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Kwik Sew 3835 Silver Foil Harem Pants

Greetings fellow sewists! For those who would like to know who the new face is, my name is Callie and I have a blog over at CallieMakes where I blog about all the things I make. What a wonderful sewing community there is here! You all inspire me every day, so it makes me very happy to be able to share some of my own sewing adventures with you here, too.

As a sewist, do you find that you tend to gravitate towards working with knits over wovens or vice versa? I’ll work with either, but I still tend to be one who favors wovens over knits. Sure, to fill in those wardrobe gaps, I’ll make a knit top, sweater or pant from time to time, but I still opt for the wovens. Well, just over a year ago I worked with a foil knit for the first time. As I’m sure every sewist likes to spend time doing, I was window-shopping some fabrics online and came across these dazzling foil knits and it was--as the cliché goes—like a moth to a flame. 

I just had to make something fun out of this glistening Material. I made some pretty cool gold joggers out of that first foil knit but the fabric tended to be awfully slinky due to its weight. It was very light which made it a bit of a frustration to work with. Thankfully, the foil knit I used for this project was not at all a frustration. The weight was perfect to use for this very simple pants pattern. I used a Kwik Sew Pattern 3835 for harem pants because I thought I already have some gold foil knit pants, now I need to make some silver! And who doesn’t need a pair of silver harem pants in their closet?!

In all realness though, if you are a beginner sewer, this is—as its name sake implies—a quick pattern of 4 pieces, and it is great if you want to make a fun fashion statement but your skills may still need that easy construction. Or even if you are an advanced sewer and want something fast and fun to make, it’s a fine pattern for that too!

As far as working with foil knits, here are some of my recommendations:

·         Be sure to use a jersey knit needle (size 10 or 12)

·         Threading your bobbin thread through that tiny hole in the arm of the bobbin case helps--it’s good to thread this when working with lighter/finer weight fabrics, but it helps with the jersey knits, too, in that it helps stabilize those stitches.

·         Use a stretch stitch (like zig zag) or serger since you’ll need that ease in the waistband and leg cuffs.

·         If you need, use a lightweight interfacing to stabilize the foil knit. (I didn’t need to use any for this fabric because the weight was just right).

·         If you decide to use this pattern, before you cut, know that it calls for ¼” seam allowances, so you may want to consider going up a size if you like to use larger seam allowances.

‘Til next time,

Callie @ calliemakes

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Patrick Hadley said:

What a good idea to have a hole in the end of the bobbin case arm. Where can I find one in the UK to suit AEG 15DLK machine? · 23rd Apr 2019 09:26am