Subversive Sewer

{August 16, 2011}   Kwik Sew 3854

I was really excited to find this pattern because, like many women around my age, I am far too old and have far too much self respect to wear Daisy Duke shorts, but also have far too much self respect to wear Mom Shorts.  This one has a perfect length.  I was so excited, in fact, that I was initially blinded to the fact that these things fit like crap. Perhaps I measured myself wrong, but I doubt that because I’m that size in other pattern brands.  First off, here’s the pattern for reference:

Not bad, right?  Cute enough to justify spending $11.50 on?  Well…

It’s even kinda hard to tell in the photos, but the crotch is so low on these things that they could qualify as harem shorts.  So, at the very least, make a muslin.  I’ll be selling my copy of this pattern and will continue my search for cute shorts.


I finally did some sewing for myself!  Actually, I made these pants a few weeks ago, but kept forgetting to get a picture.  I  made the top last nite at midnite.  It was a spur of the moment thing.  I was on my way to bed and decided it was a quick project, so I should just make it.  Indeed, it was done in a half hour, except for the seam finishing.


Neither pattern was without issues.  I’ll start with the pants.  This is Simplicity 2665.  It’s a juniors pattern that I can’t remember why I bought.  I think it was for the pants.  Anyway, they have this ridiculous front, exposed zipper.  Maybe that’d be cute if I were 16, but not at 32.  So instead I did an invisible zipper in the back.  Man, I love invisible zippers.  I’m so glad I figured them out.  Here’s the issue: the sizing.  They run ridiculously big!!  According to the size chart, I’m a 14 in the hips and an 18 in the waist.  Knowing that the pattern companies seemingly expect us to lie about our waist measurement, I cut a 14 throughout.  I actually remembered to try them on before finishing them, and a good thing I did.  They were enormous!  I sewed 5/8″ in from the existing seam allowances at each side, which worked.  However, I should have continued all the way down, because these things are so loose and dumpy.  Oh well, they’ll do till I lose 10 pounds and my “regular” pants fit again.

The top is a Hot Patterns free download, called Cool, Calm and Cowl-necked Top.  It’s exclusive to  I’ll pretty much make any knit top if it’s free, so I printed it out, taped together (very easy), cut the fabric and sewed it.  The sizing seems to be accurate.  The problem?  Look at the illustration, then look at mine.  I made no alterations.  The cowl on mine is pretty much nonexistent.  Makes it pretty dull.  Won’t be making this one again.

{February 16, 2009}   McCall’s 5819

I needed something casual for the weekends, but not boring.  I saw McCall’s 5819 and liked the v-neck top.  I like that I can wear it with a tank top to add some color.  I found some cotton/spandex double knit on and decided it was a great choice.  Here is the result:

m5819bA closeup of the front.  The ties wouldn’t stay tied, so I used a toggle instead:

m5819aHere’s the waistband:

m5819cHere is the back:

m5819dHow’d it turn out?  I wore it today and I love it except for one thing: the top is too tight in the hips.  I’m sure you can tell.  I don’t think it’s the pattern’s fault- I cut a 10 throughout instead up going up to a 12 or 14 in the hips.  Other than that, I think this one’s a winner, and I’ll make it again.

{August 4, 2008}   Kwik Sew rocks!

OK, they’re yoga pants, but I’m still excited about them.  I made 2 pairs this week!!  I’ve made 2 of the view B tops and wanted to try the pants and I finally bought some fabric and did it!  I think it’s well known in the sewing world that Kwik Sew patterns are great so I won’t get into that… but if you need a yoga pants pattern I highly recommend Kwik Sew 3115!

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