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Pattern Review: Kwik Sew 3802 – The Goldilocks Knit Top

2014 January 16
by elizabeth_admin

So I have now sewn this pattern four times, but I’m just now reviewing it.  I bought the pattern so that I could make something for my best friend Cayce when she visited at Thanksgiving.  I sewed it up in a size XS and sent it to her to try on.  She loved it, but it needed a bit of taking in at the side seams.  While she has “large tracts of land” (i.e., a large bust), she is very petite.  She is a true hourglass figure, but with bird bones for a skeletal frame.  I just finished up her top with her fit changes today.  But here’s what it looked like when I first sewed it up.

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Of course, I had tried it on when I making it for her.  I loved the silhouette.  And the knit I had used for her was super stretchy.  It pretty much fit me, but felt a little tight in the shoulders and armscye.  I thought I could get away with that size though.  I made it up in a red metallic knit, same XS size, and tried it on.  It was some kind of mummy torture on my “tracts of land”.  I didn’t know if I would be able to breathe after 10 minutes of wearing it.  That top was immediately gifted to my sister for her birthday, the receiver of all my unintentional sewing.  Here’s a shot of my sister gloating I mean pleased that the XS size fit her perfectly and that she got a top made with a fabric which I have been hoarding ever since I bought it a few years ago.

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Sadly, I have only scraps left of that pretty, sparkly, red knit.  *Sigh*

I did, however, have enough of the striped knit that I used for Cayce’s top to make a matching top for me.  Why not?  She lives in Chicago and I live in San Diego.  We most likely will never wear these two tops together ever.  I was super smart and forward thinking and decided to cut the Medium size.  While this top is wearable, it is a might indecent if I bend over and it tends to show my bra straps sometimes.  It’s a wee bit large.  I will still wear it though.  It’s a very comfy top.

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Today, I made the alterations to Cayce’s top and “whipped up” another one for me in a brown and bronze striped knit using a size Small.  And here’s my review…

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Pattern Description:  Misses’ tops have self fabric neckband.  View A has a V-neckline, full length sleeves, and flared uneven bottom edge, sides are longer.  View B has a scoop neckline, short sleeves, and side seams are gathered with ribbon in casings.  I made View A but with the scoop neckline of View B.

Pattern Sizing:  XS, S, M, L, XL.  I made the XS for my sister and Cayce, the M next (which was a tad too big), and the S for my final version.  It was just right; just like Goldilocks.   This pattern is made for knits with at least 35% stretch across the grain, so it incorporates negative ease.  The sleeves on me were a tad long, but on Cayce and my sister, they were too short and I needed to add cuffs to the sleeves for them.  The top from under the bust down to the hem is a little too full for each size.  I took out about 1/2 to 3/4 inch out of each side seam tapering up to the bust.  That made for a more flattering fit.  Oh and I also took about 1.5 inches off the hem.  It seemed really long on me.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes, except for the change in neckline.  

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes!  Kwik Sew instructions are always great.  My only quibble was how to finish the hem with a coverstitch machine.  I couldn’t figure out how to use it to turn the sharp corners, so I either used the zig zag stitch for the entire hem or used the coverstitch on just the bottom hem and not the slit hems.  Any suggestions on how to use the coverstitch for the entire hem, sharp turns included?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  

LIKES:

  • Loved the silhouette of this top with the drapey hem.  
  • The scoop neckline is super flattering.  
  • Easy pattern

DISLIKES:

  • None really.  🙂  

Fabric used:  The blue/brown/cream stripey knit is from the National Swap meet.  The red sparkly knit…  I can’t remember where I bought that from.  The brown/bronze stripey knit I bought from Yardage Town with Susan of Knitter’s Delight.  All three knits have not one natural fiber among them.  

Pattern changes or design changes made:  Other than the fitting changes and the neckline switch, nope.

Any problems encountered during construction?  Phew!  Not this time, thankfully.

Any interesting design details in this pattern?  As I said earlier, I loved the silhouette, and it’s a great drapey top.

Which sewing machine(s) did you use for construction?  I used them all, pretty much.  It was an equal opportunity kind of opportunity.

Time to complete construction:  Hmm…  Today’s top, the brown one, probably took 3.5 hours all in (including cutting, and adding fusible stabilizer strips to the shoulder seams and the neckline).  Not too fast, not too slow.

Will you sew it again or recommend it to others?  I probably won’t make it in a sweater knit again, but I definitely will make it in a t-shirt knit if I come across one that would look good made up in this pattern.

Conclusion:  Great knit top pattern.  Wonderful silhouette and drape.  A keeper!

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Happy sewing everyone!

12 Responses leave one →
  1. Dilliander permalink
    January 16, 2014

    Lovely tops Elizabeth, this style really suits you. You tops are so much nicer too than the pattern sketch and you have the fit perfected as well 🙂 Lucky sister and friend.

  2. Hayley permalink
    January 16, 2014

    I just found this on how to turn a corner with a coverstitch, but haven’t tried it yet myself.

    http://sdbev.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/ks-2599-taking-corners-with-the-cover-stitch/

    On pattern review the general advice seems to be turning slowly a stitch at a time.

    Love the tops by the way, those necklines look great!

  3. January 16, 2014

    Love the tops! They all look cozy.

  4. January 16, 2014

    Lovely!
    I never thought about sharp corners with the coverstitch- you’re right, you can’t really stop and pivot. Hmmm. Can we page in Debbie, the coverstitch master? 🙂

  5. January 16, 2014

    This top looks SUPER on you. Makes you look so young and hip. LOVE IT! xos

  6. Judi permalink
    January 16, 2014

    Your sister’s fits her perfectly and she looks nice in red, as do you. I like both of yours! Taking the time to add stabilizer is worth it.

  7. January 16, 2014

    CUTE! The brown one looks like it fits perfectly. Love the fabric on the other versions as well.

  8. January 16, 2014

    So so pretty! Loving the red and the brown.

  9. January 17, 2014

    Hi, hope you don’t think I’m being a stalker but I noticed your comment about slopers on petite main sauvage blog. I am a longtime follower of your blog and I have watched your progress with the draping class, sorry that doesn’t appear to be working out as well as hoped. Just thought I’d let you know I am a newbie blogger but long time sewer and will be going into detail about drafting my own blocks for my ‘new normal’ shape. Perhaps some of my journey will be of help?

  10. January 17, 2014

    Your tops are so pretty and look great on you! I just made a similar top from Style Arc, but I love your neckline. I also found hemming the lower edges to be slightly tricky, but stabilized them with Steam-a-Seam after folding the edge followed by another fold and topstitching.

  11. January 17, 2014

    Those are really cute tops, very flattering and flowy. Lucky sis!

  12. April 22, 2014

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog! Now I am going to be a total blog stalker. I have been wanting to make a similar shirt ever since I saw my mom wearing one, but could never find a pattern. I never thought to check Kwik Sew!

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