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Casey Skirt Sew-Along |Picking Your Size & Fabric

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Hello my dears! Well, despite my doubts, today’s post is actually up on schedule. Hooray! To begin the Casey Skirt Sew-along, I wanted to talk about picking your size for the Casey Skirt, and a few tips regarding fabric choice. Let’s begin with size.

Normal-Waist-Measure

Normally when you measure your waist for an adjustable or contour waist skirt or pants, you measure where you like your waistband to sit. Depending on your pattern and preference, this could be anywhere from 1″ below your navel, to directly on it, or an inch above. Most patterns are very forgiving in this area of preference, but, due to its super awesome wide waistband, the Casey Skirt is not. For the Casey Skirt’s waistband to have a snug, flattering fit, without any gap-age, you really need to measure at your high waist, which is usually 1-2″ above your navel, or wherever your torso is “smallest” in circumference.

High-Waist-Measure

You can see how much shifting the measuring tape has affected my waist measurement. When I measured where my Linden Lady pants sit, my waist measured closer to 28″. But when I scooted the tape up just an inch, my waist was closer to 27″. That may not seem like much of a difference to quibble about, but with the Casey Skirt, the difference is obvious:

Size-Difference

Just look at that! If I used my “normal” waist measurement, I would cut out a size 8, whereas if I use my high waist measurement, I would cut a size 6! A difference in one size is not something you want to mess up on with a fitted skirt waist. How do I know?

Sigh… personal experience…

When I was sewing up the first samples of the Casey Skirt for my sisters, I got the skirts all finished, except for the hems. Beautiful top-stitching, buttonholes, everything was perfect. But, when I finally got together with my sisters and they tried on their skirts, to my horror the waistbands were too big!

Now, I knew the pattern was true to size, as I had tested it before, and everything was perfect in numbers and fit on my model. But why were the waistbands “too big” for my sisters? The problem was my sisters had measured their lower waist, where they “prefer” their skirts to sit, rather than their high waist, the narrowest part of the torso, where the Casey Skirt is designed to sit. So, I had to go back, take out all of my beautiful top-stitching and seams, and take in the skirts. Of course they came back together just fine, and when my sisters put them on, the fit was perfect. Yay!

All of my pattern testers for the Casey Skirt Pattern came back with almost no fit issues. So, I can guarantee the Casey Skirt is true to size. Just heed my cautionary tale, and make sure the measurement you use for your Casey Skirt waistband is from the narrowest part of your middle.

Whew! That was a whole blog post in itself! Let’s quickly talk about fabric, and then you can go and do the fun bit: shopping!

Fabric-Collage
1st Row: Kaufman Essex Linen Blend Yarn Dyed Fabric in Red | Kaufman Essex Wide Linen Blend in Flax | Kaufman Canyon Colored Denim 6 Oz Fabric in Curry | 2nd Row: Waverly Spotswood Stripe Porcelain Fabric | Kaufman Indigo Denim 10 Oz in Washed Bleach | Kaufman Railroad Denim Stripe Variety Fabric | 3rd Row: Telio Denim Floral Print Fabric in Light Blue | Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs Canvas Rosa Floral in Natural | Twill Back Velveteen in Sailor Blue | 4th Row: Kaufman Lush Velveteen Fabric in Forest Green | Silk Dupioni Fabric in Gold | Silk Dupioni Fabric in Iridescent Teal

I already shared quite a few ideas for fabric pairings for the Casey Skirt back in my Birthday Bash Inspiration post. But there are so many other gorgeous fabrics you can use! Starting with lightweight, practical fabrics in the upper left of the collage, we move on into denims and canvases of various weights and stripes (no pun intended); and then some gorgeous velveteens, and silk dupionis.

Whether you are shopping your stash, or shopping for new material for your Casey Skirt, the world of light to medium/heavyweight material is open to you. Just remember, the thicker the material, whether it be denim or velveteen, the bulkier your turned edges will be in both pockets and waistband corners. Not that you can’t or shouldn’t use those materials, but consider what you can do to combat those difficulties. For example, I wouldn’t try doing pockets on a velveteen Casey Skirt; but I would probably do it on a thick denim while keeping a good hold on grading my seams, only because the denim will be more likely to hold the pocket shape well, despite the risk of bulk. Do avoid super-lightweight and super-heavy/bulky fabrics for the Casey Skirt.

When choosing prints and stripes, keep in mind the size and repeat of the print. Try and make sure your stripes match up at the seams, and that you don’t choose a print that has too huge of motifs. Though, because the Casey Skirt is such a blank canvas, you can get away with a lot bigger prints than most patterns without fear of breaking up the print with darts or extra seams.

Alright then, I think I have covered enough for today. Any questions? Stop back here next week for a few tutorials on adjusting the Casey Skirt Pattern.

What fabric are you going to use for your Casey Skirt?

Any specific fabric questions about the Casey?

Happy Sewing!

Brigid E.

Author & Graphic Design: Brigid Everson | Casey Skirt Photography: Charlotte Boyer | Fabric Images: Fabric.com
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