Added Jul 22, 2010
I’m a beginner so I needed an easy skirt with an elastic waist to try. Kwik Sew 3336 was great. I bought and downloaded the pattern online from sewingpatterns.com which turned out to be a great experience.
Now…for fitting a muslin. I read the packet instructions and made the size that I thought would fit my waist (I have a wide waist and not much hip)….a large.
I was so proud of the muslin (made out of an old red sheet) but it was huge. So I pinned and adjusted and thought I should cut between sizes which I did. So I made a medium/large. The pinned muslin fit well, but the final product – in lightweight denim – was still huge! So much for my adjusting skills. Perhaps the difference was the fabric, but who knows.
After some lamenting, I took out the side seams and the flounce seam a little, re-cut the skit to the pattern in a medium and remade. Phew. It took me some work but in the end I am proud of the finished product. I felt good about cutting it down to size and saving fabric rather than re-making it in the leftover denim that I had. I also overcast all the edges to prevent fraying and hope it holds up — what with my tearing out and re-stitching.
I do need to work on sewing curved hems – but othewise this was a great first clothing item for me. I definitely recommend it for other beginners out there.
The only thing I’d do different is to topstitch the seams for a bit more of a jeans look.
The pattern was very easy to follow but I’m left wondering if Kwik Sew patterns run large, or if elastic waists have so much give that I should fit the hip rather than the waist?
Overall – great project.
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