Tested by Margrete Olsen, West Hartford, Connecticut For an alternative edge finish, use bias binding. Hot Patterns 1185 top and scarf in cotton shirting; Butterick 6219 skirt in jersey. Fabrics from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores pattern review continued
Kwik Sew 3484, men’s shirts (KwikSew.com)
This loose-fitting men’s shirt with optional inset panels is loaded with creative opportunities. It has a one-piece camp collar, button front, left breast pocket, side seams sewn in a continuous line with the sleeve, and side slits at the hemline. There are three views. One has a plain front and a breast pocket. Another has a contrast right-front inset panel and a contrast band at the breast pocket top. The third view has contrast, centered, inset panels. This is a great look for a backyard cookout, summer holiday party, or any other casual setting where you want to look put together. The sewing is easy and quick, as no trimming is needed due to the ‘A-inch-wide seam allowances. Our tester did not find mention of which direction to press the side seam allowances, but on a later illustration, they are shown pressed toward the back. Select island cottons, tissue linen, broadcloth, chambray, challis, and rayon.
Tested by Alania Sheeley, Pegram, Tennessee
Look at quilting cottons for more printed fabric options.
This men’s trouser has a relaxed fit, straight legs, optional lining, and details for rugged, long wear. It has a faced waistband with belt loops, a tailored fly front, side front curved pockets with reinforcement bar tacks or rivets, gusseted cargo pockets with flaps, and knee patches. In back, there are waistline darts, welt or patch pocket options, and 21/2-inch-high hemline reinforcement patches. Flat-fell seams are used for the inseams or side seams, depending on the view. No mention is made to edgestitch the crotch seam, but it is shown in a diagram. Our staff seamstress noted that the hem reinforcement piece is about i inch wider than the back leg at the hem. It should be the same width. Our tester recommends light- to medium-weight twill, corduroy, denim, or gabardine. For a more rugged version, use water-resistant cotton, ripstop, winter wool, or flannel.