Sunday, May 8, 2011

BS 05-2011-103 The Tunic

As promised, here are finished photos of BS 05-2011-103, the tunic.
Funny, but it doesn't make me look like a skinny German supermodel.

Here is the tech drawing so you can see the tunic better:

It's a very easy 1.5 dot pattern. There are only 6 pattern pieces, including the front and back facings. I love the raglan sleeves, which are so easy to fit; and the front neck pleats, which are graceful and add a little interest to an otherwise pretty plain design.

I cut a size 42 through the neck and shoulders, a 44 at the bust, and graded out to a 46 at the hip. The fit is fine- I might could have used a smidge more width across the shoulders, but I was afraid if I went up to a 44 through the shoulders, the neckline would be too wide. As it is, it's just right.

I followed the directions almost to a T. I did not leave slits in my sleeves, but sewed them completely closed. I also used the facings provided, but even though I pressed and understitched, they still wanted to flop around and pop out. So I topstitched the neckline from the edge of the CF pleats all the way around to the other side of the pleats, leaving just the pleats free. It seems to have worked okay and the facings are under control.

My fabric is a poly satin from stash. It was okay to sew- a little slippery, but not too bad. I had difficulty with the small bias strips used to finish off the underarms, so I substituted purple broadcloth. They aren't visible from the right side, and they look fine inside. All inside seams are serged to reduce raveling. The hem is finished with a 5/8" narrow hem.

This tunic turned out quite long. I am extremely longwaisted and I routinely add anywhere from 1" to 1.5" to the waist of every top and dress I make. I did not add any length to this and it still came out quite long. If you are short waisted, you may want to check the length before cutting.

I'm not much of a tunic person, but I do like this. I might even make the dress version from the same issue if I come across a suitable fabric. I'm still toying with the idea of making a sash for this- I have plenty of this fabric left over. I think I might like it belted better than loose.

Which brings me to a question. What should I wear this with? As you can see in the photos, I've "styled" it with a lovely pair of Adidas gym shorts, which are all but completely covered when the tunic is hanging loose. And satin booty shorts (like the ones pictured on the model) are completely out of the question. Trust me when I say that is not a look anyone wants to see on me!

So what say you, Tasteful Readers? Any suggestions on what to wear with this tunic? I look forward to hearing your ideas!

Stay tuned for a review of the drawstring dress from the same issue!


Beangirl. said...

I'd go with bootcut jeans... but then, I pretty much go with bootcut jeans on everything... I'd probably wear them with a cocktail dress if I could.

What about solid-colored leggings, since it covers your (non-microshort clad) booty?

MushyWear said...

What a pretty tunic! Love the purple satin and tone on tone print. For summer, I think it would look chic with white slim-fitting pants and strappy metallic sandals and boldly painted toes!

Karin said...

Where I live, people would probably wear it with leggings and sandals. I never find leggings comfortable myself though.

I like the fabric you used. I also like this tunic better when I see it on you than I do in the mag!

Gauss said...

This turned out beautiful! I also made this pattern (as soon as I got the magazine) and I'm currently working on the dress version 104. They both turned out quite long, even though I shortened the pattern before cutting. Anyway, I wear my tunic belted, since it doesn't have much shape otherwise, over a pair of skinny jeans.

Myra said...

Beautiful - I would wear it with capris, personally, belted or not.

Loves2Sew said...

I often lurk, because I have too many blogs to read to post on all the ones I love, but your dress looks just like on on that is insanely expensive, so I had to comment. Now I have to get the Burda issue just for the dress! If your curious, it's the Palm Patio dress, under the new arrivals! All of your thinks are lovely, and you have a great eye for knowing what colors and styles look good on you!