Saturday, June 23, 2012
Part of my return to sewing is due to the fact that I got the AC installed in my workroom. I don't use it except to cool the room so that it's bearable, but without it the room is truly unbearable - up to 20 degrees hotter than outside unbearable. Even the cats don't want me to sew when it's like that.
Here's the patternreview for KS 3036:
Pattern Description: Misses' very close fitting pullover tops have short hemmed dolman sleeves. Views A, B and D have necklines finished with narrow hems. View A has round neckline, View B has scoop neckline, View C has cowl collar. View D has bias cut front and back with center front and back seams and boat neckline.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. KwikSew never has the most exciting line drawings, and actually their photography can be even worse. But this top has good bones, and that's really all you need to see.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very. They're almost non-existent, but so are the seams in this top. Shoulders, sides, hems, done.
Fabric Used: Blue/black/gray zigzag jersey picked up (I think) at Jomar in Philadelphia. Either Jomar or Kashi, but if it was Kashi, I probably would have gotten 2 yards.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I don't like necklines that are just hemmed. Maybe it's because I don't have a serger, but I think bands look neater, so that's what I did. Plus it gave me a chance to use the brightest zigzag for contrast. I did hems for the sleeves and the bottom, and I even remembered to dig out the Steam-a-Seam so I didn't have to fight to make the hems not ripply. Yay me! for taking the time to do a simple knit top right. (It still took no time at all).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I can see this one becoming a staple in my wardrobe. It's simple enough to show off a great print, of which I have (too) many, and it takes so little time that you can knock it out in an afternoon. I think I'm going to lengthen it next and make a simple dress from it.
Conclusion: I don't know why, but every so often, I need to be reminded that I love KwikSew. This reminded me.
On the homefront, I spent some time today trying to locate a new hen for the backyard and I think I've got one lined up. The husband said I could have one, but after saying that, he said he'd have to clear it with his wife. I haven't heard from her yet, but I have a few other ideas if this one doesn't pan out.