September 27, 2010

Kwik Sew Dress

I recently finished making my first Kwik Sew pattern.  The project was a major success, and this is probably the most pleased I've been with any of my sewing projects in a long time.  It is shapely without being tight, trimmed with a white grosgrain ribbon, and the final look is absolutely work appropriate, making this dress one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe.  I also love the design's mod, semi-retro look.

This was my first Kwik Sew pattern, and the S/M/L sizing through me for a bit of a loop; especially as the pattern directions clearly warn you not to grade between sizes.  I was a 'small' on top and a 'medium' through the waist and hips.  And I detest making garments that turn out baggy in the shoulders and neckline.  But with a college fashion design class in my sewing armory, however, I decided not to heed the warning and I went for the grading.  I did alright until I got to the front side panels that make up the princess seaming.  I didn't lengthen these pieces enough at first, but, lucky me, I had plenty of extra fabric.  I fixed my pattern pieces, recut the fabric, and continued on without a hitch.  I'm very happy I went through all the extra work to redraw all of the bodice pattern pieces, as this dress fits me perfectly. I have also purchased another Kwik Sew pattern, 3463, and am really looking forward to making both the leggings and the tops this coming winter.


  1. Cute! I made this one out of silk suiting and LOVE it to death! Here's the link to mine.

  2. What a fantastic blog! Love the dress. Keep up the good work!