Hmmm … if I can’t buy it here, why don’t I make it?

Project 2: Tunic

Per Wikipedia:  A tunic is any of several types of garment for the body, usually simple in style, reaching from the shoulders to a length somewhere between the hips and the ankles. The name derives from the Latin tunica, the basic garment worn by both men and women in Ancient Rome, which in turn was based on earlier Greek garments. Wikipedia


Every time we go to the UK I hit the shops to find tunics. I don’t know why Americans don’t like tunics, or if they do, why our apparel shops don’t sell them.

Like a lot of women, I don’t exactly love my middle-earth section … belly, butt and upper thighs … but tunics, they hide a multitude of sins! Plus, they’re stylish and fun. Tunics make it possible for people like me to get away with wearing leggings. So my second project was a summer tunic to wear over cropped pants.

I used a lovely lightweight cotton paisley that had been in a drawer for years (I guess that’s my stash!) and bought a chartreuse cotton as trim. I thought the green was a really nice pop for the summer.

It took me hours to cut the fabric, and I  took a lot of time lining up the pattern so the fabric design would match on the sides.   

My pattern was manufactured by Burda, and for a rank amateur sewer some of the instructions were a bit sketchy. I really struggled with figuring out how to do the neckline, and also the trim at the bottom. I probably read the instructions 15 times before I sewed the trim on the neckline, but I think the extra time, and the patience, were worthwhile!


I wasn’t as happy with the trim at the bottom because it was cumbersome to sew, and in spite of my multiple attempts at pinning and basting, it just didn’t line up well. The trim was added after the sides were sewn and if I were to make this pattern again (and I think I will) I would add the trim on before sewing front to back at the sides.

The front pattern lined up right down the front! I spent a lot of time fussing with the fabric when pinning because I didn’t want a repeat of the pattern problem from my dress.

So the finished product is very roomy and very comfortable. I’ve worn it to work a couple of times already. Would I make the same pattern again? Absolutely! I’m already thinking of the long sleeved version in a silky fabric to wear over leggings this winter.


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