Thursday, January 21, 2010
The not-so-quick-sew Kwik Sew 3338
Here's the deal:when it comes to wovens I have good theory and sound practice. When it comes to knits I have a little theory and virtually no practice. When I sew a knit, I remember what it is like to be a floundering beginner. I am even a little nervous, certainly hesitant and with wavering confidence.
I started with the Kwik Sew pattern so beautifully made up by EmilyKate. I had no idea what to do about size, so I started with a large and pinned it in fabric. Far too tight across the bust, too loose across the back. Did a FBA on the front, removed the excess through waist and hip. Shoulder and upper body still too large - the scoop neck will not sit flat, there is not enough tension in the sizing to force it to hold its shape. Now I know, I need to start with a medium and grade up, not start with a large and grade down.
I love the colour and the stripe is not so pronounced in its contrast as to create too unforgiving a vertical line. TMB says it looks nice, and about such matters he does not lie, subjected as he is to forced appraisals about every single thing I sew. He has learned over the years that a frank opinion is what is required: he gets hounded far more with "are you sure it looks nice" if he says it all looks nice, but the occasional "it's not your best look" buys him a little respite.
Cost: Fabric - cotton/lycra Global fabrics 40% off VIP price $12, Kwik sew pattern $18, thread $1 = $31.