Editor’s Picks: Kwik Sew Patterns

Kwik Sew Fall/Winter 2014 catalogThe Kwik Sew Fall/Winter 2014 collection debuted recently and I cozied up with this pattern catalog for a little look-through. Kwik Sew has been my go-to for basic patterns for years, but I was pleasantly surprised at how many stylish options this brand offers. Here are my top five picks for sewing right now:

Kwik Sew K4087 jacket

1) K4087 jacket: The moment I saw this new jacket pattern I thought of the Becky jacket by Rebecca Minkoff. I know you’re saying c’mon, Meg, you usually do a better job of matching your patterns to RTW, but to me it has a very similar feel to the designer jacket. Ignore the prints we made it up in and make your version out of solid 4-ply silk (if it’s available in a color you like and not too pricey, or a comparable poly fabric) or wool crepe. Lovely.

Kwik Sew K4068 dress

2) K4068 dress: This dress is for everyone who loves a feminine dress with a softly gathered waist. If you like our McCall’s shirtdress M6696, then you’ll love this pattern. Sew it out of soft cottons or silks in solids or mini prints. And look super-cute when you wear it.

Kwik Sew K4083 peplum top

3) K4083 top: We’re going nuts here over this flirty peplum top. I mean, cute peplum and color-blocked sides? Count us in! We recommend using lightweight fabrics for this Kwik Sew pattern, like silks or polyesters, for the best results. Maybe try color-blocking solids instead of mixing a print with a solid. Your call.

Kwik Sew K4031 cape

4) K4031 cape: Yes, I am going to keep forcing cape patterns on you this season until you break down and make one. This Kwik Sew pattern looks very similar to the Chloé capes that sell for close to $5,000. Make your much more reasonably priced version out of the softest wool or wool blend you can find, the thicker the better.

Kwik Sew K3764 biker jacket

5) K3764 moto/biker jacket: This pattern is an oldie but really, really goodie. You need to rock a motorcycle jacket this season and this is the pattern to get you on the road. Make it out of leather or faux leather, or explore some unexpected fabric choices, like the silver jacquard of the designer biker jacket in the photo above. Yes, you will look smoking-hot in this jacket.

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V1419 Sewalong update: How is everybody doing with this? Are you checking out our Flickr group and contributing comments (if you want)? I am up to step #8. Where are you in the process?

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  1. Oh dear, I think you were right when you anticipated the criticism on jacket #1. The details on the RTW jacket are terrific; K4087 is disappointing and dull in comparison. The RTW peplum top is very cute but K4083 doesn’t even fit the model well and that makes it look gloomy to me. HOWEVER, the K4068 dress is adorable and spot-on.
    I like the collection for basics, but I don’t agree they’re surprisingly stylish.

  2. I want that moto jacket. I was at Jo-Ann earlier tonight to buy some extra (just in case) thread to coordinate with the fashion fabric, underlining, and contrast/trim for V1419. Had I known, I’d have bought K3764.

  3. Nah, you’re going to have to try harder. As Edna Mode says: NO CAPES.

  4. Love the moto jacket. I will have to get that pattern! I love capes but I have two ready to wear capes I purchased so I don’t feel a need for another one but that purple cape….it’s beautiful.

  5. Yay for the Moto jacket!!!!! I’ve been living in mine since I made it. I’m making one for my sister for Christmas, and I’ll probably be making myself another one from Harris tweed next year!!!

    Oh and, cape – absolutely not, no way…. Peplum top – maybe, I’d quite like to do some colour blocking….!

  6. I love the poncho! Chloe did several versions of the poncho, as well as coats in blanket wool. The Chloe poncho has an attached neck scarf, which would not be a difficult alteration to this pattern – a scarf collar instead of a small shawl collar.

  7. You don’t have to sell me on a cape. Capes FOREVER!

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