Monthly Archives: January 2018

Burda 6520 view A

I will tell you straight up that this project pretty much solidified my decision to sew with knits and never use wovens again.

Anything you want to learn about sewing, this pattern has it all. Buttons and buttonholes. Gathered sleeves. Pleats. Set in Sleeves. Side Zipper. Darts. Facings. In Seam Pockets. The only thing I didn’t have to do was an elastic casing.

I found the pattern instructions straightforward, well explained, and the diagrams made sense.

I didn’t find it hard to match the plaid…where I DID match the plaid, centre front, and side seams. I found that part easy, actually. Looking at it now I wish I knew how to match the sleeves. But…I still don’t know how you would do that.

Just – so many steps. So many time consuming, fussy, finicky, steps. I would have like to have taken 3 months,- to slowly sew this dress right. I raced through it to meet the deadline, and it shows. I hope no one looks inside.

My aunt whom I consider a sewing expert, serges all her pieces as soon as she cuts them out. That would have been helpful in this project. Again, taking time to do it right the first time. Sigh.

I’m actually really burnt out from the stress of this project. So much manipulating and fussing with the pieces, the edges frayed quite badly. I did get my serger rethreaded and lumping along close to the end, because by that point the seam allowances were just so trashed.

I’m totally done sewing for a deadline. I love sewing, but I love sewing slowly and perfectly more. I’m even revamping the way I sew for myself and my family. No. More. Deadlines. One project at a time. Start to finish. However long it takes, working around the whirlwind that is my life.


Favourite Kwik Sew Kids Pants pattern, 2858

Happy New Year, everyone! I love this pattern. I’ve used it so many times. It’s cut out in a size 4. It was my first Kwik Sew Pattern, and it was the beginning of a love for Kwik Sew. I used it when my oldest was 4, and he is 12 now. Now I’m about to start on a pair of pants for my 4th child! I have used this pattern more times than I can count; I have shortened it, lengthened it, reinforced the pattern pieces, and sewn it over and over again. I am chomping at the bit to get going on this pair for my wee girl now.

In the end she loves the cosy softness and I love the pockets with trim. I shorten them because they are a size 4 but they are almost too short so I won’t shorten the pattern pieces next time I sew this pattern for her.