The Casual Lady Knit Top: Take Two

Using Up Stash

casual lady pattern

I had a piece of light weight denim/lace knit that was an impulse purchase a year ago.  Originally, I was going to make something for Ms M and thought it was light and delicate enough for a little girl.  I do have something cut out for her, watch for that later, but I still had a rather large piece left.  Rachel and I joke because when she buys fabric she gets a yard of this and a yard of that, figuring she can whip up whatever she would like.  Since I am more used to getting fabric for large projects, I get 3 yards of this and 3 yards of that!  So you can imagine my stash!  Rachel’s knit top turned out so well that she suggested I try one for myself.  It has been  LONG time since I have sewn a garment for myself.  But with encouragement I decided to give it a whirl.

Changing Up the Fit

Although Rachel and I are mother and daughter, our body shapes have some distinct differences.  I do not have the busty issues that Rachel has and in fact am rather straight up and down.  My husband complains that all my clothes are too big and fit me like a bag.  I cut the pattern for a small and then cut the length as an XL.  I never tuck anything and I like double hems on my shirts.  I wanted it to fit comfortably over my jeans and stay where I put it.  Because this knit is rather lightweight, I cut the facings longer so that they would cover the whole bustline.  This gives me a little extra coverage which is much more comfortable for me.


Sewing:  A New Device

Craftsy has a sewing with knits class that Rachel has been working through (watch for more on that later) and they suggest using a walking foot on your machine when sewing knits. (affiliate link)  I am embarrassed to say that my walking foot has never been out of the box!  Even when I am quilting, I just use a regular foot on my machine.  Well I attached it, not even to the machine it was originally purchased for, and off I went.  Some people have said that sewing with knits is scary.  Well, use a walking foot and you will not have any issues at all!  I am very impressed with the nice even stitches.  There are no skipped stitches like you sometimes get with knits and the garment gives and stretches without breaking any stitches along the way.  See the post HERE


End Result

When finished I was very happy with the fit of this top.  It fits nicely across the bustline and even helps me to look like I may have some shape.  I am happy with the length and by turning the hem under twice, there is a little more weight added and I am feeling it will stay where I put it.  This is a pattern I will work with again.

casual lady pattern


You can find the Casual Lady pattern Here.(affiliate link)





{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Amy Mayen April 27, 2013, 11:35 am

    Great job! I’d love to see you sew up some more things for yourself! I’m making an effort to as well.

  • Cindy April 28, 2013, 6:18 am

    The striped top looks great on you!

  • Ajaire April 28, 2013, 6:50 am

    I’m so glad you made a version too! I knew I’d love it as soon as I saw the fabric in the first picture. So pretty 🙂

  • Jill April 28, 2013, 10:30 pm

    Lovely t-shirt! I’ve never used a walking foot myself – I’d love to try one sometime to see the difference!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  • Pam April 29, 2013, 7:24 pm

    Thanks for the tip about the walking foot with stretch fabric. I know what you mean about wanting the t-shirt bottom to stay put. The top fits you well and looks great!!!

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