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When I saw this tunic pattern I fell in love with it right away. It was something I would enjoy wearing. Stylish, yet VERY comfortable.
My three first versions are made from a stretch cotton velour. It is SO nice and soft. I love the feel of it. In the last two tunics I used French Terry Knit. I like topstitching and the Coverpro CPX 1000 is a great friend in projects like this. I made a decorative cover seam in the center front and back panels.
When I started working on the first version I trusted the size chart. Wow, I should have measured the pattern with a measuring tape in stead (like the fitting classes teach), but I was to lazy, just hoped it would be correct. Look at this, it is totally HUGE.
I made a size small on top and extra small over the hip. Now I have worked on getting the perfect fit. There are small differences in the different versions, as I tried to find what was right for me. As far as I remember I have reduced my original pattern with at least 12 cm ((4.8 inches) from both front and back sections. I tried to keep most of my changes here, so I didn’t interfere too much with the side pockets. In addition I “tweaked” a little here and there.
Now dont be scared by this first version. It turned out better as I worked with it.
Tunic number 3 is gray. I bought the fabric thinking it would make the perfect tunic.. But as I worked with it I took in a little too much under the arms. In the end I added a little fabric in this area,, mending my mistakes. Yes, I can wear it and it is comfortable, but I don’t think it ended up being as perfect as I planned.
Finallly my last two tunics i French Terry knit. I bought this fabric in the LA California fashion district as my husband and I visited this summer.
After working with these tunics I still love the pattern. I will definetly use it again. But I would recomend measuring the bust, hip and waist areas of the pattern pieces and letting that guide you as you size your pattern.
I am busy making summer clothes for my upcoming trip to the states. On 16 July, my husband and I are flying to LA CaliforniaJ. I am So much looking forward to this. It is our 25th wedding anniversary and this is our way of celebrating.
Ordering fabric over the internet can be “interesting”. When I received this IT jersey print, I wondered to myself if I could ever find a decent project for it. Something that would help me love it, even just a little?
I have always preferred fabric that can make me feel calm and serene. Of course, I like a little touch of excitement, but This was a little too “exciting”. Just look at it, wouldn’t it spin your head?
Lekala 4119 is a easy sewing pattern with only 3 parts. Front, back and waistband. I just finished constructing the pleated skirt for my Craftsy class and felt ready for an easy project. When I rummaged through my light jersey fabrics I felt the “gaudy”, “awful” fabric cry for me to “give it a chance”! OK, I would use it for the trial Version.
Sewing instructions are available for some of the lekala patterns at lekala.co, but I prefer to solve the Puzzle on my own. This one was very simple, but I decided I would share how I have done it in an upcoming post.
I LOVE and Hate going to the fabric store. I LOVE everything there, but I can’t seem to leave there without buying some more fabric. I have SO much to sew already, but the temptation is unbearable some times (too often :-/).
I should have photographed just the fabric before washing and cutting it up. But, I was so eager to make something out of this “jewel” I didn’t have time for that!
Look at that print. Can you tell what it is supposed to resemble??? I told my daughter that it was lots of buildings, a city. But she said it was just abstract and really wasn’t anything!!! What do you think?
After making something for my children and they put it on for the first time I sit and stare at them. I am sure they get tired of my glare. My daughter tells me to stop “stalking” her, whatever that is supposed to mean. But I can’t help myself. My child and my creation, can it get any better?
What are you looking at??
This make is a mix of McCall’s 6563 view D and Lekala 4119. The top is Lekala and the bottom McCalls. I have recently made lots of the Lekala pattern will shortly review them. My daughter looks best in long tops, so I “concocted” this for her.
craftsy patternmaking basics, the skirt sloper. knife pleated skirt. self drafted skirt. summer skirt. A line skirt with knife pleats.
I have finally made my first project for the “patternmaking basics” class with Suzy Furrer at Craftsy.com. The class is very technical and informative. Maybe not for a total beginner, but very nice for those who want to develop their understanding for patterns and pattern drafting. I am really not that much into pattern drafting, but I do want good results with the things that I sew. I have finally understood that to get good results with sewing patterns it is a big plus to understand them and their construction. So, here I am, working myself SLOWLY through the theory part. Resisting and seeking knowledge at the same time….. :-) :-/
In my last post, http://sewingforfun.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/burdastyle-wrap-tank-with-pockets-052014-132/ I showed the two BurdaStyle “wrap tank tops” that I made. Here I will give a brief summary about how I sewed the Pockets. Because my fabric wasn’t the “thinnest linen”, I didnt want to use welt strips ( I was afraid that I would add too much bulk in this area).
I do not know if the method I used is any easier than the one described in the directions. To get a good result accuracy, ironing and using good judgment along the way is important.
The pocket pieces I cut larger then described in the pattern. I think I get a better result if I do it this way, because it allows me to adjust the pockets as they get a little skewed in the sewing process. Then I can give them a clean finish in the end.
In general, I used the same idea as is used in the “easy welt pockets”. By searching the net, you can find many descriptions of this method. The pocket bags are used in place of the welt strips (eliminating one layer of fabric). Because the flap would cover this area, I didn’t make a “welt type” pocket finishing.
To keep everything straight I traced the seam lines and thread basted them (to keep them visible from both sides of the fabric and to make sure they did not fade as I worked). I did not cut until I had added the pocket flap and the top pocket piece.
- I interfaced the pocket area
- Sewed the dart
- Placed the flap on the seam line and basted it Down.
- Right sides of fabric together, I placed the top Pocke (bottom of Pocket bag facing up) on top of the basted flap and sewed along the seam line through both layers.
- Now I slashed bellow the top pocket and flap seam line and added the bottom pocket on the “bottom pocket seam line”.
- After the pockets were sewn I pressed them to the inside sewed, them both to each other, to bottom and front of the tank. Eventually the bias tape I used to finish the edges of the top would cover these outer seams.The pressing down of the pocket is very important. First, I basted my pocket bags down to make sure the pockets and the fabric in the top draped well together. Ironing and looking at my “project” from the outside until they both looked good. When I was satisfied, I sewed them into the seam allowance.
Instead of watching TV, I relax looking at patterns. One day I came across Burdastyle’s wrap tank. I loved it. The classy design with a twist of “something else” gives the top a feel of something interesting, fun and playful!
In the instructions, it said to use fine linen. I have used a linen a little thicker than the one they used. I did not want much bulk so I decided to use bias tape finishing of the edges instead of making the front parts double. This worked well.
I will wear it as a vest instead of a tank top, but that works well also!