Saturday, March 29, 2014

K3169 Trees and Stripes for Spring

I have been trying to find a way to use some of the cotton woven stash I have accumulated.  I liked the look of the peasant style Kwik Sew top.  Miss K liked it as well so I thought I'd try it out.

(oh beautiful cover-stitch, how I love thee)

This is a pull-over top with raglan sleeves.  The neckline and arms have elastic in casings.  I sewed up View B in short sleeves.  K is now in a size 10 so I cut and sewed a size L (10). She was really excited about the long sleeve one with bell sleeves but I explained to her that Spring was coming and long sleeve sewing would have to wait until Fall.


Instructions: Kwik sew instructions are easy to follow and their pictures help a visual person like myself; however, Step 5 has you overcast/serge the edge in the round - whereas I prefer to do it before the last part of the neckline is closed (personal preference).  The same can be said for Step 2 in view B for the sleeves. Nothing wrong with this, I just find it easier/faster to serge flat.
I did not use the recommended 21" for the neck elastic but shortened it to 18.5" after testing it on Miss K.  I used the longer sleeve length instead of the cap sleeve.

easy way to use up cotton wovens
fast sew
only uses 1 yard

a bit short
sort of a "too simple" pattern

3/4 yard of stashed green tree fabric purchased in August 2013 from Mill End Textiles. 1/4 ish yard of green stripe purchased March 2012 from It is called Nicey Jane Slim Dandy Stripes Blue, from Free Spirit.
K decided to have a dance party

But then spotted the neighbor's cat and took off to pet it

March Totals:
Stash used: 5 yard
Fabric Out: 24 yards + 11 scrap pounds
Fabric In: 20.5 yards

Totals for the year to date:
Stash sew this year: 18 yards
Fabric out in 2014: 78 yards!
Fabric in 2014: 75.5 yards

So I found this saying the other day and it really got me thinking about my sewing goals.
"Some kind of failure always occurs before success. If you're too afraid of failure, you can't possible do what needs to be done to be successful."
Most of the battle I have is internal.  I do not like failure or even the thought of it.  This prevents me from starting many projects.  This is something I hope to change this year. Do you ever not start a project for fear of failure?

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~


  1. What!? Your snow is gone?

    This is very cute - I like the fabrics. And I really like the peasant style even if it's simple to sew (:

    1. LOL, well, we ended up with a ton of rain the other day and no snow - it melted a bunch down. Plus, today was really warm (45º or 50º?) It was wonderful!! There is still some piles of snow on the other side of the yard; however, my rhubarb, crocus, and daffodils are popping through the dirt!!!!! Oh I can almost feel the spring.
      And thanks! I have always loved the peasant style :)

  2. I love peasant styles for young and old(er) alike so this gets a thumbs up from me. There are many projects I don't start through fear, but I'm getting braver I'm learning that sewing is the kind of thing you succeed at by making mistakes!

  3. Cute! And nothing wrong with a "too simple" pattern - sometimes we need one of those at hand!

    I have definitely not started a project due to fear of failure - plenty of times! It's something I've been trying to get over for about a year now, and I think my sewing has improved because of it (and because of the mistakes I've made which have helped me learn).

    1. Thanks Gail! Me too, I have all these ideas in my head but then when I go to cut the fabric it's like I freeze, stage fright :D Plus, I hate when I feel like I'm "wasting" fabric by making mistakes. I just need to get past that and realize that I need to make them to grow!

  4. Love k's new top.. So cute on her.. adorable fabric.
    Oh yes...the fear of failure.. I do have that.ha I hope this year , I will remember to give it a try. and turn those failures into learning experiences..
    Happy sewing.

    1. Thanks Judy! The tree fabric is so cute :)
      Good luck to you this year, may we both overcome some of those fears ;-)


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