Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BS 4/11 #135 tunic

I really hate tracing, don't you?  Unfortunately, most of the things I want to make (outside of vintage patterns) are from Burda Style or Ottobre!  Today I took the lazy route and chose a pattern I had already traced back in April.  This is a modified version of the #135 top/dress in the plus section:
 

Here's the pattern line drawing from the Russian site (strangely, the only Burda site I can navigate successfully):
Obviously I left off the band, and just did a simple hem instead (I lengthened it just a little too, so I had room for a hem).  It turned out to be a nice, breezy tunic!  No fitting required!

I used a size 48, and drew out to the 50 lines at my waist/hips, but I went back after the first try-on and took that extra back out.  This is definitely a roomy top.  The fabric is from my stash, a woven cotton plaid from the "homespun" section of my local quilt shop.  

I made slight modifications to the pattern...I used a bias binding for the neckline (I'm not sure what the pattern called for, I didn't even read them!) and gathered the back neck just a bit to draw it in a little closer than drafted.  Here's the back neckline (and my upcoming Wyoming trip-inspired binding choice!):


I drew out an elbow-length sleeve rather than short or long sleeve pattern included in the mag. I gathered the sleeve edge and bound them in the same pink bandana print:


My favorite part is the front neckline though!  I added the slit from view #135 (the other views don't have this slit).  I love the pleats too; a little more tailored than straight "peasant" gathering.  Of course I couldn't resist adding a little bow at the neck edge:


I'll add a hook & eye, but I need to go buy some first.  I guess I'm out (which I discovered AFTER planning the bow.  Ha.)

Sorry I didn't snap a pic wearing it.  I really thought I had done that...All that book reading and pool floating I've been doing has melted valuable brain cells apparently.  Ahhh, who needs 'em!

21 comments:

  1. I really like this top. I love the combination of both fabrics together!

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  2. Oh what a cute top. Who would even think to make that dress/top without that band. You are a sewing rock star. Love the fabric combo. g

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  3. that's so cute! I think you should definitely invest in some Liberty fabric from Fabric.com, it's a pretty good deal really. Wouldn't it be cute made up in a couple of those prints?

    I have that same pink bandana print I think! I love it, I might have to make a tunic and bind the edges with it too. I'm such a follower like that.

    word ver.: "scence"... like... uh... when things smell "right"? They make scence?

    yikes.

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  4. Cute little bow detail!

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  5. Very cute! Looks so breezy and nice to wear.

    So Beangirl did it and I will too - word verification: "distaxi" ... Yo! Fuggitabout distaxi and take the next one.

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  6. This is very similar to tunics by the Australian designer Lee Mathews. Love the plaid and touch of floral.

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  7. You have been churning out sewing, and good sewing too! Go Angie go!

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  8. I love the quality of your photos. Those two prints together are so cute. I just finished my first Burdastyle magazine project. Funny but all the good styles seem to be in the plus sizes.

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  9. This looks great! I love the contrast binding. This is going to be perfect for your trip!

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  10. Super cute! I like the coordinating bias binding with the teensy print.

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  11. I hate tracing too :) LOVE the bow detail on the back! This is so lovely!

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  12. Very pretty top in a lovely fabric! I love how you have adapted the pattern.

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  13. What a great top. I can imagine it's wonderful to wear in summer, so soft and breezy looking.

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  14. Tracing is a pain but I've been trying to do it more often. I love the contrast you chose! It's super cute!

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  15. Ditto all the other comments - it's a super cute top! I love the contrasting bias bindings and especially the little bow at center front. Adorable!

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  16. So cute!! I love the bandana bias. Adorable!!

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  17. I like the bandana binding. I hate to trace too.

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  18. That's a cutie! I love plaid.
    This will be wonderful to wear when it's miserably hot. Which for you is much of the time.

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  19. I think this is really nice. It reminds me of the Tova Top.

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  20. That's a great idea. I have the pattern but never thought of adjusting it this was, thnks.

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