10 Aug The New Forty – Garments 22 and 23
Greetings from the amazing Chautauqua Institution! Situated on 750 acres beside the Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State, it is one of my favorite summer destinations for culture and enlightenment.
Although clothes and fashion are hardly on the minds of the learned souls who inhabit this lofty sight, I found the trip a perfect opportunity to sew two very different casual pieces both from The Tunic Bible.
Above is a simple tunic made from a sarong purchased at the Roberta Roller Rabbit at Kiawah Island ~ sometimes you just have to think outside the bolt!
Since my cute photographer stayed behind on this trip, we took photos of garment #2 before I left.
I haven’t sewn a garment from broadcloth in nearly five years, but this Cynthia Rowley fabric brought broadcloth back into the picture which turns out to be a good fabric choice for one of my favorite neckline and collar combinations from the book. The Wide-Split Placket and Angled Collar was inspired by some of our favorite Ready-to-Wear tunics, primarily Sail to Sable. This is the first Wide-Split Placket and Angled Collar I’ve made in one year, and fortunately, I’m just as fond of it as when we designed it for the book!
I ordered the fabric from B and J Fabrics immediately upon seeing these cheerful colors ~ two yards for the bodice (though 1 1/2 is sufficient for a sleeveless tunic) and one yard for the contrast. Pre-washing the broadcloth with an extra dose of fabric softener worked miracles and yielded a much softer hand for garment sewing.
Since this fabric is heavier than the first tunic made from a voile, I wanted a slightly closer fit and sewed two long narrow darts in the back bodice. This is just the fit I was looking for; loose enough for a casual fit, yet shapely.
Julie and I experimented with finding the perfect hem length which is totally a personal choice, but the rule of thumb is right above or right below your widest measurement is the most flattering. For this tunic I opted for right below.
So Dear Readers, I’m totally delighted with the result of this tunic, fabric and all, enough so that I think I should make another. Now, however, it is time to live the Chautauqua way of cultivating curiosity and wonder outside of sewing~
Until soon 🙂