Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kwik Sew 3453 Puffy Vest - Item 7 Completed

This was a fun piece to make. The pattern is  Kwik Sew 3458 and I used a fleece back quilted nylon that I bought from

Kwik Sew 3453

Pattern Description:  Misses' close-fitting vests have side panels, stand-up collar, armhole bindings and forward shoulder seams. (From back of Kwik Sew Pattern). I made View A with the zipper.

Pattern Sizing: XS-XL. I made a S.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, although I did not use a contrast fabric and I finished the armholes with a satin bias on the inside rather than the armhole bindings they suggested.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, I really like Kwik Sew instructions. I found them to be clear and concise. As I used a different fabric to their suggestions, I did have to think ahead about how to finish some of the seams to avoid my fabric fraying.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I like the pockets on this vest as they are easy to construct and a decent size. I also like the side panels - they give the vest a nice shape.

Fabric Used: A fleece backed quilted nylon purchased from

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I changed the collar finish because if I left it as it was, you would see the inside seam when I had it unzipped and that would look a bit messy. So I ended up folding over a seam allowance and handstitching this in place to give a neater finish. I also used satin binding on the inside of the armhole as this fabric had very minimal stretch and I didn't think the binding method suggested would work well on my chosen fabric. In hindsight I think I should have allowed slightly more seam allowance when I cut it out as it is made for a polar fleece type fabric that has a bit of stretch to it and my fabric did not stretch much at all.  Also, the seam allowances on this pattern are 1/4" so no room for error really.  Still it worked out fine, but a little more snug :)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  This is the third time I have used this pattern, so I probably will again.  I would recommend it to others. I made no alterations with the length so a taller person would need to add more length.

Conclusion: A great Kwik Sew pattern.

I'm looking forward to cooler weather to try this vest out with my other Wardrobe Basics.

 I only have one more item to go now - the dark skinny jeans.  I am going to use a pattern I have made before (pictured here) Jalie 2908 - the mid rise version altering the leg to make it into a skinny (not too skinny!) jean.


  1. Great looking vest and it looks fabulous on you.

  2. Wow that turned out great. They should swap the pattern image with what you made cause its way better :)