The Tunic Bible

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01 Jul New Lilly Inspired Dress and Contest Winner!

Lilly Pulitzer introduced a fabulous collection of navy dresses this season, and I wanted one too. The Lilly dresses are available in every fabric imaginable bringing about many possibilities. My decision was based on the piece of  Theory Navy Cotton Rib Knit  I ordered from Mood Fabrics in March. (Now sold out but I highly recommend the navy stretch pique.) While Lilly refers to many of its dresses as 'shift dresses', they look like tunics to me, and so I made a tunic from The Tunic Bible. Since this is at least the 40th tunic I've made during the last two years, I...

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15 Jun Lilly P Knockoff Shorts

Six glorious beach days with Birdie - life gets no better! I was determined to perfect a pair of scalloped hem shorts before returning to the beach, and my inspiration came from many of the Lilly Pulitzer beach shorts. Many thanks to Margo Bergman from Creating in the Gap for introducing me to McCall's 6930, a flat front short with a scalloped hem option (View B). For optimal results I added a lining to the shorts for comfort and wrinkle reduction, and inserted an invisible zipper - eliminating the need for a hook & eye at the waistband. Rather than sewing the 3-piece waistband...

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12 Jun Tunic x Nine !

Greetings! I'd like to introduce you to a reader who made my day. Meet Marion, a fellow tunic lover from Germany. Marion bought The Tunic Bible in February and has showcased our concept of one pattern unlimited possibilities so beautifully that I must share. After reading Marion's initial email, I requested photos of her tunics. She surprised me with not one or two or three….. but nine tunics she’s created this Spring using the master pattern! Let's look...

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05 Mar 3 Dresses 3 Fits 3 Looks

Maybe you go through color phases like I do.  I don't know where they come. Two years ago I was all about orange but lately I've been partial to blue and green. Recently, the delightful fabric designer Jennifer Paganelli sent Julie and me selections from her Hotel Frederiksted collection. We each made a tunic for one of our book signings at Quiltcon in Savannah last week.  The fabrics are quilting cotton which isn't always recognized as garment friendly, but one can have fun with the great prints found in quilting cotton, and create cute casual garments! Here's mine. I decided to make a...

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17 Feb Mood Fabrics Giveaway!

Goodness ~ I won the Mood Fabrics African Print Facebook Challenge. Many thanks to all who voted in the contest, not just for me, but for any of the seven MSN bloggers. I'm truly flattered to have won amid such talent. For winning, I received two $50.00 Mood Fabrics gift certificates. Mood automatically loaded one to my account but the second one is for you! To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment below. The winner will be announced Monday, February 20th. ________________________________ If you plan to visit Quilt Con in Savannah, please stop by one of our Tunic Bible book signings and say hello!...

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07 Nov Whereabouts and Giveaway Winner!

Greetings from the magical land of Morocco! Julie Starr, Dorcas Ross and I are on a trip of a lifetime with the talented Amy Butler and Valori Wells, along with 10 other lucky people! As soon as I opened the email in February, I knew an immediate decision was needed and asked two of my sewing friends to join me. Creative workshops and cultural inspiration galore fill the week along with the opportunity to connect with a lovely group of women, and our leaders husbands. Julie and I made tunics to express our admiration for Amy :) but the most moving experience so far has been spending...

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17 Sep New Website and Giveaway!

It is with great excitement that Julie and I announce a companion website to our upcoming book, The Tunic Bible, thetunicbible.com.  Not only is the website designed to enhance your tunic sewing experience, thetunicbible.com will allow me to post far less tunic material on goodbyevalentino.com. So you might say this is one of my last tunic posts on Goodbye Valentino ;) Julie and I have sewn over 60 tunics during the last 16 months, and became intrigued with several tunic designers. In the beginning it was Sail to Sable, followed by Tory Burch , then Gretchen Scott and others. We accumulated a...

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13 Sep Butterick 4735 With a Twist

It’s a girl :) Greetings from Scottsdale where I’ve been since September 3, celebrating one of life’s greatest miracles ~ the birth of little “Birdie” born September 1.  Hubby and I are truly thrilled to be first-time grandparents to such a precious bundle of joy! Can you believe it, dear Readers? I started Goodbye Valentino as a new empty nester.  In 5 short years, I’ve gained two son-in-laws, a new puppy and a granddaughter. My husband and I have each lost a beloved parent, and I’ve written a book to be published in 18 days. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for hanging with...

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