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.)
Since this is at least the 40th tunic I’ve made during the last two years, I was interested in trying something different. I selected the wide-split placket and angled collar variation which I’ve only sewn with wovens, but the knit fabric accommodated the structured details of the pattern variation beautifully!
The Theory Knit is a heavier knit making it necessary to eliminate potential bulkiness in the collar and armscyes. To do this I sewed the under collar and seam bindings in Navy Silk Crepe de Chine from Mood.
The collar was interfaced with Pellon EK130 Easy-Knit, a fusible knit interfacing and supple stabilizer, and the seam bindings were cut on the bias and starched.
The trim is from M o r o c c o ! Before meeting up with the Amy Butler group, Julie Starr, Dorcas Ross (a.k.a. Art Attack and Lone Star Couture) and I hired a private tour guide. When asked about any special requests we quickly responded “Take us to the Fabric, Trim and Tunic souks!”
We found a tiny souk loaded with trim. I bought 5 meters of the metallic braided trim for $3/meter and certainly wish I bought more. 😉
The trim was temporarily applied with Gunold KK100, a temporary adhesive spray before attaching it to the tunic with a zigzag stitch. The adhesive is supposed to disappear within 3 days…. If you look closely you can see the zigzag, but it truly melds into the braid due to its texture.
Sewing The Tunic Bible bodice pattern with a knit generally results in a more relaxed fit,
and eliminates the need for back darts.
The gold trim dresses up the tunic but Lilly also trims this same style in white for a fresh, casual look (this Oscar de la Renta lace from Mood being one of my favorites for a great summer look.)
As always, a huge thank you to Mood Fabrics for allowing me to experiment with quality fabrics and learn something new each and every time. Rib knit and metallic trim ~ a winner in my books!
Believe it or not there were over 400 entries for the Thread and Bucket Hat Giveaway! Many thanks for the wonderful response 🙂
Congratulations to BARABARA O winner of the giveaway!!! Please send your contact information to email@example.com by Monday, July 3rd or a new winner will be selected.
Some of you asked questions which I could not answer in order to keep the response numbers in order, but I will do so once the giveaway is officially over and the winner has responded.