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Kwik Sew 3336 - Skirt With Flounce

Added Jul 22, 2010

by marvage

Canada, Canada




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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.

Material Notes

Light-weight denim




Garment Type

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    Apr 4, 2011, 04.04 PMby scruffybadger

    Hello & thanks for your comment :-) If this is your first attempt at sewing I’m really impressed – it’s fabulous. Perhaps I’m even more impressed that you made a muslin & revisited it until you got everything right. I’m not so patient!!

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      Apr 5, 2011, 05.26 AMby marvage

      Thanks Scruffybadger! I was determined to get it right. Now I’m facing my first FBA on a shirt. Seems a bit tricky but I’m giving it a try.

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    Jul 23, 2010, 01.09 AMby marvage

    Thanks so much Nessa! It’s good to know patterns tend to run large.

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      Jul 23, 2010, 02.09 AMby mlssfshn

      I always check the finished measurements to make sure the ease of the pattern is to my liking.

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      Jul 23, 2010, 04.20 AMby marvage

      Thanks Missfshn – I didn’t event hink to do this. Ah…so much to learn. :)

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    Jul 23, 2010, 12.32 AMby Nessa *

    Fantastic work, and don’t worry too much about the fitting issues – I find that the sizing with commercial patterns can be hit and miss at best, and almost always run large.

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