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Posted on:2/16/14 4:52 PM
Project Photo:Kwik Sew: 3883 by carrie18584

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Kwik Sew Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Available for sale on PR: $11.49 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Shirting - Cotton  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Slightly fitted shirts have left front tab, double yoke, collar with collar stand, patch breast pocket and shirt-tail hemline. View A has full length sleeves with cuffs and sleeve placket. View B has short hemmed sleeves.

Pattern Sizing:
S-XXL, Neck sizing 14.5 - 18.5"

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think it did. I made a few changes but they didn't substantially change the look of the shirt.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were great! The only other button up shirt I had sewn was the Archer and these instructions were a little different at points. I liked how they have you sew the cuffs and collar stand on first to the inside and then sew on the exterior seam second. I think it makes topstitching so much easier because you don't need to constantly make sure that you're catching the folded inside edge (hope this makes sense!). Also liked the burrito method to sew down the yoke facing. Very clean finishes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really liked the sizes offered in this pattern - my fiancé is 6'4" and not the skinniest...so finding men's patterns in his size wasn't easy.
I wasn't so keen on the 1/4" seam allowances at first...but it was actually quite nice while sewing that the SA don't get in the way as much. It was a pain to try to keep my serger within those 1/4" SA though...

Fabric Used:
Wrinkle-free cotton shirting from Fabric Mart.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Fiance wanted me to recreate his favorite Lands End pattern. My plan was to cut up one of his older shirts and trace it to make a pattern. After cutting it up though, I decided that the collar and collar stand most likely stretched out during wearing, washing, cutting, and ironing and I didn’t want to have to worry about the collar being too big to attach. So, instead, I compared all the pieces and made changed to the Kwik Sew to try to get it more similar to his shirt, this way I kept the collar dimensions from the pattern. I made the following changes:
- Lengthened the side seams (not the front and back however, I was surprised how long they already were!)
- Added a back center pleat
- Narrowed the arms and shortened the sleeve cuffs by quite a bit (~3 inches)

I omitted some details from this shirt - the front pocket and the buttons to hold down the collar (not sure of the technical term). I left them off because I didn’t want to put in the extra effort when I didn’t know if the shirt was even going to fit! I'll include them next time

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I'm pretty sure I'll be making this again. I'm afraid I'm going to be asked to make all the shirts in his wardrobe now...

Conclusion:
I was so nervous to make my first menswear garment...but I'm quite pleased with the result! A great pattern for all sizes! More on blog
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RMJ said...
Looks great!
2/16/14 5:56 PM
Joan Morley said...
You've inspired me; I'm going to make one! Nice job. I like the back pleat, too.
2/16/14 6:41 PM
jnamcd said...
Nice job!
2/17/14 7:21 PM
 
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