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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Casual Lady Pattern

Have you purchased your copy of The Casual Lady Top and Dress Pattern yet?  If you haven't, then you should right away!

The Casual Lady top and dress sewing pattern. Great for beginners!

My friend, Andrea from The Train to Crazy and Go To Patterns, designed this pattern specifically to help raise money for the She's Worth It campaign.  When you purchase The Casual Lady Pattern, all the proceeds go to She's Worth It to help women and young girls around the world who are victims of sex trafficking.  

I am blessed to have a safe home and environment in which to raise my two children, and I cannot imagine the pain and abuse that so many women and young girls are forced to endure as they are sold and traded.  I hope you'll count your blessings as well and consider purchasing The Casual Lady Pattern to help this worthy cause.

As you can see, I am really working the casual look here!  

I made my Casual Lady Top in about an hour (which is not bad for me since I am still learning to sew with knits).  This top has quickly become my favorite!  I've worn it three times in the past week already!  You'd think I'd have more/better pictures of it, but sadly, I don't!  

My Casual Lady Top is made from a pique knit that I purchased at Joann's.  It has a little bit of stretch in both directions and is very soft and supple.  The only problem I had with this fabric was that it curled or rolled up along the cut edges.  Andrea offers some tips in the pattern on how to combat rolling knits which did help make it easier to sew.

The Casual Lady Pattern includes sizes XXXS - XXL (I didn't even know there was such a size as XXXS), so it's a perfect pattern for everyone!  After looking over the measurement chart, I chose to make a Small, and I'm very pleased with the fit.  The only change I plan to make on the next top I make is to shorten the length by a couple of inches.  

Here's a better shot of the neckline and the cap sleeves.  

I've already purchased fabric to make myself a Casual Lady Dress, too.  Maybe I'll cut it out tonight and sew it up to wear this weekend!  Spring is here and I really do need some new clothes.  Plus, it's about time I sew something for myself!  

Oh, and I also made four zipper pouches for the She's Worth It Campaign.  You can see them here.  

As always, thanks for stopping by!  And if you already own The Casual Lady Pattern or plan to purchase it, please let me know!  I'd love to hear what you think of it.  

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