Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kwik Sew 3694

In the interest of sparking a little sewing mojo, I went hunting for a quick and easy knit top pattern. The last time Kwik Sew went on sale, I picked up 3694 on a whim.
You can't get much more quick and easy than this - 3 pattern pieces and only a couple of seams. The only tricky part was the layout. Since the pieces are asymmetrical, you have to lay them out in a single layer on 60 inch wide fabric. You do need the width, too. This pattern is a serious fabric hog!
The front and back pattern pieces differ only in the neckline, so all the seams are the same - no easing, just sew. I chose to make the small size, even though the pattern measurements put me squarely in the medium size range. I was going for a somewhat closer fit than the envelope models.
The casing on the side is formed with the seam allowances of the side seam, which are stitched down on either side and a self fabric spaghetti strap is laced through the casings and drawn up to gather the side. I bound the neckline with my coverstitch machine, so I didn't use the facing strip included in the pattern.
The fabric is used is a rib knit from fabric.com. It was originally a creme color, but I accidentally washed it with some bright red yardage, so now it is a pinkish tie dye. Oops. I used it as a wearable muslin of sorts, since I wasn't sure about the style. I really like it, but now I'm not sure that I want to use the fabric I had initially paired it with. It is a very fine jersey with a soft gold finish. It's very drapey, which is so different from this firm rib knit. I'm not sure I'll like it as well, but I do have a couple of interlocks I think would be awesome.

8 comments:

  1. I like it! It's different than just a regular tee with the casings/ties on the side and the dolman sleeves. Fun!

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  2. Cute! I like yours better than the pattern envelop.

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  3. That's a beautiful top and you look just marvy in it!

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  4. This is an interesting style - I really like it. The batwings aren't extreme and the tie detail is great. It's perfect with your bell-bottoms, too!

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  5. I may have to pick up this pattern, it looks great!

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  6. Usually, it's my husband who thinks something's colorfast and mixes colors! But at least he does all the laundry, so I'll never complain. Your top looks good in that heavy knit, but I think you're right that it wouldn't work well in a lightweight knit.

    And I'm glad to see that you're not standing in knee-deep snow!

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  7. What a fun design, kimono sleeves and ruching on the sides. You look great in it!

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  8. Really cute, and right on trend!

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