Kwik Sew 4188 Close Front Tops

I picked up Kwik Sew 4188 sometime ago on sale. I made two kinds of tops.
Tied front version.


A-line tunic version


I wanted to make a simple top for summer. I made these tops using Kwik Sew 4188. The instructions were easy to follow. I would recommend it to others! It has two overlay and two bodice options. I combined both patterns from it.

Front tied version: I used stretched cotton-wool blend fabric. This fabric curled up very easy and was hard to sew. These overlay parts were turned over and shown the wrong side. I pressed these areas again and again but the edges of them warped as time went on. I press tops every time after washing it? NEVER! I raised both side placements of overlay and the waist line by an inch. I also shortened the sleeve length by an inch. If you would like to make a tied front version, I recommend that you cut the overlay parts longer than the original pattern.

Anyway, I'm very pleased with the result. I found this fabric on sale. I love the striped and floral pattern, it goes well with the green linen skirt.
Moving on to A-line tunic version. This style looked like '70s style, haha. I used Italian rayon. I changed the design a lot! The bodice into an A-line silhouette, so I added about 8 inches to the length. I also changed the sleeves from fitted to flared. 

 Copy trace over and cut. Measure width with a ruler.

Divide into four parts. Cut and open by 7 centimetres (2 3/4 inches). Set the part on the other sheet with tape. Cut out. -Finish!
Sorry, I don't have nice pics. You can check here too.

If you are flat-chest (like me!), you would think the overlay parts are too long. The reason why I had to shorten them by 3/4 inches because they were too loose.
I would love to sew this pattern again. I may make a tee version for summer.

Fabric: Tied front version 52" 1 5/8 yd, A-line tunic version 58" 2yd
Total time spent: 8 hours

29 comments

  1. These tops are so original! I also really like your fabric choices :-)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, kalimak. I am glad that you like them.

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  2. Love both versions,Eli. They look quite different. Thanks for the fitting tips!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment, Sarah! I would love to make another one:)

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  3. Both are gorgeous makes. Love these!

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  4. Both are gorgeous makes. Love these!

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Faye! Very pleased.

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  5. My favourite is the striped one ... I love how the stripes accentuate the draped knot!

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    1. Thank you, Sasha. The striped fabric was difficult to sew but I love it now.

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  6. I like n got clear vision of flare sleeves. I will definatly try it out. Thanks alot and keep posting

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog, Marya! I am glad if my post helps your project:)

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  7. I like the black&white version mainly for the stripes but the tunic is a winner! I love the shape, the sleeves, the 70's feel (it goes so well with the bell bottom trousers!). *^v^*

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    1. Thank you, Brahdelt! I like the striped top and often wear it. I would like to make a short sleeve version. It's getting warmer in Japan(;^_^A

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  8. Those are great tops, they look so professional. Well done.

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    1. Thanks for your kind compliments dear stacy!

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  9. I love the tie front top best. It's super pretty on you!

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    1. Thanks a lot dear Carmen! That is such a lovely compliment:)

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  10. I love these tops, especially the snappy little green one. The second is much more boho, and nice too. I love the ripple hem, years since I have seen one. I rushed out and bought this pattern (also on sale) as soon as I saw the striped top - it's just so lovely. Thanks for the hint about checking the length of the ties.

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    1. Thank you Sarah for the kind words. I recommend this pattern. It goes well with a skirt and pants too. I'm looking forward to seeing yours:)

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  11. Wow. So unique! I love how you styled them both! You have a lot of talent!

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    1. Thank you, Georgia! I love your new dress too:)))

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  12. Both tops are beautiful! I like the fabric you chose for both of them and yes, the tunic has a 70's vibe - very nice! Love the alteration you did for the sleeves.

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    1. Thank you Tomasa! Nice to hear from you. It's a flattering and useful pattern:) I will sew it again.

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  13. Both tops are so beautiful. You look really great in them.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment, Olivia. I am glad that hear from you.

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  14. These tops are so unique! I love how you flared the sleeves. Sometimes I forget that I can alter my patterns to make them suit my tastes. I love it when you do that because it reminds me to do that too!

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    1. Thank you Shirley! I learned drawing a pattern at sewing class but I often forget how to make one.
      I love the flared sleeves because they hide my flabby arms well! Haha.

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  15. I love both your tops, especially the striped one. The pattern is such an interesting shape, it looks lovely.

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    1. Thank you Let's Get Sewing for stopping by. I love this pattern and recommend it to others:)

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