Happy (official) summer, all!
Last week I dropped off the last of my recent visitors at the airport and took the opportunity to visit our only remaining quasi-local Hancock Fabrics on the way home. None of the fabrics spoke to me, but I did spend some quality time with the Kwik Sew and Burda catalogs and brought a few patterns home. (The fact that it was ridiculously hot and they had A/C may have had a little to do with my lingering.) the local Joann’s doesn’t carry Kwik Sew, and stocks only one of each pattern in Burda, so if you don’t snag it quick you’re SOL.
Recently, I find myself more willing to spend the $$ on a non-Big-4 pattern because I’m tired of all the fussing and adjusting I have to do for the Big 4. I’ve always had good luck with Burda envelope patterns, assuming I start with a big enough size. I haven’t used a Kwik Sew top since soon after I started sewing and ended up with a tank top 2 sizes too big, but I really liked the look of 3826 view B (3823 is the plus version; no idea what’s up with the crazy clown colorblocking in view A). It reminds me of the Jalie scarf-collar top, but since Jalie requires a lot of adjusting to fit me, I though I’d give the KS version a try. I was surprised to see it has no reviews on patternreview – perhaps if I hustle I can do the first one.