Friday, June 24, 2011

Another Top

Day 22 - I wore this new top made during the week.  I still need to alter the sleeve length.  I was measured for sleeve length at my sewing guild meeting but as I quite often find the measurement was not accurate.  It' needs to be shortened by about 3-4 cm.  For a review of this pattern see below.

 Me Looking at Kushka (the cat)

Day 23 
My purple dress revisited.  This dress is so comfortable to wear it just might become my new favourite dress.  I needed to try something a bit different for my photos and D took this one while I was mucking around.

This month has been very busy for me in terms of having so many things crop up that have prevented me from doing that which I love the most.....Sewing!  Therefore, I have not added very many me made items to my wardrobe.  I have been so busy I haven't even had time to blog.  I promise I will be more consistent in the future.

Me-made  June is almost over now and as a result of this challenge I have discovered that I have definite gaps in my wardrobe.  The most obvious is that I do not have many casual things to wear.  I have quite a few clothes for work, probably more than I need (I only work part time) and I tend to live in RTW jeans and tops when not working, sadly my tops only come in black and white which I must say I am finding quite boring these days.  I have several in both colours.  Also, I do not possess many jumpers/sweaters for the colder months.  Currently I am knitting a jumper for the winter but aah...alas I was having problems with the sizing and consequently have knitted and re-knitted the back and sleeve several times.  I gave up on that pattern and bought a new one to follow and seem to be having more success this time around but I am sooo.... over it at the moment.  Maybe it will be finished for next winter. LOL

 Pattern:  Kwik Sew 3617, View A

Pattern Description:
Pullover close fitting top. View A has a scoop neckline and wide neckband. View B has V-neckline, gathered neckband with elastic, and extended shoulders forming cap sleeves

Pattern Sizing:
XS-XL I cut the medium size

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it did

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very Easy

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the fit of this pattern. It fits closely but not too tight. I thought the way the neckband was attached was a bit fiddly. I overlocked/serged both layers together instead of attaching the neckband and then turning over the facing and stitching as described in the instructions.

Fabric Used:
I used two different types of polyester jersey knits

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made my usual changes for a short waist and sleeve but I also made this pattern longer. I also added a tab and button on the contrast neckband.

 Close up of tab detail

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes definitely. I have already made a second version and shortened the sleeve to three quarter length and added a contrast band.

I would recommend this pattern as it was easy to construct and can be changed easily for different looks. It makes a great wardrobe builder.

Till next time 
Cheers & creativity


  1. Thanks for the review! Your new top looks fabulous, and definitely not black-and-white boring :D
    The button at the neckline is a cute detail...

  2. I love that Kwik sew top. It fits you so well. I recently came into a couple of knit fabrics, so I will definitely be looking into this pattern. The thing is I have never made anything with a Kwik sew pattern before. How good are their instructions?

  3. Fab top.. Detail really make it cool.


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