Pattern Test: Cascade Tee
Hey! I finally tested another pattern! I’ve taken a little break from pattern testing in the past couple months as my family transitioned to Florida over the winter and and moved into a new house last month. It’s felt chaotic and I don’t really feel like my feet are back under me yet-but I have hope that I will get there. But I just had to test the Cascade Tee despite any craziness because the flounce is so cute without being overly frilly. It’s my jam.
The Cascade Tee can be sewn up as a basic tank, short, or long sleeve tee, but the flounce is really the star of the pattern. You can add the flounce to all three sleeve length versions so the pattern works for all seasons. I’ll probably stick to the short sleeve version, but the tank version gives the appearance of a sleeve since it falls over the shoulder too.
The fit on the Cascade Tee is quite slim. Even though my daughter fits the measurements for the size 7 and it looks great on, the shirts are a little snug to get on and off. I used a 95/5 cotton lycra prints from Raspberry Creek Fabrics (no longer in print) and a custom knit from Vintage Lace paired with solid black cotton lycra. Both prints are a little thicker than most solids and the Ballet print has especially strong recovery. I think fabrics with more drape with be easier to get on and off, but most of the knits in my stash are cotton lycra so I’ll likely just size up the width in the future. Plus, Nut#2 has my wide shoulders and a little extra width there wouldn’t hurt.
For those of you with kids sensitive to how things feel, the flounce makes a seam down the front and the back of the shirt on both sides. My daughter is pretty picky about how things feel and that seam was one of the first things she commented on when she tried it on for fit. It bugs her a little, but not enough to make her stop wearing the shirt. I made two versions during testing and they are both being worn on repeat. She really likes them despite the seam!
I’m thrilled to have made these two shirts because my daughter LOVES them and is actually wearing them! I hate making cute clothes that just sit in the dresser because as child doesn’t like them…
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