edge, sew right sides together, fold over raw neckline and top stitch - but then the instructions describe using the blind hem stitch on your machine to create a scalloped edge look. It worked and the result looked similar to the scalloped edge on a RTW nightgown. However, next time I will just use the coverstitch on my serger because I don't like that the inside serged edge of the neckline is not held down. The edges of the sleeves had the same treatment.
The instructions call for serging the bottom edge, turning and then topstitching. I used the coverstitch on my serger. I just purchased a new fancy schmancy serger (Babylock Evolve) so I was eager to try the coverstitch. It's beautiful! I'm so pleased with the very perfect hem it created. No more twin-needle for me!
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