Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Birds and Blossoms Tunic - Knipmode March 2012.

I managed to sew one more garment before 2015 ends !
Here comes a dog !

This one is more like me - I am definitely a print girl and I love sewing button shirts especially with those front insert yokes .
The pattern is from another knipmode -the bonus magazine  to  the main March 2012 issue  . I could see myself sewing everything in this great little supplement .

Yes you can have a pat . 

I used a rayon print from Spotlight - I saw a top made up in an instagram picture ( no idea who because I get really sucked down into the abyss of instagram ) from this fabric and loved it but I was even more delighted when the owner said it was a recent purchase from Spotlight . I have wanted to sew a bird print garment for myself for ages but  have  never found anything suitable.
Again I found the knipmode  pattern well drafted.  It is a tunic with raglan sleeves and shoulder darts , lined front button up inset , long sleeves with slits and cuffs , sleeve tabs so you can roll up the sleeves and a curved hem. The neckline is finished with a narrow self fabric bias binding strip.  I made size 38 and this fitted well BUT the tunic was so long - almost a dress and I did NOT add the hem allowances.
Terrible photo  which is meant to show the details of the tunic. 

A better close up photo - still hard to see anything though.  I tried to match that upside bird . 

Using the markings on the patterns and closely looking at the garment line drawing and pattern layout I was able to work out how to sew this . I used instructions from a Burda envelope pattern and a Kwik Sew pattern to make sure I was on track with the insert yoke and sleeve slit . I removed about 13cm in length and it is arguably still a bit too long . I am 170cm or 5 foot 7 so the models wearing this tunic must be 6 foot tall !

Looking a bit nightiesque prior to cuffs , hems and neckline finishing. 

Knipmode biljage ( supplement ) March 2012.  Blouse 107. 
I was going to just use cream buttons but they looked insipid . Luckily I  found some buttons where the reverse side matched the blue blossoms and there was just enough !
I love my new tunic although it is too hot to wear it just now  . A great way to finish off 2015. I am not going to bloody miss you 2015 .
Here`s to a content , healthy and peaceful 2016 !

Thank you to my photographer who took an unwitting selfie !

8 comments:

  1. I love the last photo with the reflection of the photographer :). And I love this print as well - I've seen this in Spotlight too, but passed - amazingly! Nice to see it on yo - it's a beautiful tunic, and a longer length can be very flattering to wear when you want to hide something (body or trouser backs). Gorgeous. Happy New Year.

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  2. I like this tunic on you. I think you got the length just right.

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  3. Love this on you. The bird print is wonderful and I think the length is just right too.

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  4. This is a very lovely top, Janine. It's great when you find just the right fabric. I bought some Japanese linen and cotton chambray from The Cloth Shop and 1.5 m of Liberty at Clegs, so not too much to add to the stash. I''m hoping to sew them up over January while I'm still on holidays. Wishing you and your family a very happy 2016 and I hope all goes well with your exchange student.

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  5. Great match of fabric to pattern, and you look great in it!

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  6. This is lovely and the fabric is the perfect choice.

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  7. Love the bird fabric & it looks so pretty on you.

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  8. This is a lovely tunic. I love the print and it looks so terrific on you.

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