Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kwik Sew 3740 in progress

Lisette was super sweet and emailed me this morning to make sure I am ok since I haven't blogged for over 2 weeks.  The answer is yes!  After the thrill of PR Weekend Austin, I had some additional vacation time and cleaned and reorganized a bit of my house and prepped for Christmas.

I'm working on KS 3740.  It's my first KS pattern.  Leslie wore, like, 3 different versions of it in Austin and they all looked fab.  Finally, a cowl that doesn't fold into a v, doesn't fall over the shoulders, and isn't too low cut.

I cut a Medium.
At this point Monday night, I could see the shoulders are too big.

Kwik Sew 3740 in progress
SO I cut the shoulders down to a small and then sewed the sleeves in with 5/8 inch seams instead of 1/4 tonight.
Kwik Sew 3740 in progress
I'm not sure...
 Kwik Sew 3740 in progress

  •  I'm still hating the shoulders
  • I hate the wrinkles in the sleeves
  • I need to let out the hip area a bit (I sewed down the sides like a small but need to make it a medium)
  • also there is serious swayback pooling (not pictured); maybe I should put some darts back there or a CB seam...
  • also, the way the collar is sewn on (and I read the directions multiple times here but maybe I misinterpreted) the raw edge of the collar attachment can be seen.  I'm very tempted to rip out the collar just so the raw edge isn't exposed.
So while I was super enthused about this shirt on Monday night I've lost enthusiasm for it now...but you know me, I beat a dead sewing horse til it revives itself.

Food! Chicken "ziti" from the Prevention 30 minute chicken dinners booklet: Chicken "ziti" from Prevention's 30 minute chicken dinners
my Christmas tree
Christmas 2011
my solar powered Christmas lights:
Christmas 2011
Be well and good night!  (After 10 weeks of light or no ab/pelvic kidney pain, it has returned with a vengeance today. sigh...)


  1. I think I read on someone else's blog that they only sewed part way around the neckline and then flipped it and sewed the lower portion with the seam to the outside under the cowl. Can't remember who the blogger was though. Hope this helps.

  2. Oh, so sorry you have pain again. As always, beautiful photos, and great food. Love those pics. I imagine you will keep working that pattern until you get it just the way you want it. Hint for droopy cowl necks from the most recent PeggySagers Silhouette Patterns webcast: To prevent droopy cowls, sew a piece of ribbon into the seamline of the BACK neckline, from one shoulder seam to the other. The droopiness of the cowl comes from the weight pulling the back neckline. This technique is used on knits. I know you're not having that problem right now, but it's a good thing to do anytime you make a cowl with a knit.

  3. Your Christmas decorations are so pretty! I hope you start feeling better again soon!

    As far as your shirt goes, I really love the cowl neck style and the color on you is also pretty. I have two cowl neck sweaters I purchased, and I wear them a lot. I think your version looks good, and with your tweaks, it will be perfect!

  4. I love the look of this cowl--very soft and flattering to your face. Thanks for the heads up and for showing a good way to use paper pinch clips. Brava!

  5. Looking pretty fab from here! Forgot to tell you that on Thanksgiving Day, I woke up with what I thought was a pinched nerve in my neck, which affected my shoulder, neck, back, arm, etc. I remember thinking, wow, if this was chronic, I'd never want to sew! And it hung around (less pain each day) for 5 days! I am sorry your pain is back. Hope it leaves as suddenly as it came.


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