I knew that this tunic top was a “fast and easy” make, on Sunday morning I set to and did a lot of cutting out. In addition to a size 12 wraparound skirt and co-ordinating size 12 tunic top – both for Elsie the dressmaker’s dummy at New Threads, I also cut out a larger version of the tunic top for me.
I used a colourful printed stripe cotton bought “on sale” from Franklins in Salisbury. The sewing machine and overlocker were both still threaded up with khaki green thread which would work well with the colours of the print so I simply “went for it!” In just 2 hours I had completed the top. It has a self bias binding around the gentle scoop neckline, flat fell seams on the shoulders, overlocked and faux flat fell seams elsewhere plus twin-needle stitched hems on the sleeves and bodice.
I had previously made this tunic top for me using a nautical print cotton and that had turned out fine. This time – I don’t know – it just does not seem quite right. Is it the generous fit? I have lost some weight is that what is making the difference? Is it the length and width of the sleeves? Is it simply the design of the print? Regardless, I shall offer for sale on eBay and hope that the tunic top finds a new home where it will be loved.
Meantime, I still have a good length of fabric left so will see if there is sufficient to make a more fitted top from a.n.other TNT pattern. Back to the drawing board…..