Monday, August 15, 2016

Kwik Sew 4113

I had big plans to sew a dress to wear to the wedding this past Saturday and an outfit to wear for the 5K I participated in.

I wanted to Kwik Sew skort when it first came out! I thought I'd love it for my long walks. I picked up a couple yards of activewear knit from Fabric Mart and another yard from SR Harris. I initially planned to make the skort in gray and pink and this Burda tank top with gray bandeau and the rest in pink. I got the main part of the tank sewed up, tried it on, had a good laugh and trashed it. It was SO TIGHT! I may attempt it another time but not for now. I was going to sew the top from this pattern but lost my mojo (more on that later). I'm glad I didn't because I didn't even consider there would be a race shirt.

Also, I almost sewed up the navy activewear knit into the other view of this skort but I'm glad I didn't.

I sewed a size L (intended for hips up to 43.5" and my hips are about 43.5-44 inches. I removed 3/4" from the front rise and added 3/4" to the back rise of the shorts. I needed to add to the skirt back too.

One reviewer on PR mentioned that the shorts aren't snug enough. When I tried them on (several times!) they seemed fine. But during the race, no go. I had to continuously adjust them and it was so annoying. I will make another pair (or 2!) but not until I have some compression fabric to make the shorts from. Also, this knit was not wicking. Fine for the skirt but NOT for the shorts especially if your thighs rub together. I ended up having some chafing by the end of the race :/

The pattern though is fantastic. Everything went together really well and the design is pretty cute. I also really like the waistband width and how the elastic is applied. No casings, no visible stitching on the outside...the waistband/facing seam is sewn and the elastic is stitched just inside the seam line. And then you close it up and baste. I rarely baste things - just use lots of pins or in this case, the Wonder Clips came in handy. I think the clips are good for certain applications but I do not prefer them to pins...

Shorts and skirt are hemmed with a twin needle. I ended up popping the stitching on one side of the shorts. No doubt from yanking them down a dozen times.

Because of my OA (in both knees - boooo!), I can't run (yet). So I entered the walk portion and finished in 56:47.

It's so pretty!!!

Most importantly, we had a blast and have decided to make it an annual thing.

With Dolvett Quince from The Biggest Loser

As for my WDG...I was all set and SOOOO excited to work on the lace dress! And then I saw a couple versions pop up on social media and I was EXTRA excited.

And then, one day in the shower, I found a lump. I vacillated between *FREAK OUT!!!* and Eh, I'm sure it's nothing...When I went to my regular doc he said he felt it too, and ordered both a mammogram and an ultrasound. So, not unexpectedly, my sewing mojo was completely nil. On Thursday, the 4th, I got the all clear. But then I would have 8 days to get it done and I decided I was not up for rushing this project.

It'll happen, another time.

I ended up wearing my NL6123 dress that I made for my 4th anniversary, which we ended up not celebrating because I was out of town supporting my mom when her mother passed away.

This was after the ceremony so pardon all the creasing!

It was so fun to hang with the family and my cousin's gown was ah-mazing!

A young woman from their church made her veil and I was there when she was deciding on length and number of layers, etc. I thought the dress was beautiful but it being on a hangar was nothing like it being on her body. Just stunning. 

 I have my fall planning post almost done. I have an insane "want" list and am trying to narrow it down to 10 must-have projects. I want a solid plan to fill some holes, I want some things because I just WANT them, and I want to try to avoid being too distracted by oooh! shiny!! :)


  1. Congratulations on doing a 5K! How awesome! It's neat that you got to see Dolvett. I'm not a huge Biggest Loser fan, but I still watch every now and then. I am glad your health is in the clear. It makes sense that you didn't want to rush the process for the wedding guest dress. I agree, it will happen another time. Keep taking care of yourself!!

  2. A bump along the road can be real game changer. Take care of yourself--there will always be a need for a 'new dress'. Congratulations on the 5K!

  3. Seriously woman, you amaze me. First congrats on the 5K, especially with knee issues and wardrobe adjustments. Second, that skort pattern is too cute, I would have totally miss that pattern, thanks for the review. And I agree there will always be an occasion for another new dress, but that New Look dress is a stunning color on you. Stay healthy!

    1. Thanks Graca!

      We were having a discussion on PR about the color purple (har, har) and I remembered this dress and decided it would make a fantastic WGD! :)

  4. Congrats on the 5K! And great news that the lump wasn't something bad. You look beautiful in your dress too!

  5. I love the NL dress you ended up wearing! It's beautiful on you! I'm sure there will be an occasion for the other dress. So good to hear the lump was nothing. The exact same thing happened to me last fall, and I had to wait two whole weeks between finding it at my regular checkup and getting the mammogram and ultrasound done. It was so hard to not freak out while waiting! Great job on the 5K too!

    1. Oh gosh Lisa I am sure I'd be bald and carrying an extra 20 lbs if I had to wait 2 weeks! So glad yours was nothing as well.

      Thanks so much!!

  6. I just love your blog! You do beautiful work!
    I am wondering if you are willing to follow my blog? I am trying to grow followers and thought maybe fellow sewests might be able to help me? =)

  7. Congratulations on doing the 5K - that's awesome! And you look GORGEOUS in that dress...just GORGEOUS!

  8. Congrats on doing the 5K! And thank God for the great news about the lump - that's definitely scary. Your dress is so gorgeous and you look amazing in it.

  9. Congrats on your 5k and for deciding to make it an annual event. Very relieved to hear you got the all clear from the drs, you made me stop procrastinating and just book my annual medical test for tomorrow.
    Onto sewing - the dress you wore looks incredible on you, great that you got a special occasion to wear it to finally, it deserves an outing!

    1. Thank you Allison!
      Yes, it is better to know what's going on and work it out!

  10. I have been following your blog for a while now, and I just wanted to say, since you had a health scare and all: you are one of the most positive people I know, you are a beautiful person, both on the inside and outside. I wish you all the best!

    1. Thank you so much Nilla! That just warms my heart. Thank you as well for being a part of my little blog space!


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