Added Aug 15, 2010
This is from Simplicity’s Project Runway 2422.
I fell in love with a similar tunic that my friend wore in white. It looked easy to make, so I went hunting for a pattern that was similar to it, and this is what I came up with.
The fabric is an irregular patchy red, black and white pattern with very small cords running horizontally along the dress. The fabric is a bit on the stiffer side, but that’s what makes it stand up like a tunic. I like to wear it without a belt because the fabric is a bit stiff. I also like the small ruffles around the chest line and the sleeves, which is hard to see with the busy fabric pattern. As the fabric is slightly thicker than most quilting cottons, I would not wear this on a hot summery day, better for fall.
I put in 2 extra buttons on the chest yoke to add some detail to the dress, and changed the pockets so that they are invisible rather than sewn to the front panel of the dress, as suggested by the pattern, because the fabric is already so busy, it really didn’t need visible stitching lines.
I think in general, the collars for Simplicity patterns are way too big so it is extremely hard to ease the collar to the yoke without wrinkling. I would definitely use the collar pattern for one size down next time and see what happens, just to make easing easier :) .
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