06 Aug New Twist on The Tunic Bible
“Oh my gosh – it’s a wide-split placket, with a band collar AND a ruffled neck! Why didn’t we think of that? Wait…… we did, just not combined with one another!”
TUCKERNUCK is a favorite retail and lifestyle website. My daughters love it and I do too. Cute clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts for the home ….. and wonderful inspiration!
I studied the four “Palmerston Dresses” and pulled out The Tunic Bible. I had forgotten how much fun tunics are to design and sew. Once you have the fit worked out, you’re good to go for as many as you can make – unlimited possibilities!
Tuckernuck’s Palmerston Dress features a bib placket, a ruffle around the neckband and a trapeze bodice with a ruffled hemline. It’s adorable, but I knew The Tunic Bible’s A-line silhouette with a ruffled hemline would work fine for me.
The polyester or rayon floral fabric is from my remaining stash and I believe it came from Mood Fabrics. Its medium weight has lots of body and needs no lining. I began with the bib placket and piped around the border using same fabric on the reverse side.
For the collar I attached a 1 1/2″ ruffle between the collar band and its facing.
The ruffle is doubled fabric since it is seen from the inside and the outside.
To keep the dress free flowing I did not add darts to shape the back.
Sleeves or no sleeves? As tempted as I was to keep it sleeveless for summer weather, I added short sleeves – still not sure about this choice 😉
The good news is my “Tuckernuck Tunic” pulled me out of a rut, and now I see tunic plackets all over the place! I’m going to make this version one once more to tweak a few details, and I envision many tunic variations using various plackets, sleeves, necklines, dress lengths and more!
Amazing what a little inspiration can do 😊 Thank you Tuckernuck!
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