Saturday, January 16, 2010

KwikSew 3338 - The Review

Pattern Description:
Close-fitting pullover tops designed for stretch knits.

Pattern Sizing:

I made a size S with my personal measurements being at the very top edge of the pattern's size S. I find the fit on me to be close and needing a knit that stretches easily but not so tight that it is a body conscious type fit. My DD prefers a closer fit in the rayon lycra fabrics so I chose a size smaller than her "correct" pattern size for those tees.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, very much.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are clear, simple, and easy to follow. The crewneck and the scoopneck have different neckline finishes. I made view B and C with the scoopneck but chose to use the neckline finish KwikSew suggests for crewneck view A in this pattern.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like everything about this top! It is feminine and flattering in all the right ways. The scoop neckline has a nice open curve and isn't overly low and revealing. The shoulders feel great and it is very comfortable to wear.

Fabric Used:
The print is a lighter weight rayon lycra from Gorgeous Fabrics. This top is a size S.

This gray one is a midweight rayon lycra also from Gorgeous Fabrics. This top is a size XS.

I also used an all cotton interlock with just enough stretch, an organic cotton baby rib knit, a polyester lycra blend, and a cotton lycra blend. My favorite is the organic cotton baby rib knit (from

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added length to the body and sleeves, two inches for me and a little more for my longer limbed DD. It is such a luxury for both of us to have sleeves that are long enough. We will never make do with RTW again.

I also curved in more at the side seams around waist. The pattern has a bit of shaping there but DD and I both need about 1/4 inch more taken off each seam.

With the extra length and shaped waist the tee fits DD perfectly but the front looked too long and droopy on my small busted self. I ended up simply cutting off 1/2 inch at the shoulder on the front pattern pieces. This worked perfectly. The neckline sits a little higher but I like that. I moved the shoulder point on the sleeve back 1/4 inch when I sewed the sleeves on and I didn't have any problem putting the sleeve into the somewhat smaller armscye. Knits are very forgiving that way!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have sewn about twenty of these and I will definitely keep sewing this pattern.

Excellent tee shirt pattern!