Monday, March 04, 2013

Fleece Sleep Set - Kwik Sew 2529

Pattern: Kwik Sew 2529 (OOP) c.

Pattern Description: Close fitting tank top and paneled elastic waisted boxer brief shorts. Designed by Kwik Sew founder Kerstin Martensson.

Pattern Sizing: Sizes: (XS-S-M-L-XL) I graded up to a small and a medium from my original cut pattern. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, exactly.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very simple.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? A great thing about this pattern is that it only takes 1 3/8 yard for the tank and shorts set even when made in the largest size.
I liked the instructions for sewing the seams with a zigzag stitch as it allowed for some stretch in the fleece and also looked decorative.

The instructions were excellent and produced a quality looking garment from the elastic waist treatment to the decorative neck and armscye finishing. It was also something interesting to make with polar fleece.

Fabric Used: Hancock Fabrics Glacier fleece in Teal and Light Blue on sale for $1.97 per yard at Hancock Fabrics and 1" wide Dritz no-roll elastic.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The pattern states that it is for stretch knits only (25% stretch); however, I found that fleece with some give to it works fine

I cut into this pattern the first time I used it so I was left with a size too small in both pieces. Conveniently, this Kwik Sew pattern used different colors to mark their sizes which I could refer to and using the few visible lines of the next larger size I figured out how much I needed to grade each piece on my black and white copies. The only thing I had to change design-wise was the front waistline was far too high! They needed to look more like vintage control briefs, even as unattractive a model as that sounds. I think I achieved that goal.
As you can see, I did not have enough of one color to make matching shorts so these are two-tone with the darker blue color running down the middle. I thought I followed the layout but the stretch turned out going the wrong way. Therefore, it is not as comfortable as I thought it would be being one size larger.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. This is my second time making these two items and I have made three sleep shirts from this pattern before. The pattern is extremely* hard to find, but it is worth it if you can find a copy.

Conclusion: I love this sleep set. It's very comfortable and cozy while looking quite cute and sassy, no?

The first set:

Gusset detail
* I have been looking for another copy of this pattern for a while in order to regain the larger sizes in the pattern since I didn't trace back then. I found one place on eBay listing it for $27. Ha! No chance.


Dorothy DotDot said...

Cute set!

Beverly said...

So cute & comfy looking!

Audrey said...

Cute sleep set. I have this pattern and while I don't want to sell it, I would be happy to trace or photocopy the shorts for you. Just let me know what sizes you want. I bought the pattern long ago to make workout shorts of cotton lycra fabric. I planned to lengthen the legs and put a double layer of fabric in the center front section and inside legs to hold in my tummy and absorb sweat.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Very cute!