Saturday, November 16, 2019

Kwiksew 1242 Rugby and Polo top for Jed

Mr Whiskers needed some new clothes.
Well, actually he needed some new work clothes, which are handed down smart clothes.
So, a couple of new smart tops.
My go to pattern is KWIK.SEW 1242.
Jed likes a bit of colour and I still have ten odd metres of this medium weight, pique, rugby knit from Bullrush
The only problem with this fabric is that is doesn't wear out and I am a bit sick of it!
I made Jed the XL, using a chunky, navy ribbing for the cuffs.
I added side vents, folding the raw edge to the front and then covered it with cotton webbing.
Jed likes to carry his phone (in a chunky case) so I enlarged the pocket to fit that.
I also re-inforce the wrong side of the rugby (where the pocket placement is) with Sheerweft interfacing to help the top keep its shape.
I made the collar from a heavy, cotton sateen.
The thicker fabrics make for a trickier construction, however, this garment lasts a long time. The thinner fabrics wear out too quickly.
KWIK.SEW use a 6mm seam allowance which is on the scant side with the collar so I usually add a wee bit to the bottom of the collar stand.
As my fabric had a bit of stretch I ended up with a tuck at the bottom of the placket so I covered it with a cotton webbing tab.
I used rubber buttons stitched with red thread.
The 'Eglington' labelling is purely decorative.
The knit is a nice weight for a polo top as well.
This time, I used the leftovers from Tildy's skirt to make the collar and tab front.
That is one little remnant that has worked hard.
The thick denim was jolly fiddly to make into a placket but it is already softening up nicely.
Again, the side vents give wearing ease and a RTW feel.
When your husband matches the My Little Pony quilt cover you pull out of the $10 bin at Spotlight in an attempt to bribe your co-sleeping five year old out of your bed.
*SPOILERS* It didn't work, curse you Rainbow Dash, why couldn't you be Pinky Pie?

Two new tops which free up these ones...

and navy/white
to the work drawer.
~My Verdict~
I love this pattern, it regularly pops up on Ebay and I have found several copies (and passed them on to my lovely readers) in op-shops.
A great, multi-size, pattern, that fits Jed and Hugo and gives a truly professional finish.
~Jed's Verdict~
Tailor made-comfortable-proper flash!
Thank you for reading... xx N


  1. Love them Nicole. You are an amazing sewer and you have one lucky husband.

    1. Thank you so much. I have to say, really good patterns make it a lot easier.
      xx N

  2. I love rugby jumpers! These are awesome. I have the same pattern, but the women's version. I used it many years ago and had forgotten about it. I used to use the pre-made jaquard knit collars with matching rib. I don't think they are made anymore.

    Thanks for the memory jog, I still have the pattern and will get it out again.

    1. Thank you!
      Let me know if you would like some, I will happily send you a bit.
      I have some of those woven collars, I use them for pocket edges on Hudson track pants.
      xx N

  3. Those polos really do look shop-bought. I love that multi stripe.

    1. Thank you Masha, it is a great fabric and a lucky buy, it truly makes the garment.
      xx N