Thursday, March 13, 2014

Newsflash: Spring Kwik Sew Patterns Announced

The new Kwik Sew patterns are here.  I was tempted to just post the link, because it isn't really worth it to post the pictures, but then that would be a very post for you guys.  Actually, this is going to be a really boring post for you guys anyway.

KS4052 - FYI, most of the release looks like these diaper covers - mostly kids crafts.

KS4041 - This raglan sleeve t-shirt is probably the best design.
At least, I have seen a lot of raglan tops popping up on the blog-o-sphere,
so it's on trend at the very least.

KS4041 Line drawing - you can see how it is intentionally slouchy.

KS4057 - Giant tent maxi dress.  It looks like she is being eaten by a sheet.

The short version - the belt helps substantially.

KS4044 - Leggings/shirt combo.  The shirt is boring, but the leggings aren't bad.

KS4040 - Basic dress.  Meh.  Also, I don't think the neckline looks like it sits very well.

A bit easier to see the seaming without the crazy prints.

KS4042 - I feel like we have been seeing a lot of skirts
with ruffles come out of the pattern companies lately.
I still don't think they are cute.

The skirt is better without the ruffle, but then is a bit boring.

KS4061 - High-low hem skirt.  Fine, but nothing new or exciting here.

KS4043 - Giant rectangle rain sack.

KS4045 - The best pattern in the release!  Man's pants...

... and cargo shorts.

KS0179 - Actually these hanger covers are sort of cute.
Would rather sew the clothes to hang on them than the hanger covers though...
So, ummm, yeah.  Pretty boring.  I mean, I understand that they are trying to make Kwik Sew into the easy sewing/crafty/new sewer pattern brand for the McCall's company.  Though I don't know why a new seamstress would be tempted by the higher-priced Kwik Sew patterns when they can buy an easy to sew McCall's for $0.99 at a sale.  I think the brilliant thing about Kwik Sew was the easy-to-make patterns that filled a niche for athletic gear, swimwear, and lingerie.  Their regular garment patterns were never overly exciting to me, but they were a bit more detailed than this.

In other Kwik Sew news, Hancock is having a Kwik Sew pattern sale ($6.99/pattern - yes, more expensive than Vogue sales!) this weekend.  I feel like I need to buy the good athletic wear patterns before they go OOP.  Won't be getting any of this new stuff though.  What do you all think?  Are you a Kwik Sew fan?  Did the McCall's take-over make you sad?  Or do you like the new crafty/easy to sew direction?  Feel free to discuss in the comments!

6 comments:

  1. I own one KS pattern, 3115 yoga pants. Amazing pattern. I am sad to see what McCalls will turn KS into. This release is sad. The men's pattern is the only one worth buying.

    And there's definitely not much that I want to pay $7 for.

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    1. I know, I love their athletic patterns! I use the leotard patterns constantly for skating costumes, and I can only assume that their yoga/dance patterns will be awesome as well. I have tried Jalie, which I like for men, children, and teens, but I think Kwik Sew patterns are much better for adult women who have more complex body shapes. Their directions are top notch too. I was sad when the pattern paper changed to tissue, and I am sad with the stylistic direction the patterns are going now.

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    2. Imagine how I felt as a new sewer when I saw that lovely Kwik Sew paper!!! :-) and the directions are fantastic.

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  2. You're right, these are boring. Too bad, Kwik Sew used to do great basics

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  3. I, too, love their patterns for skating dresses. I wish they'd put out some new ones. The Kwik Sew ones fit me better than Jalie.

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  4. Worst pattern release. Ever. It's too boring to be called boring. Humdrum,
    mediocre, lackluster, dull, uninteresting are all words that come to mind. It is such a shame what McButtvogue has done to this once great pattern company.

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