Kwik Sew Book (Swim & Action Wear)

Update 6/2004: I added a picture. Sorry, Sherril, I’m not going to pose in the suit. I cut this suit out in May of 2002, just before learning I was pregnant; it’s my one and only UFO.KS_Tanksuit

I cut a large on top and followed the instructions to alter for a D cup. Last time, I altered for a DD, and it was too big. I cut an XL on the bottom. I ended up taking the sides in 1/2 inch total because some of my basting (serger stitches) showed when I put the suit on. I shortened the crotch length another inch.

I fully lined this suit. In the front, I added a shelf bra and placed the shelf bra between the suit and lining. It works great for swimming. I don’t know if it would work for a bathing suit. I sewed the back center seam before serging the back lining to the swimsuit fabric.

The suit is tight now, which is great for swimming. It’s still too low cut, and I feel like I might pop out when I do butterfly. I might make more of this suit as a bathing suit, but I’m going to try a different pattern for a swimming suit.

PATTERN DESCRIPTION:
I made the plain tank swimsuit.

PATTERN SIZING:
Hip size from 32.25 inches to 47 inches.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Very much so. Note the ease in the pictures. This ease was present in my suit.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were typical Kwik Sew instructions. I have a serger, so I used it with regular serger thread as recommended in the book. But if you don’t have a serger, the book gives you sewing machine instructions as well. The alteration directions worked really well for me. There are also discussions about fabrics and elastic, and it offers lots of suggestions on how to customize your pattern.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

LIKED: I think the instructions on how to increase the cup size and add a shelf bra are pretty good. I’m a E, sometimes F, cup. I’m a swimmer, and I dislike bra cups in swimsuits, probably because they never fit, but also because they interupt the line of the suit. I get enough drag overy my bust; I want is smooshed as flat as possible on my chest. The instructions don’t do that. They give you a nice shelf bra, but with a little alteration, I’ll get my streamlined shape. The shelf bra is supportive enough that I am comforatable out of water in it.

DISLIKED: The alterations require gathering, instead of a dart, for full busts. It’s a lot of gathering for my cup size. I think a dart would be a less lumpy option. The princess seam suit is probably a better option for full busted women. However, I thought the simple tank would be better to learn to handle the fabric on.

LIKED: The instructions for getting the crotch length were good, too. I have a different problem than most people (I think) in that I’m short in the crotch. This is a huge problem for a swimmer because the suit will bag and fill with air and water when you flipturn.

DISLIKED: The amount of ease. I’m a swimmer. I don’t want positive ease in my swimsuit. The suit looks fine, and it’s comfortable to wear, but that isn’t why I made it. It bags in the butt when I do butterfly. This isn’t a big problem because I can take the hips in, and if I wanted a bathing suit to wear while chasing my kids on the beach, this would be a plus because the suit is comfortable.

Fabric Used:

Clearance swimsuit fabric from Joann’s. I used that cotton swimsuit elastic in 3/8 inches for the leg, arm, and neck openings. I used some regular elastic from my stash for the bra. I couldn’t find the swimsuit fabric in 3/4 inches in time. I’m sure the chlorine in the swimming pool is going to destroy that elastic, but I used the suit all summer for the lake and a neighbor’s pool with no degredation in elastic performance.

I used regular serger thread for the seams. I didn’t find that I needed wooly nylon to give me added stretch.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I fully lined the front. I made a shelfbra as described above. I took 4 inches out of the crotch length. I had to shorten the straps, too.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have another one cut out. I need to order 3/4 inch swimsuit elastic before I make it.

I think this is a good general purpose suit. It’s comfortable and easy to make. It has good butt coverage and an excellent bust containment system.

Conclusion
This is a pattern for a BATHING suit not a swimsuit. There’s too much ease in it for swimming. However, all that ease makes it a very comfortable suit for wearing to the beach. The coverage is excellent.

New Look 6216 – Girl’s Dress

Pattern Description: nl6216a
Girls t-shirt dresses with regular or drop waist, long or short skirt, short sleeved or tank top, and optional sailor collar.

Pattern Sizing:
Girls 3-8. The sizes match the dimensions on the back of the envelope.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much. I made a combination that isn’t pictured: short sleeves, regular waist, long skirt, no sailor collar.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Liked: simple, so you can whip them out.

Disliked: the facing on the neckline. I just don’t like facings. There wasn’t anything difficult about it.

Fabric Used:
I used a nice cotton double knit.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
The pattern calls for a woven fabric, but I used knit. Instead of hemming the sleeves, I used a rolled hem with a decorative multicolored thread. I omitted the ties.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might sew it again, if DD gives up the dress strike.

It’s OOP, but if you can find it or a similar one by New Look, I highly recommend it.

Conclusion
Simple pattern gives cute results.

Last Weekend

Friday: I picked up Isabel early from daycare, so we could go home and
carve the pumpkin. We did really well, carved 4 pumpkins, but I think
one of them was a canaloupe. I recommend melons for jack-o-lanterns,
very easy to carve.

Isabel was wild with excitement. She could barely eat her dinner.
When it came time to put on her costume, we had a hard time getting it
on because she just couldn’t be still. DH & I decided that Isabel and I
would go trick-or-treating and he and Tony would stay home and handout
candy. Tony really enjoyed everyone coming to the door.

It was pretty cold, so Isabel had to wear a turtleneck under her
costume top and her mermaid cape (I was prepared!). We started off,
and Isabel wanted to go across the street to Lauren’s house, but we
only made it 75% up the walkway before Isabel decided it was too scary.
That was much better than last year when we had to stay across the
street. We had talked and talked about how it was just pretend,
plastic stuff, but she was still afraid.

Isabel is so shy. We only went to a few houses. She had a hard time.
We’d get up to a front walk, and she would decide whether or not to go.
We walked several blocks because she said she wanted to go to the
house that was very decorated. Unfortunately, when we got to the
house, she decided not to go in. Well, I don’t know that it’s all that
unfortunate; she didn’t come home with a bucket full of candy. She
really wanted to go to Lena’s (a neighbor) house, but Lena didn’t
participate in Halloween this year. Lena’s husband had a stroke last
year, and things have been hard on Lena since. Isabel was very
disappointed, but she got over it quickly. Once we got home, Isabel
was very satisfied with how things went.

On Saturday, a work/daycare friend had a birthday party, but DH took
Isabel up to Yosemite for one last camping trip. It was very cold, and
Isabel got to play in the snow on the way into Yosemite. No snow in
the valley, but DH almost froze taking Isabel to play in the sand by
the river at 8:30 in the morning. They both really like it.

I had a very good time with Tony. I like having a day now and then to
spend with one child. He was very popular at the birthday party, and
that was competing with the birthday boy (1 year old), and Sam – one of
the fattest babies I’ve ever seen, alhto much slimmer at 9 months old,
and 3 week old twins. He’s such an easy baby. He took a nap at the
height of the party without a single tear.