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Pattern Review: Kwik Sew 3661 Leggings

2014 March 14
by elizabeth_admin

I’m so excited folks!  I have a new TNT pattern, KS 3661.  I have been dying to get a better fit for leggings since making the test run of  McCalls 6173.  I could only find the pattern envelope with the larger sizes locally and I didn’t want to buy off the website and then get even more patterns I would never get to in the pattern stash.  So the resulting ponte knit leggings weren’t quite the right fit for me.  That’s not to say M6173 is a bad pattern at all, just that I couldn’t get the right size for me locally.  At any rate, back to the task at hand, a pattern review…

Kwik Sew 3661

Kwik Sew 3661

 

Pattern Description:  Misses’ Leotard, Leggings and Skirt.  I made the leggings today, but that skirt looks pretty cute and I might make that soon too!

Pattern Sizing:  XS – XL.  I made the medium and the fit is pretty good right out of the envelope.  I only had to add a little height to the waist at the back, about a 1/4 inch, tapering to 0 at the side to accommodate my backside.  :/

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes!  Well, except I made it in a graffiti print and my thighs are a little more generous than the model’s on the envelope.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes, super easy.  Kwik Sew has great instructions, especially for knits.  This is a really easy pattern to sew, so not much to confuse a beginner.  The only quibble I had was the suggested measurement for each size of the elastic, but I think one should always use one’s waist measurement to determine the length of elastic.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  

LIKES: 

  • Easy, one pattern piece.
  • Quick, like super quick.
  • Does not fabric hog since it’s a cropped legging.

DISLIKES:

  • NONE!

Fabric used:  The same knit I used for this top.  It’s a perfect weight for leggings too.  I bought it from Yardage Town.  Love this graffiti print to pieces!

Pattern changes or design changes made:  Other than the height added to the back waist I mentioned above, nothing!

Any problems encountered while sewing this pattern?  Nope, nada, zilch!  Woo hoo!!

How long did it take you to make it really?  From tracing the sz medium to putting the hems on the legs, about 1.5 hours.  It will be even quicker next time since I won’t have to trace or dither about the elastic length.  🙂

Which sewing machine(s) did you use for construction?  I used my serger for the construction, the Featherweight for the elastic, and the coverstitch for the waist casing and the leg hems.

Will you sew it again or recommend it to others?  Definitely. This pattern is a keeper.  Kwik Sew really knows their knit patterns.  The leggings are a great intro to knits for beginners.  It’s a quick and gratifying project.  I already have some knits in the stash that I’ll use real soon.  I want to try that skirt pattern too!

Conclusion:  Really great basic leggings pattern.  Quick to sew.  Easy to alter.  Great for beginners.  Buy this pattern!

Here are the pictures…

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Happy sewing everyone!

7 Responses leave one →
  1. Shams permalink
    March 14, 2014

    Those are great, Elizabeth! Fun fabric and a good fit! (Isn’t it nice not to worry about an FBA?)

  2. March 14, 2014

    Those look awesome! The print is fantastic. I was planning on picking up some Kwik Sew leggings at a Hancock sale tomorrow, but I think a different pattern number. I do love the way Kwik Sew knit patterns fit – definitely drafted for people with curves.

    • March 15, 2014

      Funnily enough they were out of the leggings pattern I was looking for, so I ended up getting this one instead! Your review convinced me this would be a good substitute. Thanks!

  3. March 14, 2014

    You hit a home run with this pattern!

  4. March 15, 2014

    Those look great. Congrats.

  5. March 15, 2014

    These look great! I may have to look through my KS patterns to see if I have a legging pattern – always on the lookout for new workout leggings. Love the fabric!

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