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 soft hand similar to linen with less wrinkles. I paired 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 top 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 on the “too roomy” side.  But I didn’t think about the things before making these.

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.  I need add about four inches to the length.  This is something that I always do to ensure that the pants are long enough.

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!




  • Barbara Showell
    October 22, 2014

    I don’t think the pants are that bad- the front view and side look like pretty good comfy pants. The back is where it looks like it’s a tad too bunchy. Maybe you are more used to fitted pants, and I spend too much time looking at scrubs! I liked the pockets and your button solution to the gap.

    • Cennetta
      October 22, 2014

      Thanks, Barbara. I’ve thought about pick the stitching out and refitting the back pant.

  • Fiona
    October 23, 2014

    You are really putting together a lovely casual wardrobe in some gorgeous fabrics Cennetta. The twill in particular sounds very intriguing. I too am a little wary of an elasticated trouser but I definitely think those pants could be made to work for you with a little fiddling with the fit. Those centre back leg seams look ver handy! I actually really like the style of the front pockets with the buttons

    • Cennetta Burwell
      October 23, 2014

      Fiona, Thanks for your kind words. Certainly, the center back seam does offer an opportunity to make some fit adjustments.

  • Lori
    October 23, 2014

    Your casual wardrobe is beautiful, Cennetta, stylish and classic. The button on the front pockets was a perfect fix and I love the studs on your shirt. Great job.

  • Peter
    October 28, 2014

    Great-looking separates that really look great together. Love the “Missoni-esque” jersey — those iron-on studs are a fantastic touch. I can’t believe you can actually iron those things on — I need to find some of those!

    • Cennetta Burwell
      October 29, 2014

      Thanks, Peter. You can purchase the studs at JoAnn’s.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    October 29, 2014

    I understand your issues with the pants – but sometimes I find that my dislikes about a new style is just that I’m not used to it. Perhaps with a few wears you might feels differently – or not. But that’s half the fun of sewing I always think – trying something new.

    • Cennetta Burwell
      October 29, 2014

      Thanks, Lizzy. You are so about new styles growing on you. I haven’t made the changes yet. II’m letting them hang in the closet awhile before I pull them out to adjust or wear. The top on the other hand Is in rotation along with a few other new casual pieces.

  • Shari
    October 29, 2014

    I think the pants look great on you. I know what you mean about the extra fabric, but they still look flattering.