Added Apr 29, 2010
Durban, South Af...
Last year just after I had my daughter I cut out this free download tunic from the Burdafashion site – my little lady recently turned One so this had been lying around for way too long. Last weekend I was on a bit of a sewing mission to make Winter clothes and I decided to tackle the tunic. Originally when I cut it out I was surprised at how narrow the bottom of the tunic looked……a year later the penny dropped when I took out the pattern – I had not added any seam allowances and assumed it was like Burdastyle patterns and included them! but I just loved this grey fabric too much to throw the tunic away (I had to tried to buy more but it was sold out). Anyway to cut a long story short, the tunic worked out well – but the yoke is at least 2 cm’s too wide for the top of my chest and I added 5 little pink tucks to help the situation (and that was excluding seam allowances!). I also liked the look of the loose sleeves rather than putting the elastic in…..there would also never have been enough fabric for a channel! Luckily I had added onto the bottom skirt part, but the problem came in when under the arms was too tight once I’d sewn up the sides – so I unpicked them (what a nightmare – I had used the lightning proper stretch stitch that looks like a lightning bolt and will never come lose!) and looked up how to insert a gusset and was going to have to take fabric off the bottom and make this dress a top instead…..but then I decided to just let the sleeves remain unsewn at the bottom and I hemmed around them – not sure if I’m making sense, but basically the underneath of the sleeves don’t have a seam. I will definitely be making this dress again – it’s so wearable and can be worn with a number of jerseys and jackets hooray!
Grey (tiny stripes) cotton knit
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