March 25, 2014

Sew: Kwik Sew 3045 Polka Dot Jumper

Oh look! I made something!! I've actually made a few things in the last few days. So watch this space.

I spotted (!!) this jumper knit at Clegs one afternoon when I popped in to grab lining and thread. Isn't it always the way?! I couldn't leave these cute polka dots so I grabbed 2 metres with no plans at all. It didn't take me long to work out I wanted to make a raglan sleeve slouchy jumper. Kwik Sew 3045 looked like it would work a treat, so I grabbed it at Rathdowne's 50% off pattern sale last week. I also went back to Clegs and grabbed 50cm of the reverse print to use for the bindings. Best decision ever. I love them.

I made a few adjustments to the pattern to get the look I was after. I scooped out the neckline by 10cm at the front and 2.5cm at the back. In hindsight, this was probably a bit too much. I made a size L according to my measurements but ended up taking the side seams in an extra 1cm. Lastly, after popular demand on Instagram, I omitted the hem band and simply turned the hem up before using a twin needle to finish it.

Easy as! Now I'm in polka dot heaven. It's soft, cosy and slouchy, all in one.

Project Details
Pattern: Kwik Sew 3045, size L
Fabric: Polka Dot Interlock from Clegs
Alterations: Scooped neck out, took an extra 1cm of side seams, omitted bottom hem band, shortened sleeves by 2.5cm

In terms of the contrast bands, I used an 8cm wide strip that was 80% of the neckline. I originally used 85% but it was too slack. 80% worked perfectly. For the arm bands, I used the pattern piece but add 2.5cm to the length so they weren't so fitted. I also removed 2.5cm from the sleeve length. I could possibly have taken more off but they'll be fine.

I now just need a bit of cold and wet weather to be able to wear this jumper! I'm sure it is just around the corner...

L x


  1. Love the contrast bands! Looks cozy.

  2. lovely! I am raglan-everything at the moment. And the reverse print really makes it I think!

  3. I'll be looking up this pattern. I love it and this spotty fabric is just perfect.

  4. This looks so comfy and lovely!

  5. Love your matching dotty shoes too! I'm actually looking forward to some cool weather so I can wear something comfy like this too!

  6. I LOVE the dots and the contrast neck & arm bands is super cute. I did a sewing with knits class yesterday and it wasn't soooo bad as we used the overlocker. I'm looking forward to sewing more with knits now. Wish me LUCK!

  7. How cosy - and the contrasting bands are the absolutely perfect touch.

  8. Ooh super cosy for when the weather turns (as it inevitably will in Melbourne!). Loving the polka dots too :)

  9. Super cute! I really want to try making a jumper this winter. I have my eye on the Lola jumper dress by victory patterns.


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