Monday, May 23, 2011
Kwik Sew 3617
I made this tshirt for my mom. I have now made this pattern 3 times and I have some changes to this pattern that may help out. It is a nice fitting t-shirt. It is not too tight around the mid section. This shirt is an XL and it is on a M dressform. This is why it looks a bit baggy. Mom would not stay still long enough to get a pic while she was wearing it. Also, the shoulders in this pattern run biggish. The main changes/additions to the pattern directions that I recommend have to do with the neckband.
Pattern Step 2: Oh my gosh! Do not overcast the outeredge unless you like to see it growwwww. We'll fix that in step 6.
Step 4: The zig zag stitch is a much nicer understitch than a straight stitch.
Step 5: Use the 1/4" steam a seam (SAS) on the shoulders. The fabric will play so much nicer when you stitch these parts together.
Step 6: Pin with the non-interfaced side on top....Believe me it is much easier! Also mark the neckband CF and CB as well as the body front and back.
Most important: Press band seam allowances to the body, NOT the neckband. The finished product is much smoother this way. I SAS the seam allowances of the band layers together on the inside so that I can serge them. (Try not to catch the body in the stitching.) Then I top stitch the neck band down. On this tee, I used a zig zag because I think that is cute.
Overall, a nice top!