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How many times have you seen the “not suited for diagonals” caution statement on patterns?  I knew when I purchased this fabric, on clearance at Jo Ann Fabrics several years ago, that the possibilities could be limited.  I say could be since that statement doesn’t really mean much considering it’s not the Gospel.


The pattern, KwikSew 3956, is another one of those “Hancock in Indiana” purchases.  I purchased Burda and KwikSew patterns that trip since they rarely go on sale elsewhere and were a steal during the Liquidation.  Some bundle deal that made each pattern ridiculously low in price. IMG_5176

This dress is also part of the “No Closures” collection which is still in progress and near completion.  The collection has been fun.  Generally speaking, dresses with no closures are easy to construct and are quick additions to the wardrobe.


Both dress front and back pieces are cut on the fold.  View A, the view that I made, requires all pieces with the exception of three, the front band, the back band and the sleeve bands.  The optional pockets, for both views, which I omitted, are also included.  The belt for View A is wide and short and the belt for View B is long and narrow.  Not something I noticed right away looking at the front of the envelope.  Including facings, View A required a total of five pieces…six if you include the pockets.  Quick and easy!


The suggested fabrics for this pattern are silk, rayon and challis.   Wouldn’t you love a silk version of this one?!  I sure would! This fabric is a ____charmeuse, feels like there should be an adjective there but I’m not sure what it is.  It behaves much like challis in my opinion.   I appreciated this fabric so much that I purchased all that was on the bolt at the time which was about 6 yards.  I used about 2.5 for this dress.  The fabric is easy to work with and is very “cool” to wear.  It breathes…even in the warmest of temps!


I could have taken more time to match the diagonals on each side but wasn’t interested in doing that.  My plan was to just cut and sew, that’s it.  As a result, if you care,  you can see how the pattern lines up differently on the right side and the left.IMG_4941There’s quite a bit of room in the dress and if you don’t like loose fitting garments, I’d recommend going down in size or taking a closer look at the measurements and making adjustments accordingly.  I like the loose, kimono style.  I don’t think that I’ll ever wear the dress without a belt of some sort but who knows?2016-061

This pattern was released in 2012.  I’d not paid much attention to the KwikSew line previously but have come to appreciate the drafting and design of these patterns.  This is my second time using this line.  I like these patterns.  I have several more that I’ve purchased and hope to get to real soon!IMG_4927

…and there you have it!

Until next time…PEACE AND BLESSINGS!!!