This fall, I picked up a fun bird print fabric, but never used it because I couldn’t figure out what exactly I wanted to do with it. I thought about that fabric again last week and finally decided what I wanted to try… the Casual Lady. Of course, after I buy the pattern, I can’t find the fabric… even after spending the morning digging through my stash. So, I forged ahead with a completely different fabric – something that I had picked up at Needle Nook quite some time ago.
I should probably preface this review by saying, I’m not in love with the fabric I wound up using. To begin with, it’s not what I had envisioned on using plus it’s much thicker and very ‘polyesterish’ feeling. Consequently, I’m not in love with my finished top – it doesn’t have much drape so it hangs unattractively and I don’t ‘feel’ good wearing it (I attribute it to the slubby, yucky polyester feel). As for the pattern, it was extremely easy to sew – instead of inserting bands for the neck or sleeves, you wind up making a facing. While it was probably the quickest top I’ve ever made, I came to the conclusion I still like inserting neck bands a bit better because the facing can add a bit of bulk around the neckshoulders (I think using a thinner material would help) that I don’t particularly care for.
Final Thoughts: One of the easiest, quickest knit tops that I’ve ever constructed – making this perfect for beginners, those who are looking for a pattern try sewing with knits, or anyone who needs a fast sewing top (no kidding I made mine in about 30 minutes). For the most flattering look, try using thinner knits with some drape. As for me, I may try this one again, but I think I’d rather stick with ‘traditional’ t-shirt construction.