Kwik Sew 3155 - Activewear1:30 AM
Pattern: Kwik Sew 3155
Fabric: Stretch Velour (cotton/spandex)
Notions: 2 eyelets
As with most Kwik Sew patterns, the pattern was extremely well drafted and the instructions were superb. This pattern was designed for knit fabrics with a 25% stretch across grain. This pattern uses 1/4" seam allowances. I used my serger for the entire construction. I used a 3-thread overlock stitch for the seams and a coverstitch for the hems.
I did have to make a few alterations to this pattern. But that's the norm with me. There are very few I can wear right out of the envelope. For the top, I wanted to make sure I would have enough room in the bottom across the hip. I cut a size large and blended to an x-lrg. 1" below the waist. I also added an inch to the length. As I do for all knit tops, I used fusible stay tape on the shoulder seams to prevent stretching.
For the pants, I cut the x-lrg. and added 3" to the length (can you imagine how short they would be if I hadn't). I pretreated this fabric by washing and drying as I would the finish garment. I wanted to take an extra precaution that I wouldn't have a too tight or too short garment after several trips to the washer and dryer. I added 1" wide elastic to the waistband and changed the placement of the ties. The directions suggested that they were to go on the side and the holes for the ties were to be buttonholes. I like my ties in the front. Don't you get sick of loosing drawstrings in the wash? I know I do. Instead of buttonholes, I decided to use metal eyelets and knot my ties on the ends.
This is fantastic loungewear that you can wear out of the house. I decided to throw on a fur vest with mine since it was so cold today.