Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Kwik sew 3338, Westie Style.
With the leftover fabric from my last Kwik sew attempt, I made another one, but you don't want to see that because it looks exactly like the previous one, only smaller, because I cut the whole thing down a size.
This version, however, looks nothing like the previous kwik sew attempt. As soon as I saw the fabric I'm thinking it had Westie chic written all over it. For the non-cognoscenti, this from Wikipedia:
The westie persona:
...This stereotype depicts people from the outer suburbs as unintelligent, undereducated, unmotivated, unrefined, lacking in fashion sense, working-class or unemployed. Clothing such as flannelette shirts, Ugg boots, and leopard-print fabric are associated with the stereotype, as are the "uniform" of black t-shirt and ripped jeans. Clothing associated with the female westie includes jeans with tassels and tight-fitting tops, often white.
And lo! Wearing a hat all day has almost given me a mullet.
To get the good fit you now see on this top, this is what I did to the pattern. I cut it to a medium and did a one inch FBA splitting the dart between the side, the armhole and the shoulder. This gave me a super tiny dart which I could then ease into the side seams without gathering stitches. For this top I manipulated the dart to the hem and then gathered onto the band. I cut 3 inches off the bottom of the pattern and doubled it lengthwise to form the band which I then neatened and slanted at either ends so it could be tied. I didn't remove the seam allowance, which I should have actually, because it's slightly too long - you can see it has rippled up on the back.
But please note, no back fat! (if a tee is too tight it'll cling to the rolls, yes sad but true that one must consider these things) So now the front and back of the tee fit well.
I twin needled the front band to keep the seam lying down, as well as the hems on the sleeves to keep them stretchy.
To complete the look, I'd need some white stretch jeans - just as well I'm expecting a parcel in the post from Jalie!
Costings: thread $3.80, tracing paper $1, fabric, $8, Global Fabrics sale = $12.80