Friday, October 24, 2014

Comfy Weekend Casual with Viscose Jersey and Cotton Twill



I guess by now you can tell that I love Mood's selection of twill.  They come in a variety of fibers, colors, and weights.  They sew like a dream and are perfect for pants, jackets, dresses and skirts.

I'm still working on beefing up the ole weekend casual wardrobe.  So I chose Steven Alan medal  cotton-lcyra twill for a relaxed pair of pants (Butterick 6028).  This fabric has a beautiful soft hand with a texture similar to linen with less wrinkles. I paired it with the brown abstract Missoni-esque jersey print for another version of Simplicity 1317.


Let me start with the review of Simplicity 1317.  This is the second time around for this pattern.  And it's possible that I may make it again.





It's one of those pullover decorative knit tops that are in department stores this season.  For this version, I added iron-on studs at the shoulders and used a black ponte knit for contrasting neckband and sleeves bands.  This is the first time I used the iron-on studs.  The process was fairly easy.  The placement of the studs does take a little time though. Sewing the top was quick and easy.  I was able to sew it up in less than two hours.

Now, let me talk a little bit about the pants.  I hesitated to buy this one because of the elasticized back.  I didn't think they would work for me.  Hmmm.., what's that saying about following your first mind.  Well, in this case, I think I should have followed my first thought on this pattern.  For me pants with the side front pockets are not my best friend.  Or should I say the most flattering look for me.  Second, elastic back pants tend to be a little of the "too roomy" side for me.  But I didn't think about the things before making these pants.






To help with the slight gap at the pocket, I added buttons.  Problem fixed.  However, I didn't make any changes to the back pant as I should have removed some of the width.  There is too much fabric through the pant for me.

This is not a bad pattern. It sews up with no problem.  The front pant does not add any bulk across the hips or waist.  I liked the idea of having a center back seam on each leg. (missed opportunity to for a better fit). 

In conclusion, I really like the simplicity top, but the Butterick pant is not the best style for me.


Happy Sewing!
C

23 comments:

  1. I really like the Simplicity top, too. The pant almost looks like it's a little bit big on you, period, beyond the "too much fabric". If you like the style, have you thought about sizing down?

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. I am not crazy about tbis pattern.But I will take these in.

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  2. You may not love the pant but I think they look good for casual weekend wear. The Simplicity pattern is what up next on my sewing list. What alterations did you do if any?

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    1. Thanks, Rachelle. I did make a few alerations on the top. I cut the neckline at medium, at bust area large, and the rest at medium. For this one I lengthen the sleeves about an inch. No other changes.

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  3. That's a nice detail on the pocket. I have given up on side front pockets since I have never been able to get them to lay flat. I like both of your wardrobes, casual and work. It's nice to have clothing for all occasions in the closet.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. It's nice to have variety.

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  4. These are great pants and so smart with that button trick!

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  5. I think the entire outfit is very, very nice on you and is great fun wear!

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  6. I love the ensemble. Very relaxed and casual. I like the pants and the button detail is wonderful. I think the pants look great on you. I hope you feel better about them once you take them in.

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    1. Thanks, Tomasa. I think I will feel better after I've made the changes.

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  7. That is such a great casual top!! I can see why this is your second time making it!

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  8. Wonderful top! I too am wary of pants (and skirts) with elastic in the back - they never seem to fit quite right. Hope you manage to resolve the fit issues, because otherwise the pants look great. Love your buttoned pocket idea.

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  9. I think those pants look good on you. Nice outfit. I thought the button was part of the pattern, nice touch!

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  10. You've been posting some great "casual" outfits...only they don't appear casual by Australian standards. Where are you jeans and flat shoes?

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    1. Oops! I must add more jeans and flat shoes. ;-). Thanks, Gail.

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  11. I love the outfit on you! The pants pocket detail is great.

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