Kwik Sew 1425 View B (1986)

I recently bought a small stack of 1980′s Kwik Sew patterns of of eBay. I don’t usually go for the 80′s, but there were a few that were super cute and the price was right. I didn’t have any immediate plans for them, but figured something would pop up in my fabric stash that would go with one of them.

The last few days I’ve been picking out pieces of fabric, either stuff I honestly can’t fathom why I ever bought it, or large remnants from past projects to list of eBay. While I was sorting through it all, I came across a piece of fabric that had so far proven too small to use for anything. I fell in love with it and ordered the very last 1.5 yards a few years ago, but I didn’t want to make a tank top, and so far that was my only real option aside from a top I had just made a few days previously and I didn’t think that fabric was right for it.. Then I realized Kwik Sew 1425 only uses a little over a yard of fabric. I decided to sew view B, but without using contrasting fabric for the sleeves, which makes it the same as view C, without the straps in the back.

The entire project took about 2 hours from start to finish, mainly because I had to rip out a couple of seams. I say its because I used a perfectly matched thread color- if I had used a contrasting thread, there would have been no mistakes, and everything would have gone perfectly. I also finished the neckband and sleeve ends a bit differently from the instructions. I used a size Large.

I’m very pleased with the outcome, though if I make it again I’d add a few inches to the bottom. I didn’t hem the bottom edge because if I had, this would nearly be a belly shirt, and I didn’t want that. I also really like my fabric choice for this. I also really like the way the back is low, but not bra-strap-showingly low. Its a nice scoop and constrast to the high neckline in the front.

Excuse the face I’m making and the yoga pants. I usually take photos with my good camera and a tripod, but my camera died, and my boyfriend apparently doesn’t know to take the picture when I’m not making faces. I figure I was lucky to get him to snap them at all. :p I’m pretty sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of this top though, even if I was making faces for the photos.

• Meet the Author • Inkdork


I am a mostly self-taught sewer in Lancaster, CA, with an interest in 40's and 50's fashions, as well as some 80's looks. I also do graphic design and WordPress set-ups and customization.


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6 comments… add one

  • Oooh!! I like that!! Nice simple shape and the fabric is really cool! I hear ya’ on the random stuff in the stash — I’ve got a pile to send to the thrift store or Etsy in the near future! Good Job!

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  • Thanks Pepper! The simple lines is why I liked it- very clean and casual. :)

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  • Wow, I love it.
    When I looked at the pattern i thought “ho hum’, but the finished item is gorgeous. I love a bias tartan.

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    • Thank you! I agree the examples on the envelope aren’t very exciting, but the simplicity of the design made me feel brave to go with a kind of wild fabric.

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  • Kwik Sew usually has some great designs if you can look past the pattern illustrations. Your top turned out fabulous in that fabric! Great pattern fabric matching!

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    • *nods* I’ve got a few in my stash from them and have yet to be disappointed in the designs. :) Thank you!

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