Kwik Sew 3617 – so simple

Gathers are not my favourite technique. I prefer pleats because they ‘do as they’re told’. Gathers have a way of moving while I sew them. I don’t own a gathering foot on my Janome.

The fabric is a poly jersey, one-way stretch with good memory. I bought this from The Fabric Store, Surry Hills for $10 (2m). This is a new pattern that I hesitated tackling due to the neckline, but the neckline drew my attention to this pattern. Wendy Gager also used this at her fabric showing late last year.

The neckline has gathers on the side attached to the front bodice. The gathers on the neck edge is created with 6mm elastic encased in the gathered ‘collar’. Depending on how comfortable you feel, you can add more elastic, or less to emphasis the v-neck shape.

Once I forced myself to complete the neckline in 60 minutes, the rest was a breeze. Yesterday was Formula 1 Sunday, so I either sewed or watched noisy cars for a couple of hours.

So then I wondered, how does this look using a pattern fabric?

I raised the neckline by 3cm, used a bit less elastic in the collar casing and enjoyed wearing it today.
I think using a contrasting collar pattern or using piping along the neck edge would emphasis the collar better.
This fabric was from Pitt Trading, one of my favourite fabric havens.


Hi all,
Sorry about the abort messages that have occurred over the last three weeks.
It’s been a painful process, trying to figure out what went wrong.

I think I might have:

  1. added the page tracking code in the wrong place in the html,
  2. did something strange when I loaded up pictures at the end of last month,
  3. or done all of the above in my quest to publish every item that I produced during the fabric stash competition.

Thanks for hanging in there.

I’ll put some some new sewing news up shortly and then republish the pics that I’ve deleted, while trying to fix the ‘abort’ problem.

Fabric stash comp

I’ll post up the full pics of the garments I made up in the Fabric stash competition this weekend. The competition ran from 1 January to 1 March 2009.

Right now I’m a bit over sewing garments at like ‘project runway’ challenge, but I now have a few more casual items in my wardrobe that I’m happy to keep and wear with pride.

I came 17th out of 259 contest participants and I used 35 yards of fabric. The winner used 100 yards of fabric.