Last week I was looking for ideas for an easy project for my Sewing Group and I decided to try Kwik Sew 3717.
You can only use one computer to print it from and you can print it three times in total.
I can't say it was a quick process because in order to print it out I had to download Firefox (that was easy) because Google Chrome wouldn't work and there was another download for something called File Opener Installer , but if I were more computer savvy, I'm sure I would have had no problems. But where there's a will....
I was excited to finally have all the sheets and to put it all together.
The pattern came in pages marked as Rows 1,2,3,4,5 Columns A,B, C, D and E and each row had .The pages were numbered , Row 1 Column A, etc.
Here is the assembled pattern.
Each page matched up to the next by aligning little black squares. It was simple really.
The sizes include X Small to X large. I copied Size Medium for myself.
Here is my pattern which must be layed out on the fold.
Have you used downloadables? What do you think of them?
The first one is made of a medium weight knit fabric. I decided to line the collar and add armhole facings with a plaid ponte knit.The result was Ok but I thought the fabric should be a little weightier and this trial garment showed me the armscye was way too roomy for my taste . I added some fabric to it to see how much was needed. Not bad but I can't really wear it because of the patched armholes.
Next I tried a quilted denim.I bound the edges with a faux suede fold over tape, Cute ,huh?
But this time the fabric was too stiff! I actually took out some of the width at the bottom by adding a back seam as well as side seams. I cut off some of the collar too. I added toggle buttons and pockets .
Then I found a printed faux suede and I self lined this vest*. The result was not bad. I like the waterfall look, but have found for this and other garments that to have this look , it's necessary to tack down the folds so they stay in place. For this version, I also added a casing to the back and inserted elastic to draw in the waist.
* Doubling the vest is a real challenge. I've put some construction pointers here on Diana's Sewing Lessons if you are interested.
I think this pattern is a really fun and versatile style. You can play around and change it up, add buttons, pockets, darts, or seams to change the shape,shorten the collar area, and.....there are probably other things you can do. This could be a quick to make gift idea for someone you know who likes to wear vests too
I don't think I've found the ideal fabric for it yet though. I'm thinking of trying it out in a Fleece.
These vests are all samples to show to motivate my Sewing Group .Once a teacher, always a teacher, I guess. I can't wait to present this idea to the ladies this week. I think it will be a popular choice.
I love to sew!!! Can you tell?.
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