|Kwik Sew: 3672 (Top ) - Type:Activewear |
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|Posted on:||7/20/13 10:00 AM |
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Kwik Sew Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Available for sale on PR: $11.99 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Nylon-Lycra [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Very close fitting pull-over top has top edges finished with elastic, wide back straps, and shelf bra lining with elastic. This review is for the top only.|
Pattern Sizing: XS-XL
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are quite clear and easy to follow if you want to go with exactly what they recommend. I had to deviate from them because I simply didn't like some of their finishes or techniques.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really love the back-- this makes this top interesting and fun. I disliked Kwik Sew's recommendations on how to attach their elastic and which side of the fabric to attach it to. The shelf bra is basically useless, I downsized it and it was still pretty pointless for my figure and for running (it would work quite nicely for yoga and other very low impact activities.)
Fabric Used: Nylon/spandex with about 40% stretch. The pattern recommends a 70% stretch so my top is a small bit more snug because of this.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Like I said the bra is meant for light duty activities so I thought I'd make it a bit tighter to see if it would work closer to a compression bra. Not so much.
I cut the width of the bra to a small and made darts out of the shirring under the bust. This helped but it's not even close to any sort of running bra. I'd think that it would have been a baggy mess of a bra under my top if I left it as as with shirring. Unfortunately the darts show through on the outside... oh well.
One thing I really disliked about this pattern: the exposed elastic to rub on your skin! The directions tell you to attach the wide elastic along the bottom of the shelf bra where directly it would be against your body. No way... that would be painful the moment I start to move!! I serged my elastic underneath to hide it between the main and bra fabric. I also used a wider elastic 1" (2.5 cm) elastic. There are photos on my blog showing what I did.
There is elastic all around the armholes and neckline, something I'd usually not do for a running top, but it's meant to give some bust support. I used a technique I learned from Jalie patterns to attach this narrow elastic. The back straps have no elastic- I followed the directions and just folded the seam allowance under and did a twin needle top stitch- not the best finish but looks fine enough on the outside. Also the seam on the top of the bra inside is left raw and unfinished... I should have caught this, I would have like to finished it.
I also lengthened the bodice by 1.5" (3.8 cm) and went in on the back neck seam by about 1" (2.5 cm) to pull up the front some.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I might make this again minus the shelf bra-- as the bra is basically useless for what I want. I'd do some better seam finishing without elastic. Yes, this is a pretty cool looking top in back, try this top but note that it is very close fitting, use very stretchy (70%) material and the bra is very, very light duty.
Conclusion: The large, exposed areas of the back and shoulders feels really nice for hot days. I love those back straps. But I think I can make this better for my running.
Lots of photos showing my changes and how this fits here on my blog Kathy Sews.... plus some other activewear things I made this week, too!
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