Well, one tunic at least.
I [almost] highly recommend this pattern: Simplicity 1008. It goes together beautifully, and the finish is fabulous. The instructions..hmm…well…
The pattern makes two variations on the dress/tunic, and a rather cute bubble cape, which may feature here eventually. I think that Simplicity were trying to keep the instructions sheets to a minimum, but unfortunately chose to do this in a very confusing way, by flipping back and forth between view A and view B. Usually, you do first or last stages of similar items from one set of instructions, then switch to the ones for your appropriate view, with everything making a fair amount of sense.
Not here: I wanted view B, which tells you to begin by following view A steps 1-3.
Then view B, steps 1-2
View A, steps 5-7
View B, steps 3-9
View A, 9-15
View B, 10
View A, 16-17
View B, 11-19
View A, 20-21 [note, this is the first time the numbers make sense!]
View B, 20
Not surprisingly, I found this hard to follow- gawd knows how a beginner might have coped!
Of course, I added to the time taken by deciding to do that ribbon trim, which was tedious and fiddly. However, it looks really good, and the missus loves it. I also inflicted six hand sewn eyelets on myself, just to keep my eye in.
She’s out most of today, while I plough on with her shirt and silk bodice, so just some hanger shots for now. She’s VERY pleased with it, and looks lovely in this colour. We need some grey leggings to wear under it though, so I’ll be rummaging for fabric in a bit!
The fabric, from my favourite Italian Designer eBay shop, is a cotton/cupro monks’ weave, which feels like a slightly rough slub silk in a basket weave pattern. It was lovely to cut and sew, and presses nicely, although it creases nicely too! It also picks up every bit of cotton fluff that it can. The lining is a delicious fine cotton batiste from My Fabrics, and I’ll be getting more in different colours. A few bits of shot green organza from stash, and cheap as chips ribbon also from eBay.
In fact, I just convinced myself to buy more of the green. And while I was there, these fell into my basket…well, I couldn’t make my mind up…