Friday, August 07, 2009

Lotus Tunic

I've dreamed of making this tunic ever since I first saw the pattern. My oh my, what a beauty!

But also really daunting. It has sleeves and puckers and darts and zippers and, well gosh it just all seemed a bit overwhelming.

If you want to get inspired to sew all you have to do is walk into any nice quilting fabric store and I will tell you what, there is no going back. Drunk on gorgeous fabrics, things like lotus tunics actually seem like a possibility.

Because such lovely fabric comes with a bit of cost I decided to first make a Amy Butler's lotus tunic out of something a bit more inexpensive before I cut into the good stuff. This was a very wise decision. Juju made Amy Butlers Barcelona Skirt and she said the size ran a bit small so I decided to make a size up in the tunic. That was silly, because truly Jenny did you really think your bust could pass for such a move? Two inches larger? very silly.

So with the right size in mind I cut my materiel (first I traced the pattern out onto better paper so I have all sizes still for future projects).

Cutting was actually one of the hardest parts. First I started cutting all confidently but then when I laid the two pieces out it didn't look right at all. See there's a pattern there. I needed to line those green leaves up better.

And then, step by step, I made the tunic! It wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I didn't make the belt loops which I think was a good choice. I did make the muslin lining for the dress which isn't completely necessary but kind of completes the whole piece.

I spent the longest making a few alterations. I wanted the neckline to be just a tad less wide so I redrew the upper bodice pieces to go in a bit more. And I made an underarm insert thing so the sleeve would be more of a full sleeve instead of just the cap. Next time I make this I'm going to use a full sleeve from a different pattern instead of trying to create one out of half a sleeve. So proud of the delayed logic.

Here is the finished piece and me trying to be like the girl on the pattern picture:

And here is a sneak peek of our family pictures (the reason for two sewing until midnight days to get this thing made!) by the wonderful Jenna Cole.

Happy sewing!


Bernadette said...

The tunic turned out beautifully! And I love the picture of the two of you :)

Heidi said...

Jenny that is DARLING!! I seriously love it and need to find the pattern.....and learn to sew. =0) And your family picture is wonderful. I love the location, and you both look great! We sure miss you. Come visit any time!!

Geoff & Cami Brown said...

So stinkin CUTE!! where did you take those pics?! I love it!

Natalie said...

wowzers. You are so talented!! I really want to start making a-line skirts.

Irina said...

it's beautiful! I'm trying to make it and I hope I'm as successful as you...