Keeping it totally casual. Sewing for me

The Casual Lady Sewing PatternTo answer everyone’s first question, no the sunglasses are not a prop. I actually wear them, everyday. They were inexpensive which is ideal because I lose stuff, a lot. They also hide my eyebrows which have a life of their own, not helpful when I don’t want the other person to know EXACTLY what I’m thinking. I wish I had more pictures with the sunglasses. They make me laugh a whole bunch.

I did some sewing for me! I was feeling a little burned out on little people clothes and have been knee deep in grading for what seems like forever. I needed a mental break. And frankly, I needed some clothes. It’s August which means our warm weather will be wrapping in up in another month if we are lucky, less if we aren’t. I didn’t want to invest a ton of time into something only to shelve it in 2 weeks. I also just really really wanted an easy sew.

The Casual Lady Sewing Pattern

I have made the Causal Lady top with success so I decided to give the dress a swing. Honestly I haven’t sewn it up yet because I was worried it would really not flatter me. Without a real defined waist I tend to look larger, or maternityish. I think this works. There is actually a little bit more definition than I thought there would be, I don’t think the pictures do the drape justice. It is absolutely more of a shift style, but there is a waist. (do you like my super casual poses?)

The Casual Lady Sewing PatternI cut a  medium, and used the same cheater FBA as my top. The difference in stretch between this and my top material was more significant than I realized. I didn’t need any extra space, really I could have taken it in a bit all the way through. I’m toying with the idea of changing up the sleeve and adding a drawstring somewhere in the waist area in a version 2.

The Casual Lady Sewing PatternThis is me thinking, “Don’t look angry, don’t look angry, need one where you don’t look angry.” Do you think that is why all the models aim for looking “fierce”? I can look super angry with no effort at all in pictures.

I cropped 5″ off the hem. And no it isn’t hemmed in this picture, I plan to. The pattern picture leads me to believe the hem is designed to hit mid/top of knee. It covered my entire knee easily. I’m shorter (5’4″), and I’m planning on wearing it a little shorter than designed. So 5″ off you go.

Overall, it sewed up really fast. Under an hour for sure. It fits, it’s comfortable, and the kids told me I looked pretty. You can find the Casual Lady Dress and Top by Go to Patterns HERE. (affiliate link)




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  • Amy Mayen August 21, 2013, 12:16 am

    First, let me say: I almost forgot to look at the dress. You are STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL. your profile pic is super cute and girl next door, but I’m floored by these pictures. What are you, about 19? Holy genetics batman. I don’t think it’s fair that you look like a high school student after 2 kids. Now put on some sweatpants like the rest of us.

    Second, the dress is fab. I think I’m itching to sew myself some dresses too, but I’m backed up until, oh, next year. You better hem that baby up Rachel! I can see it belted with boots for fall.

    You crack me up! I always forget to lift my eyebrows…my mouth turns down and I have heavy eyelids, so I feel like I look like a shar pei if I don’t smile and lift the brows. Thanks for being a little humorous and reminding me that I’m not the only one with camera issues. This dress is perfect on you, and very flattering!

  • Pam August 21, 2013, 3:34 am

    You look fabulous!!! Love, love the fabric and I would leave it exactly as is. I think most of us feel ill at ease in front of the camera.

    • Pam August 31, 2013, 6:34 am

      I’ve featured your dress today, Rachel…

  • Teresa August 21, 2013, 5:37 am

    Your dress turned out perfect! I love it. And your photos are great too. I always feel REALLY awkward having my pictures taken (like who am I kidding, I am no where close to a model) but yours look so natural! Nice work 🙂

  • Cindy August 21, 2013, 7:46 am

    Beautiful! The dress looks great on you…definitely not maternityish.;)

  • Heather Feather August 21, 2013, 8:19 am

    It looks great and so easy! I think it’s very flattering on you! Great job!

  • Venus August 21, 2013, 9:02 am

    Hey casual lady… nice dress! 😉 I am the same way when it comes to the fit of dresses, but sometimes comfort wins over. This dress however, looks great on you! Come fall time, add a cardi, tights, boots and you’re set.

    I’m loving your casual poses and sunglasses!

  • Meegan August 26, 2013, 1:40 pm

    You are amazing! Thanks for sharing at the Tinkled Pink Times Two link party!

  • Andrea September 3, 2013, 8:01 am

    I love the sunglasses photo! The dress looks fantastic on you as well!

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