I made this loose-fitting Tunic top as a sample in anticipation of a Dressmaking Workshop that I hope to tutor in the Autumn term. The design of the top makes it easy, fast and stylish. It can do double, even triple duty because depending on the fabric that you select it looks dressy or casual. It is also one of the fastest garments to sew which makes it ideal for the beginner or novice dressmaker. In addition to having just three pattern pieces the tee shirt features several time-saving assembly techniques whilst also providing the opportunity for development into several variations using the simple basic pattern.
As this is the basic sample I have incorporated techniques such as stay stitching, applying bias binding to the neckline but with the option of drafting a facing, sewing flat fell seams, setting in sleeves using the flat method, hemline vents and twin-needle sewing for hems.
The tunic works well in a wide variety of fabrics from cotton, poplin, velvet, crepe de chine, satin, brushed cotton and lightweight linen.
I used a nautical-theme print poplin purchased from New Threads, Weyhill Fairground, Andover. The top took just 1.4 metres of 150 cm wide fabric plus a length of White bias binding from my stash and approximately 2.5 hours to make.
I hope that this sample garment will inspire dressmakers to attend the workshop which is planned to be the start of a course of lessons providing tuition in dressmaking a top, skirts, versatile dress and much more.