Monday, July 23, 2012

Kwik Sew 3801 & Color Blocking

I just realized that I'm probably the most boring sewist.  I just keep making the same things over and over again.  But isn't that the purpose of a TNT, something you would make over & over again?  Well this Tee shirt is certainly a TNT for me. LOL.

This pink flowered version has become a real favorite with me.  I've already worn it twice and its only 2 weeks old.  In fact, I had to dig it out of the dirty clothes hamper to take a picture.  LOL.  I know Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) and I purchased this fabric from Sawyer Brook at the same time but I don't think she made it up yet.  I sure love this one!

To explain the next few pictures, I'm a member of a garment sewing group, here in Tulsa, called OK in Stitches.  We meet once a month, have a program and there are 4 challenges a year.  The first deadline is coming up for our August meeting.  The challenge is called Slice & Dice.  Choose any pattern and slice it up to create your own design using multiple fabrics, trims or a single fabric with seam details.  I choose KS3801.  I've really been wanting to color block for some time now and this gave me the perfect opportunity.

The first thing was to trace off the pattern - TWICE.  Since it was 2 pieces placed on the fold it was necessary to trace it twice and tape it together.  Then I had to figure out how I wanted to cut it apart.  I thought cutting almost at the neckline and diagonally down to the hip would be the most flattering.  So I sliced it at 2 points which you see in this picture to the right.  To avoid later confusion, I wrote "this side up" and "hemline" on the two pieces furthest to the right.  I could just see myself serging all the wrong pieces together.  LOL

Gratuitous hanger shot.  LOL.  Sorry about the pics; you all know how hard it is shoot pictures of garments with black in them.

Here it is on Ruby.  Following will be pictures of each side, because each side of the Tee are different.

Obviously the back.

Left side.

Right side.

In this shot, I wanted you to see how well I matched up the seams and how the print just flows over the shoulder.

I'm very pleased with the Tee and may well do it again in the future.


  1. I guess we are the same - I keep making shirts and bras at the moment - lovely looking Tee

    1. Oh I'm happy to find out you do the same. LOL. Thanks!

  2. Very nice! I've been making and making the L. Cutting Hearts a Flutter shell. it works for me!

    1. Oh good, another who makes several of a pattern! Thanks!

  3. Very nice work!! , and thanks for all those pictures, they showed the work very clearly.

  4. Those are beautiful tops. I don't think you're a boring sewist, at all. I love TNTs. And I enjoy reading blogs of people who are in my age bracket. So don't stop sewing or blogging. Please.

  5. Thank you Gwen! For some reason when I find a top or pair of pants I really like I feel the need to make several. LOL. I'm happy to find that I'm not the only one doing the same thing.