27 Sep Tory Burch Reimagined
In 2015 one of the publisher rejections we received for The Tunic Bible came from a woman who told me the tunic look was on its way out – especially The Tory Burch style with trimmed and decorative plackets. She went on to tell me the book proposal seemed more appropriate for a magazine article.
You can’t argue with someone whose mind is made up, but I knew she was wrong. The tunic is the original garment and it will never go out of style.
You can imagine my delight upon seeing this image and caption on the Tory Burch website two weeks ago.
“This dress is an update to our signature tunic. The longer length and asymmetrical hem look great with tall boots.” — Tory
I’m not going to argue with Tory Burch, and often look to her for fashion guidance. Tory found the tunic pictured below at a Paris flea market. It was the first silhouette in her collection which she still considers to be the quintessential wardrobe staple, epitomizing chic and effortless dressing.
It’s true – her empire started with a tunic.
What wasn’t easy was finding fabric. The Tory Burch tunic is made of polyester. I haven’t seen the actual garment, but I’m guessing it is a crepe or twill. I browsed every fabric website I could find, and eventually settled on this Black & White Floral Polyester Woven from Mood Fabrics.At $7.99 /yard I didn’t know what to expect, but was delighted when I opened the box. The fabric weight is substantial and has a texture similar to a man’s necktie. I really love it.
Since I’ve made approximately 45 tunics and have a go-to muslin, the process went quickly. Most of my decisions were design related.
Should I add back darts? I did not. I believe the spirt of this tunic dress is free flowing, and it did not need a fitted back.
How full to make the sleeves? I began to flare the sleeve pattern just above the elbow. I wanted just enough fullness to gather at the wrists with elastic.
Which placket? How long to make the trim? I used the Inside Facing Wide Split Placket from The Tunic Bible and embellished it with two widths of Black Petersham Ribbon. I extended the smaller and outer ribbon to the waist to avoid drawing the eye to the bust.
Since inside of the dress shows due to the asymmetrical hem, I used French seams throughout the garment. I also used a narrow hem to avoid disrupting the flow of the fabric.
It’s been a while since I’ve sewn a tunic, but I’ll never stop as long as I’m attracted to $500 polyester tunics 😊