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Kwik Sew 3510 Pattern Review

2009 December 23
by elizabeth_admin

Kwik Sew 3510

I just uploaded my review on Pattern Review, but here it is here!

Pattern Description:  Toddlers’ pajamas. View A pull-over top has crew neckline with neckband, full length sleeves with cuffs, and front from contrast fabric. Pants have cuffs and elastic in casing at waist. View B pull-over top has crew neckline, short sleeves, and contrast fabric lettuce edged ruffles at neckline, sleeves and bottom edge. Shorts have elastic in casing at waist and leg openings.  I made view A for both the girls and boys.

Pattern Sizing: T1-T4.  I made three sizes, T2-T4.  All were pretty dead on for sizing. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes, even better as I used really cute fabrics. (if I do say so myself)  😉 

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Very easy!  I am pattern reading challenged and I understood these from beginning to end on the first read. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I liked the sturdy pattern paper (this is my first KS pattern).  I liked the simplicity of the pattern and the clear instructions.  The PJ’s are less fitted than RTW, but I like that.   I also liked that you can almost completely construct this garment on your serger, which I did, except for the hem of the shirt and the waist of the pants.  I also managed to serge some pins.  I hope my serger knife is still ok.  🙁

No dislikes at all!  🙂

Fabric Used:  I used cotton knits from The Fabric Fairy for the prints and for the cuffs/contrast pieces, I used a ribbed cotton knit from Fabric.com.  I loved the super softness of the boy’s tools fabric.  The girl’s hearts print was less soft, but still soft.  I bought other prints as well, but didn’t use them… yet! 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I did not make any alterations to the patterns. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  DEFINITELY.  I made this up four times already (one for each of the kids in my extended family and my own son for Xmas).  I plan on making my son’s jammies from now on.  One caveat, it’s not cheaper than buying them from the Gap or Old Navy, but the satisfaction that you made them yourself for your loved one can’t be beat.  

Conclusion:  This is a great basic pattern.  The star in this pattern is the fabric choice and the child in the PJ’s of course.  I loved making these and will do so again and again.  It’s not as fast a project as I thought, but I am a beginner and still a little on the slow side.  For an experienced sewist, this should be a 1-2 hour project from cutting to finish.  It took me an average of 3 hours for each of the four I made due to various user errors I made.  😉 

Now for some pics.  I am repeating Katie’s and Thor’s pictures because they are so stinking cute.  And I will have pics of Jack and Haley after our trip to San Diego.  I also have some close up shots. 

Thor saying "Cheese!"

Katie looking super duper cute!

Haley's PJ's, neck closeup

interior of PJ top

PJ Pants with elasticized waist

Closeup of elasticized waist

The best I could do with the stretch stitch

As you can see above, the stretch stitch is a little wonky still.  After the trouble I was having with it two nights ago, this is markedly better.  Not sure why it’s still not even though.  I took the suggestions of the commenters  and Karen, and changed my needle, rethreaded the machine and bobbin as well as cleaned out the bobbin case and it started working again.  The weird thing though was that the bobbin case didn’t even look dirty or dusty.  Strange!  

Anyway, I am really pleased with how the jammies came out and am super proud to give them as presents this Xmas.  I loved seeing Katie, Thor and Jack in their jammies and can’t wait to see Haley in hers.  I haven’t even started Haley’s hat and mittens set yet, so I am a little stressed about that, but tonight’s another crafting night, so at least I’ll get started.  

I have one or two posts planned over the next week even though Jack and I will be traveling to San Diego to visit my family over the holidays.  When we get back, I have so much sewing I want to do and none of it is SWAG (aka Sewing With A Grudge — stolen from The Selfish Seamstress).  🙂

Happy Holidays to you all!  I wish you lots of fabric and yarn and the time to sew and knit with it. 

Elizabeth

7 Responses leave one →
  1. Nikki permalink
    December 23, 2009

    I love the way that this is written. You weave a fine tale my friend. And look at THOR, my God! He is so big and handsome!!!

  2. CGCouture permalink
    December 23, 2009

    I’m a beginner too, but someone very wise in the world of knits told me to try using a stretch twin needle for hems instead of a stretch stitch–if you loosen the bobbin it looks just like a coverhem from the top and has a stretchy zig-zag on the bottom. Use some fusible knit interfacing strips along your hem to help stabilize it without losing it’s elasticity.

    Also, I am using a KS pj pattern too–not the same one as you, but if it has you sew the elastic and casing altogether with the zipper foot (like they instruct on my pattern), I think it’s still faster (and easier) to just make a casing and pull the elastic through–or at least it was for me–shaved about 20 minutes of futzing with the fabric and elastic off of the sewing time. 20 minutes is a lot when you have so precious little sewing time as it is. 🙂 HTH!

    Oh! And the pj’s are darling, of course! 😉

  3. CGCouture permalink
    December 23, 2009

    Oops! You don’t loosen the bobbin, you loosen the tension dial on the machine…I’m not sure what I was thinking when I wrote that. I’m sorry!

  4. December 23, 2009

    I love Kwik Sew patterns. I think you would enjoy my daughters blog. She sews for her children and has lots of ideas. I’ll pass your blog along to her also.
    http://colescornerandcreations.blogspot.com/

  5. December 24, 2009

    Hello. I enjoy your blog. These patterns are cute. BTW: I was in your area (lower Manhattan) on 11/7 for a one day trip @ the Garment District and in Long Island for 4 days 12/17-12/21 (one of my nephews lives there and was in a basketball tournament). We were stranded due to the snow and blizzard Sunday. I have a few Kwik Sew patterns, but need to take the time to use them. 🙂

  6. Ellen permalink
    December 28, 2009

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I love the jammies! I have a 9 year old daughter and would love to use the valentines heart fabric to make her some jammies. (I think I would use KWIK SEW pattern 3275 Girl’s Sleep Pants & Shirts and applique a heart on them- on the shirt I think). I looked on fabric fairy and couldn’t find the fabric- do you know the name of it?

    I also have another question for you. When you get a chance, is it possible to email me back? You can reach me at ellenm@kwiksew.com.

    Thanks!
    Ellen

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