Monday, 12 September 2011

Pattern Review: t-shirt tunic (plus Self-Stitched-September '11: Day 12)

So today I dug something out of my wardrobe that I made in 2009 - in fact the first knit item I ever made. I wore it a huge amount then, but for some reason I haven't worn it much in the last year or so. Now the weather is (ever so slightly) cooler, I thought I would give it a try for SSS'11, and I'm very glad I did! It's such a comfortable top, and I'm still happy with the construction, even looking at it over two years later (in fact the only things I would really change are due to now owning a serger). It was worn today to my French lesson, to do a little shopping, then around the house.

Top: Self-Stitched / Jacket: Self-Stitched / Jeans: Manor / Sandals: Office (these are on their last legs, but I just love them so much, hopefully they will stand another re-soling...)

Pattern description

KwikSew 3593

Pattern sizing

S-XL, I cut probably the L, but I can't remember exactly!

Fabric used

Cotton jersey

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope when you were done?

Yes, apart from the sleeves and the embellishment.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yep, super easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Very easy to put together and quick to sew up.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made

I lengthened the sleeves slightly, and also cut them slightly more flared than the pattern, as I didn't want to gather them into the elastic at the hem. I also ended up embellishing the neckline with various beads and buttons as it looked a bit plain and, well, grey beforehand. I may have narrowed the back, but I can't actually remember.

Construction details

All constructed on my zig-zag machine - the seams were sewn with a narrow zig-zag stitch, then the seam allowances were stitched together with a wider zig-zag. I can't remember why (although I remember there being a reason!), but I decided to do the hem and sleeve hems with a contrast zig-zag instead of a twin needle, and was actually super pleased with the result.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I think I might actually make this again - although I currently can't find the pattern, so it won't be in the near future! I would definitely recommend this, it's very easy and quick.


Easy to make, flattering casual top.

1 comment:

  1. This does look like a lovely little top, and the embellishments you chose really elevate it! I'm sure you will get lots more joy out of it now it has been "rediscovered"