It’s a perfect summer garment. I really wanted to be able to wear this at the cottage, only to find that with the change in the weather I was wearing a fleece sweater rather than a breezy tunic. The pattern is from the book Handmade Style, by Anna Graham (Noodlehead), and she had a little sew-along on her blog this summer.
I ended up sewing most of this tunic in one sitting. First however I made a full bust adjustment to the pattern, starting with the XL from my high bust measurement and adding a bust dart, then graded out to the 2XL at the hips. By using the tissue pattern against my body for placement, I also moved the drawstring lower by 2 inches in the front, which lengthened the placket (I added 2 more buttons).
The fabric I had was scant, but I managed to cut out the pieces although you may be able to see that I mixed up right and wrong side while marking so i really hope the dressmakers carbon washes out. I then cut the bias strips and placket out of the pink Liberty print. The Liberty was really nice to work with, it holds the pressing well. I did have one problem with the pattern, see the note I made:
Once I had the tunic mostly constructed and tried it on, I found there was plenty of room in the bust but the hips were tight, so I let out the side seams and cut the bottom hem in a curve. I sewed the bias tape as double fold to the bottom (so you can still see that lovely Liberty fabric) and restitched the side seams just to the top of the bias tape to finish it off.
All in all, it turned out pretty cute, but I’m not convinced it’s the best style for my body type. What do you think?
Linking up to Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts.