Casual Lady

04-casualladyThis 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.

2 thoughts on “Casual Lady

  1. Beth K

    Stacy, when do you decide to make a test version of a pattern — ie., a muslin or dry pattern? And when can you just forge ahead with making the project? I am confused.

    1. stacy Post author

      Well, “technically” you should make a muslin when you try out a new pattern. I don’t always do that. Here’s my I base my muslining on:
      The company – there are some companies that I know work better for me than others (Style Arc, Jalie, etc.) so I tend to skip the muslin and dive right in. If it’s a new company, something that may have had problems from other sewists, or if it has a questionable fit (based on ease, pattern covers, etc.) I’ll make a muslin.
      My fabric – If I use a pricey fabric (or something special), I’ll make a test garment in a different material (a “wearable muslin” so to speak) before I cut into the good stuff!
      The design – I feel pretty comfortable making tops and most jackets (unless they are really fittedstructured) without a muslin… most pants don’t seem to fit well out of the package (no matter what the company) so I tend to make a test garment (or two or three).

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