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Natty's Westminster Liberty Art Fabric Tunic

Added Oct 16, 2010

by nattyjane

Berkeley, Califo...






A few months ago, BurdaStyle invited me to participate in a contest in which we were asked to create an outfit using a burda style magazine pattern and Westminster’s Liberty Art Fabric. I accepted the invitation straight away and started looking through all the possible patterns and fabric prints. After narrowing down the choices, I decided on burda style magazine’s tunic shirt with long sleeves and a fabric print called parasols in blue. I was tempted by the pretty Liberty floral, but I decided on the parasol print because it has such nice geometric shapes, plus there are little hearts flying around!

I worked really carefully with the tunic pattern, ironing like a madwoman and taking extra care with all of the pleats across the front. My practice tunic was too baggy, so I made the pattern smaller for my final project and the fit turned out great. I used leftover fabric to make a tie for the waist that goes through side loops. The tie wasn’t part of the original pattern, but I think it adds a nice shape to the tunic. It looks good and is comfortable tied in the front or the back.

I’m very proud of my work and pleased with the tunic that I created, and I hope you guys like it too!

You can see it on my blog too! http://nattyjanesews.blogspot.com/2010/10/october-16.html

And I posted a video on vimeo! http://vimeo.com/15891269

Material Notes

Westminster Liberty Art fabric in blue parasols, and white buttons from a center for creative reuse.




Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    Oct 29, 2010, 01.42 AMby altheacat

    I LOVE this !!! In fact, I have just bought the pattern! Let me ask you a question, when you say you made it smaller… does this mean you just made it in a smaller size or actually altered the pattern pieces. Thanks in advance for any help!!! oh and thanks for the inspiration!! xoxo

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      Oct 29, 2010, 03.20 AMby nattyjane

      Thanks for the wonderful comment!
      And to answer your question… I’m a size 6, but the smallest size for the pattern is an 8 so I had to size it down myself. To do this I looked at the difference between sizes 8 and 10, and then used that amount to downsize it to a 6. I hope that makes sense! Let me know if you need any more help! And happy sewing!

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      Oct 29, 2010, 10.10 PMby altheacat

      Awesome.. thanks for the help! Hope mine looks as good as yours!! :-)

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    Oct 21, 2010, 06.35 PMby magdamagda

    I love love love the pattern you chose… makes me think of trying something similar… the sky blue shades are so dreamy and the combo with jeans is perfect:D did i say i love it?

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    Oct 18, 2010, 12.53 AMby lizajane09

    This is beautiful! And your pleats look perfect!

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    Oct 17, 2010, 11.30 PMby ellohdesign

    this looks great, especially the pleats!

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    Oct 17, 2010, 02.14 PMby Natalia *

    The execution is amazing. All those little details just look so perfect. I think it looks even better with the ties you added. Great job!

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    Oct 17, 2010, 01.58 PMby skeeler

    You should be proud!

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    Oct 17, 2010, 05.22 AMby wzrdreams

    Great pattern and I love your fabric print choice.

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    Oct 17, 2010, 12.58 AMby rchavez215

    cute, cute, cute! well done!

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    Oct 17, 2010, 12.47 AMby Peter Lappin

    Hey, your tunic shirt looks terrific! (I made a somewhat similar A-line tunic dress for the same competition).

    Great job and it’s fun to see what the “competition” is up to! ;)

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    Oct 17, 2010, 12.09 AMby sewobsessed

    I really love your outfit, it is so cute! I also love the plastic plate face!

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      Oct 17, 2010, 06.11 PMby nattyjane

      The face is made by my step mom. She’s been working on found object faces and sculptures and they are all over my parents house. I couldn’t resist posing with one!

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    Oct 16, 2010, 11.44 PMby u120418

    I really like this! I might have to make the pattern.

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    Oct 16, 2010, 09.33 PMby loyl8

    adorable!! Great job!

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