The entire collection of Kwik Sew patterns is now available at Sewbox. There is a HUGE range of patterns, over 800, and they cover everything from women’s clothing for everyday to special occasions, men’s clothing, babies and children, fancy dress & costumes, to bags, aprons, home decoration projects, and more. There are some really unusual projects – their Summer 2010 range includes a pattern for a lounge chair cover!
Kwik Sew are my favourite of the “commercial” pattern companies. They’re not as well known or as ‘high fashion’ as the other big pattern companies like Vogue or Simplicity, but they are incredibly well thought out, reliable, and easy to follow.
I would especially recommend Kwik Sew for beginners, as the company has put a lot of thought in to making their patterns accessible to less experienced sewists. The instructions are very clear, and the patterns themselves are superb quality- they’re printed on durable white paper instead of tissue, and the cutting lines are marked in different colours, making them so easy to work with.
They also publish a “Measuring & Basic Alterations” booklet that I provide free with each pattern. This gives an overview of basic concepts such as fit ease versus design ease, and walks you through how to make basic alterations, even including the dreaded bust adjustments (I have yet to tackle one of these, ever!).
They have just released their Summer 2010 collection and one of my favourite patterns has to be the Kwik Sew 3797 Travel Accessories – it includes a jewellery case, eye mask, blanket & case, shoe bag and luggage tags. I’m itching to create a co-ordinating collection of travel pieces using this pattern, so that I can travel in style!
Other highlights include a really cute mother-and-daughter apron pattern (with an apron pattern for a mother, daughter and even a doll), a fabulous swimsuit, and a breezy summer top:
Please have a browse in the shop (http://www.sewbox.co.uk/sewing-patterns/kwik-sew.html) – the unique navigation bar will help you browse by type of pattern, type of garment you’d like to make, suggested fabric type, and more. I hope you find the perfect pattern for you!