When I took sewing lessons years ago, the patterns she preferred to use to teach us newbies came from the KwikSew line. They really aren't half bad--the instructions are pretty clear, the pieces sturdy, and the designs are cute (for the most part). The fit isn't always the best, but I suppose that really just comes down to your body type versus how the designer drafted the pattern (though I never seem to have such issues with Vogue or Jalie patterns). Anyway, this is the last top I made for myself this summer.
Disclaimer: I took these photos after work tonight, when the sun was descending and shining into the room and hitting the mirror in that way that makes annoying shimmery lights show up in photos. My options were to have everything look yellowish in indoor lighting, or to make it look like a bag of flour recently exploded on me. I went with the floured look, because what is life without whimsy?
This is KwikSew 4160. It has a cute collar option I was considering making, but I left it off as I could see it being super hot (just as it's been here lately in Philly) and me getting very annoyed by it, so I went with the basic faced v-neck.
Those gathers drove me insane. I feel like gathers in knits are ridiculously tricky, and this is a thin rayon knit that was quite slippery, so my temper flared more than once, that's for sure. I wasn't sure if I wanted that tab on the front or just the gathers, but I went with the band. Somehow, though it looked perfectly straight, it got twisted in the wash, so I had to pick the stitches out and restitch it. That band is now necessary because the fabric is so fine that I knicked a wee hole in it that the band is now covering. So shhhhh--don't tell anybody, m'kay?
One little mental issue I have with this shirt is that I feel like all that fabric in the front makes me look pregnant. It's a comfortable shirt--very soft, just the right kind of roomy--and not terribly unflattering. I guess it's just a style I'm not used to.
I suppose it's a good thing that nobody asked if I was indeed pregnant. Anyway--I do have a question for those of you experienced with sewing knits. Every time I sew a hem on knits, it looks terrible. I've tried different needles, stitch lengths, and tension settings, and I get the same results--
This drives me bonkers. What am I missing? Any advice?