Kwik Sew patterns are a favorite of mine. One of my first successful garments was made from a Kwik Sew pattern, and that success, after a string of failures with other pattern lines, inspired me to keep sewing. So during a recent Kwik Sew sale I stocked up on seven of their new 2014 patterns. Kwik Sew doesn’t go on sale as often, and isn’t as deeply discounted, as McCall’s, Simplicity, and Butterick, so I decided to indulge while the price was right. Surprisingly, two of the patterns I bought are craft patterns! I remember when Kwik Sew only produced knit dancewear patterns. Well, Kwik Sew has changed a lot since those days!
My first make from my recent Kwik Sew binge is 4093, a patchwork bag pattern featuring two styles of purses. I chose to make view B, which is a messenger bag style. I prefer a cross-body purse, so this particular bag is ideal for me. Another plus is that view B is the larger of the two purses, it measures 12″ x 3″ by 12″ (excluding the shoulder strap). Bigger is better, as it gives me a place to hide fabric I’ve purchased and need to sneak into the house without my husband noticing. And because of the patchwork design I was able to make this bag using my leftover scrap fabrics, thus making room for more new fabric! That’s definitely a win/win in my book!
Although I really like the design of this purse, I have to say that view B of Kwik Sew 4093 is very time-consuming. There are 28 patchwork squares on the purse and each square is individually sewn to interfacing before the patchwork is seamed. All that interfacing sewing adds a lot of extra prep time to the production of this bag. There are actually three different types of interfacing required, one is fleece which makes the bag really comfortable to wear with its padded strap. But the padded strap is nearly impossible to turn right side out! I finally accomplished it with the aid of a pair of needle nose pliers and all the strength I could muster.
I haven’t figured out a better solution for the difficult purse strap turning process but I have an excellent tip to share with you to reduce the time spent on interfacing this project – courtesy of fellow Denver Sews blogger Lynne! Lynne suggested it would be a lot faster to cut the squares, join them, and then cut the completed patchwork into the bag shape using the purse lining pattern piece. After cutting the joined patchwork to size, interface the entire patchwork instead of each individual square. Thanks to Lynne, I can really speed up my prep time if I make this bag again. And since IMHO I think this purse would look great in a winter version made from thrifted wool suit pants, there probably will be a next time!
My husband and I belong to the Mile High Hook and Ladder club in Colorado. Their website is a little out of date, sadly, but you can find them on Facebook here. It’s for owners and lovers of antique fire trucks. They have a lovely 3-color logo that I thought would be perfect for a little exercise for my own personal amusement. Continue reading
October’s challenge was quite a doozy and we saw some really nice garments and crafts made from fabric we feared to touch. This month, we’ll offer a lighter challenge.
How about those sewing machines of ours? Perhaps you purchased a machine with 300+ utility and decorative stitches. Perhaps you own a solid machine with a few basic stitches. I would bet that there are stitches on your machine that you have never used and have no idea what they are for. This month’s challenge: explore one stitch on your machine that you have never used before and integrate it into a project. The project can be big or small. No matter. Give it a try! We’ll post our results during the week of Nov 17-21. If you’d like to participate, post your project on our flickr group here.
Speaking of which, here’s a few more October Challenge makes from the Flickr group! Mahlicadesigns made this fabulous dress from a fabric she’s had in her stash for awhile. It started out as Simplicity 2886 but evolved quite a bit after she didn’t like the cut of the original pattern and redrafted almost all of it. Go read the whole story on her blog here: http://mahlicadesigns.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/frankie-dress-the-denver-sewing-collective-challenge/
Sylvia of the Denver Sewing Collective made Vogue 1109 in a sweater knit she’s had in her stash for 14 years. Such a fun fabric and pattern!
For our first group sewing challenge at DenverSews, Jamie challenged us to use a fabric we’d been holding on to for a long time. Wow, I had so much leeway with this challenge! Almost all of my fabric has been in my stash for a very long time. In order to narrow the field, I focused on making sure the fabric I chose was something I was absolutely terrified to use. For me that meant choosing an expensive fabric which also had sentimental value. Most of my fabric stash consists of cheap thrift store fabrics, and I’m not afraid to use those – if I mess up with thrift store fabric, it can easily be replaced. Continue reading
I was quite excited about the first sewing challenge and knew straight away what I was going to make. But, then I became paralyzed with fear in actually cutting it. I thought I should have a few options as back up in case my fears got the best of me.
First off I have an apron that I made from fabric that my mom recently gave me from the 70’s or 60’s. I remember this fabric well. My mom made my older sister a dress with a Humpty Dumpty appliqué on it as well as a matching purse. I remember getting the purse later (most likely I just took it). I didn’t have much left and I thought an apron was perfect. This apron I will use, and every time I’ll think of my mom and sister in her Humpty Dumpty dress.
When Jamie threw down the gauntlet to use a fabric you’ve been hanging onto a longtime, I knew this was the push I needed to finish/redo my failed attempt with Cynthia Rowley’s Simplicity 2406. Continue reading
I purchased a little piece of leather suede from Colorado Fabrics a few years ago with the intention of trying to make something out of it someday. That day finally came with Jamie’s challenge! I decided to try two things: general sewing and machine embroidery with suede. Continue reading