21 Mar Sail to Sable or Goodbye Valentino?
Seriously, this is what keeps me sewing. I cannot spend $200 on a tunic that I can make for $50.
It’s true the Sail to Sable tunic is dress length, but I wanted the shorter length.
I’ve been on a quest to sew the perfect tunic for months. I love tunics.They are the perfect garments to toss on for casual occasions, or make one in silk and you’re set for the evening.
My attempts to sew the perfect tunic have resulted in a collection of tunic patterns. Through mixing pattern pieces, tracing RTW garments and an enormous amount of tweaking, I’ve arrived at my own pattern.
My pattern is not the result of Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper with Suzy Furrer , (which I am in the midst of) but the continuation of a failed project from last fall which I vowed to redeem.
I thought I was finished until I looked at the photo below which spoke volumes to me.
A little excess fabric remains in the upper back which I am hoping to correct in my next tunic with the help of the bodice sloper class.
The trim was applied with steam-a-seam then stitched with all purpose thread – white on the top and blue on the bottom. I stitched the trim to the collar before attaching the under collar. The trim was stitched to the sleeves before sewing the sleeve seam. Since the bottom trim was an afterthought, I stitched it after the side seams were sewn.
The linen and trim were purchased from NY Fashion Center Fabrics.
I continue to read and participate in discussions regarding the economy of sewing. My belief that one saves money sewing clothes endures, but as in any situation restraint is necessary!
Think about it……… does one save money by eating at home or dining out? The answer lies in what you eat of course, and it’s no different in sewing.
So for now I stick by my motto – Sew Your Own Clothes, Save Thousands of Dollars and Look Like a Million Bucks!
H A P P Y S P R I N G T I M E E V E R Y O N E ! !