I love Kwik Sew 3856. It makes my heart dance. I used a polyester silky print from Joann. I usually abhor 100% polyester, but the print was so lively, I gave it a chance. It was much easier to work with than I imagined. Hardly any fraying, so swishing around (silky fabrics tend to do that), no puckering...nothing. If all the other silky prints at Joann weren't so atrocious, I would use them more often.
I'm more of a solids kind of girl. It's rare that I'll find something besides a tiny floral print that I'll actually wear. To be honest, I'm shocked at this fabric choice. Bright colors, paisley and polyester? It's like I took a trip back to the 1970s.
But I like this dress. I really, really like it.
Here are some pattern details, as I've never formally reviewed this pattern before:
- I cut a size large. If you've never used a Kwik Sew pattern, you will notice that there are only five sizes: extra-small, small, medium, large and extra large. This is fine for the type of dress I made but is annoying if you try to make something more fitted.
- It's pretty roomy in the bust area, so I didn't need to do a full-bust adjustment. However, the surplice front does gap like crazy. I plan on going back and stitching it down.
- I made view A, the long version. I had to add 2 inches to the length as I am a wee bit tall. Not too tall, but tall enough. Even then, I had to make a super narrow hem, around 1/4" to get it to my ankles.
Kwik Sew 3856 will probably find its way back to my sewing table in the future. I have a nice stash of some Anna Maria Horner voiles that would be perfect. This pattern has helped restore my dying sewing mojo and gave me a necessary confidence boost.
My next project is a Cynthia Rowley pattern, Simplicity 1801. I have navy pique and moderately high hopes. We'll see how it goes.