Sew Make Time!

This is oftentimes hard to do and if you're like me, you sometimes reach a point where you just need to sew. I seem to get more sewing done after 11pm then at any other time....

19 February 2010

Peace, Love and Sew Liberated

Our elementary school will host their winter carnival with a theme of "Peace, Love and Adams".   As the chairperson, I feel a need to dress the part (which provided me with an oh so important reason to sew).    Enter Sew Liberated Schoolhouse Tunic pattern and 3 yards of fabric from the Flower Child line by Iota.

This pattern was easy to construct.  I chose to use my serger for the shoulder seams, sleeves and side seams leaving the sewing machine for the placket facing and top stitching.   I typically wear a size 8 and constructed the size 10...this is loose and comfortable. The pattern has two lengths---a tunic length and a dress length.   I cut out the dress length (do you seem to sense that I error on the side of bigger rather than smaller) and ended up hemming it at a length mid-way between the two.  I chose to leave the sleeves plain rather than add elastic to gather as called out in the pattern.

  Would I make the pattern again?   I'll just say that I was cutting another before the end of the evening.

I do admit to one change in the pattern.  I didn't care for the finish of the neck facing.  The pattern calls to bind the back neck edge which meant the seam at the shoulder is visable along the neck edge where it meets the front pieces faced with the placket.   I'm hoping these picture will illustrate what I mean.

The placket facing used on the front is 3" wide at the shoulder seam so I chose to cut a 3" wide placket for the back.   I constructed the bodice by sewing the right and left front placket to the back placket at the shoulder seams; pressing the outer edge of the placket under a 1/4";  sewing the right and left front to the back at the shoulder seams;  sewing the bodice to the placket right sides facing;  clipping corners;  turning right sides out;  topstitching the placket down by sewing close to the turned-under edge.    Here's the pictures on this tunic using Anna Marie Horner's Good Folks fabric.

Did I mention that I didn't have enough fabric to cut out all the pieces?   If one needs a reason to buy fabric this is one, isn't it?    And who just buys what they need while they're there?

Score the Sew Liberated Schoolhouse Tunic a "highly recommended".  Beginning sewers can easily achieve a fashionable garment.

It's frosting on the cake that I get to share this finish on Sew and Tell!


Blogger Christina said...

Nice job! I agree that the second version looks better and I would have done it that way myself. If only because my mom (the ex-tailor) would have been telling me I was doing it wrong. :)

9:03 PM  
Blogger beth said...

very very nice!!

10:01 PM  
Blogger pinksuedeshoe said...

Just lovely! One of my new years resolutions is to sew myself an article of clothing, and this shirt is going into the running!

11:49 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I've never attempted clothes before. This makes it look easy! Great finish!

12:01 AM  
Blogger jlk said...

That looks great!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Sew It UP! said...

Your top came out great without going over the board with it. I really like the subtle color in the fabric.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

this top is look wonderful. great finish

11:36 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Your top looks gorgeous. The colours are lovely. Can we see your next one?

5:22 PM  
Blogger KQuiltyBee said...

Beautiful fit and finish!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Mrs Moen said...

That is so cute; I love the fabric!

4:24 PM  
Blogger 勇氣的一天 said...


3:47 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

This is darling! Great job : )

10:50 AM  
Blogger Tammy Vasser said...

Love your tunic. Saw it in the sew liberated book, but wasn't sure how it would turn out. Now, I'm inspired to make one! Thanks for the comment on my blog 'cause now I found your inspiring blog!

2:34 PM  

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