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Reviewed by:Lucy in Virginia
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Posted on:1/24/14 12:03 PM
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Project Photo:Kwik Sew: 3976 by Lucy in Virginia

Kwik Sew: 3976 by Lucy in Virginia  Kwik Sew: 3976 by Lucy in Virginia  
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Pattern Rating:Mediocre Pattern
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 1 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $11.99 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Slinky  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Loose fitting pull-over bat wing style tops have curved bottom edge, self-facing at front neck edge, stitched hems. View B has contrast sleeves. I made view A. From the technical drawing, which is what drew me to this pattern, the top looks like a half circle.

Pattern Sizing:
XS to XL. Based on ClickHere" target="_blank">CommanderKerry's review, I went ahead and made a straight Medium.

Not sure why my pictures are sideways, but these are shown with Silhouette 3400 Yoga Pants, which I love--review to come.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, kind of.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very, very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I think KwikSew is being disingenuous in their instructions now. The introductions say "5/8" seam allowance unless otherwise specified." Then when you go to the garment instruction part, it's says at the beginning of the instructions for each view 1/4 inch seams, so they haven't changed the 1/4 inch seam tradition at all. (Small seam allowances leave little wiggle room for mistakes, so you have to pay a lot more attention to what you're doing or don't be lazy and ADD more!)

The pattern calls for narrow hems. I don't like narrow hems on knits, especially knits that like to curl. I like to fuse narrow tape to the hems to prevent stretching and curling and then use my serger's cover stitch when I can, and these are too small for that--the tape will show. If you sew this, I recommend adding to the hem to avoid this. My hems do curl a bit, which would have been prevented if I could had used the tape.

I really liked the cowl.

Fabric Used:
A gorgeous brown, cream and black leopard print slinky I bought from Emma Seabrooke at the 2009 Sewing and Quilt Expo in 2009. Her website is here. I really like the feel of this material--sooo soft!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None, except that I sewed it on my serger. It is voluminous enough that you don't need an FBA, forward shoulder or slight hump back adjustment.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This top is very loose fitting and more like a tunic or short dress on me than a top. I think it is not so flattering on a petite figure. I will probably not sew again.

When I first saw the technical drawing, I thought of a 1920's flapper dress with fluttery sleeves and slim long skirt. I think the woman in my vision was tall--NOT like me.

I saved this rather strange looking top from being a wadder with a chunky belt and slim pants. I was very pleased with the results of this and wore the outfit to work. To my delight, I got many many compliments. So now I'm rethinking some of my initial meh's, and uh-hems.

If you're tall, I think you should give this one a shot, if not--maybe not.

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nicegirl said...
What a fun top! I think it looks very stylish and not overwhelming at all the way you have it styled. Nice job.
1/24/14 2:07 PM
Sheseams said...
Thanks for the heads up, Ive noticed also that many of the instructions in sewing pattern today are mediocre at best. Nothing compared to 10 15 years ago when my Aunt sewed a lot.
1/24/14 4:54 PM
carolynw said...
Looks very pretty
1/25/14 12:50 PM
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