Tuesday, June 10, 2008

June Capsule - 3 Items completed - Pictures, Reviews and Details

Ready for a long post? I finished 3 garments this week all from my Storyboard and I only have one more to go. I am going to review 2 of the garments here, refer you to another blog post on a third garment and hopefully start sewing on my last garment tonight.

Let's start with the blouse.

Pattern: Kwik Sew 3620
Description: Misses’ Fitted blouses have v-neckline, collar, bust darts, back waist darts, and front button closure. View A has three-quarter sleeves finished with facings and wide ties attached in the seams. View B has shawul collar, short sleeves with elastic rolled into casings and back ties attached in waist darts.

Sizing: XS to XL, I made the Small. If I only looked at the standard measurements on the pattern envelope, I would have made the Medium. After referring to the finished measurements on the pattern envelope, I made a small and it fits perfectly. There was more than enough ease to justify a smaller size and the blouse is just right.

Instructions: The instructions were very thorough and understandable. Kwik Sew always does such a nice job.
Likes/Dislikes: I liked the look of this blouse, reminds me of this blouse from Burda World of Fashion Magazine August 2007.

I knew Kwik Sew would be easier to make and I liked the three-quarter sleeve option. I really like the wide ties, flattering to wear and gives a nice waist definition.

I really didn’t have any dislikes.

Changes: I added 1” to the length of the body and the sleeves. The pattern has you turn the wide ties under and topstitch, I thought this wouldn’t be the nicest look for the ties. I had enough fabric to cut 4 ties and just sew two ties together, turn right side out, press and topstitch. A more finished look, the only reason not to do this would be if your fabric was too heavy. I also topstitched the front of the blouse and collar.

Fabric: A stretch shirting from Gorgeous Fabrics

Conclusion: I love, love my blouse. It fits perfectly and I think it looks great on, hope that is how it looks to others. This pattern gives you such a nice garment and it is just as the name states Kwik!

Here is with my pants.
A close-up of the blouse.
Now let's talk pants. You can read my orginal review at this blog post the pants are at the end of the post. My changes on these pants, I had to take them in about 1/2" on each side and I made the dart in the back a bit bigger. My first pair of Ottobre pants were from Wal-Mart fabric and it must have a great amount of lycra or elastine. The fabric would shrink before your eyes if I steamed the pants too much. So as a muslin, it wasn't the best indicator of size. I did taper the legs a bit more, I thought the black and white seersucker would look too much like pajama pants if I left them with the wide leg look. To make them look a bit dressier, I added faux back pockets. I just made a flap for each side and added a button. Take a look:
Full back length. I like these so much, cool and comfortable. I don't remember where I bought the seersucker but I had just enough, barely squeaked the pants from my yardage.
Pattern Review

Pattern: Burda World of Fashion 3/2008 #122
Description: A-line skirt with two lengths

Sizing: 38 to 46, I made a 38 and it fit perfectly.

Instructions: I really didn’t look at them, this is and easy skirt with basic construction.
Likes/Dislikes: I liked the classic look. I wanted a simple skirt for my textured black fabric. I was just flipping through my BWOF magazines for a pattern and this line drawing caught my eye.

Changes: No changes.

Fabric: A Nanette Lepore cotton fabric with a diagonal pattern (tone-on-tone). I purchased this from Ressy’s coop a couple of years ago.

Conclusion: Great pattern with a classic style
My eyes are closed in one of the pictures, sorry. My photographer wasn't too interested in taking pictures. She wanted to play ball with her sister and wanted me to finish up so I could play, too!

I am pleased with my garments for ASG convention. I received my packet yesterday about the convention and it stated that the classrooms might be cool. My next garment is the Kwik Sew jacket.


  1. Fantastic collection of clothes so far, Lori. I love that blouse!! I bought this pattern too but it got put aside. Your post has reminded me I must pull it out again come spring.

  2. Anonymous7:22 PM

    love the red shirt and pants, now that is SUMMER, you look great!

  3. Great looking pieces! That top is going on my list!

  4. Wow, everything looks great on you. Those pants are amazing!

  5. I echo what everyone else said - awesome wardrobe pieces! I adore that blouse, I might just get that pattern - too cute for words!

  6. Very nice! I have that blouse pattern and I really must get to it soon. Yours looks great.

  7. Anonymous11:14 PM

    Fabulous pieces. I especially love the seersucker pants and the pocket detail you added.

  8. I love these and can't wait to see the next piece!

  9. Agree on all comments. This is becoming a lovely capsule. One of my fabrics bought last weekend will be a skirt, your skirt might be the one for the fabric. Thanks for showing it.

  10. Love your pieces!! That top is FAB!

  11. Lori...wow..great garments...as usual. Love the red blouse with the seersucker pants...great combo!

    Pam, from ~Off The Cuff Style~

  12. I have eyed this blouse pattern for sometime now, thinking like you it is similar to the BWOF one. I like the way yours look and I think the ties will give a waist definition that truly appeals to me.

    Liking the garments you have made. Pants look nice as does the skirt with this blouse.

  13. Your blouse choice was a good one, seeing how the Burda is actually drafted with a drop shoulder, which is not shown in the picture. But it is evident in the pattern sleeve. I like the collar on the Kwik Sew on better.

    I like your skirt. I have this pattern on my to do list. Did you cut the fabric on the bias or straight of grain?

  14. These will look perfect on me! Can you get mine done in time to bring them to ASG? ;)

  15. Great pieces! I love the tie detail on the blouse and the pointy flaps on the pants. The shape of that skirt looks very flattering; I'll have to dig out that BWOF issue and make one.

  16. Great wardrobe items! They look great on you, well done!

  17. Anonymous6:08 PM

    It all looks great. You've got a good figure. Wish I had the same. I would be more inspired to sew than I already am.

  18. You put together a great little wardrobe, Lori! I especially love the red blouse - it looks fabulous on you.

  19. Everything looks fantastic! Love the blouse! It all looks great on you!