Monday, April 16, 2007

Kwik Sew 3285 wrap

Reviewed by:Ann Smith
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Posted on:5/16/05 5:57 PM
Last Updated:5/16/05 6:24 PM
Pattern Size:Regular
Project Photo:photo
Pattern Photo:Kwik Sew 3285
Kwik Sew Pattern Information
Pattern Rating:I would definitely sew this pattern again
See other patterns in this category:Vest Top Coat/Jacket Suits / Separates Skirt
Available for sale on PR: Yes

Pattern Description: This pattern includes a wrap top with no closure with full length sleeves and a close fitting tube top. I made the wrap.

Pattern Sizing: The sizing range is XS to XL included in one pattern.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except it is longer than the pattern drawing shows. Their picture makes it appear to fall to about the knee. I'm short but not that short!

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are fine. This is a super simple garment and very few instructions are necessary. If you know how to set in a sleeve and to turn under edges with a top stitch finish you know all you need to know.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love a dramatic wrap. This is exactly like some I saw in the stores this year made out of sweater knits. I made this one as a muslin and will make it again in some beautiful jersey for a fall outfit. There are only 2 pattern pieces, a long rectangle and a sleeve. You just cut out ovals from the rectangle at the designated place for the armholes. Then set in the sleeves and finish the edges.

One negative...the sleeves are very narrow. I cut the garment out in the small size and started sewing. The sleeves were way too tight in the upper arm. I've never had trouble with tight sleeves before. Fortunately I had enough fabric to cut new sleeves in the medium size. Since Kwik Sew only has 3/8" seam allowances I didn't have enough extra to make the small sleeves wide enough. The medium sleeves worked fine.

Fabric Used: A lacy, open, off white knit from EOS. It wasn't quite what I expected it to be when it arrived and I didn't want to use it for the original purpose. So I decided to use it as a trial of this pattern before I cut into the beloved fabric.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: As noted, went up a size from my usual in the sleeves.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I will definitely sew it again. I may shorten the length of the rectangle so that it doesn't hang down quite so long on short me.

Conclusion A lovely wrap that seems like a shawl but stays put better because of the sleeves. Here's the back.

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