I’m in love with the new tunic that I made earlier this week. (Yes, somehow there is time to make a new tunic but not time to start holiday gifts. I am able to rationalize this by saying it is good for my mental state to make myself a pretty top.)
I’ve been dying for a top or dress with a nice yoke and gathering, a la Wiksten for ages. I noticed a very simple one in my new book, ‘Favourite Tunic, Dress, Vest Book’. The fabric is a men’s shirting fabric from DFO. I absolutely adore this grey, stripey fabric, it has such a soft, vintage-y feel. I had bought it a few years ago for some ties and just realized that I should pick some more up before it was gone for good. I got the last 2 yards on the bolt.
The fit and cut of the tunic is really lovely and also roomy. It has a zipper in the back, but I don’t even need to use it to get the top on and off easily. Next time I make it, I’ll just omit the zipper and cut down on my production time! The sleeves were so beautiful that I decided to leave them full, rather than put in elastics. I used my 1/4″ Clover bias tape maker to trim the neckline and sleeves. The really skinny bias tape looks really great. (I take it back, Ayalah. It’s not that hard to work with and it looks amazing.)
To add a little extra sweetness, I trimmed the bottom edge of the tunic with lace. Anabela, I hope you approve!
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what a sweet top! i love it
wow, cute! it’s very nice using men’s shirting fabric for girly things, it’s already soft and light. sometimes i buy a 3x dress shirt on sale to make into tops for myself. i wish i lived closer to toronto.
OH! Even before I got to the bottom I was thinking about how I need to get my mitts on this book. I love love love the pairing of lace with men’s shirting fabric! It’s beautiful! It looks super sweet on you.
it’s so pretty karyn!
i especially love the lace detail!
oh by the way, i might pop in tomorrow to see you for the workshop!
Will wonders ever cease?!? Karyn, you are simply amazing. This top is beautiful and looks fantastic on you. I love the full sleeves and neckline. And the fabric, oh my goodness, I must sit down to appreciate how lovely it is. Oh I do hope that one day I will be able to make a shirt this beautiful.
en france aussi!
oh my GOSH! That is so so so so beautiful!!! Your making me wish I wasn’t busty because I’d love to sew something like that! The little bit of lace totally stole my heart!!!!
This is really lovely, Karen! I love the lace detail. This may be my next pattern book… (Do you think Pomadour24 would have it?)
thank you thank you, everyone! i’m itching to make another one in the same exact pattern, i feel like it could be my uniform. i really just love it!
yes – i got this book from pomadour24 on etsy and it’s got lots of other cute patterns that i hope to try out soon, including the sweet little vest on the cover.
Hi Karyn, what a brilliant top love it and am always amazed by your skills and wow ability to interpret Japanese patterns!! Did you write on my blog? My links arent working boohoo. If so I would love love to get my hands on the GG DVD! – Email me!
i just posted on my blog “My daruma” about your blog and the workshop.
It’ in french. I hope it’s ok with you that i used your banner to illustrate the post.
It’s actually this tunic that got me to pay more attention to your blog and to read the “about” section. that’s how i found out about the workshop. what an awesome idea. I have seen something similar in Australia. Unfortunately there’s no chance i ‘ll get to visit because i live in France
Belle année 2009 !
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