The highlight of the last couple weeks of my life? Not getting a subwoofer for my car. Not my brother’s 30th birthday. Not even buying a wedding band for my fiancé. It’s the fact that I can finally wear my leggings in public!! Okay, maybe that’s a bit of hyperbole, but I’ve pretty much worn only this tunic since finishing it!
I used Vogue 8951. The cover art didn’t do much for me (frankly it looked a little boring and, well, middle-aged). But I love hoodies as comfy clothes and it is tunic length (a must since leggings are not pants) and I figured I’d give it a shot. And I’m so glad I did! (It wasn’t until after I sewed it up that I remembered my friend Shams of Communing with Fabric had made a great version although, since she has the opposite body shape as I do, the final effect is different.) The pattern and delicious aubergine knit were sent to me by White Tree Fabrics. As I said, the pattern is functional but oh my do I luuurve this fabric! It’s so snuggly and a great color and the perfect weight for just about year-round West Coast wearing. They call it a “warm jersey” which is a pretty good description – it’s just a bit warmer and fuzzier than a normal t-shirt weight jersey. And let me say it one more time – it’s so snuggly!
The pattern calls for a mullet hem which is NOT my preference, so I lengthened the front to match the back. I could have made the top shorter as it’s closer to a dress length than a tunic length, but I think leaving the slits on the side makes it wear as a top. I graded the top out for my hips, narrowed the shoulder by 1″, and added some height to the sleeve cap so that the sleeve shape was less of a drop shoulder and more fitted although you can see that with the large neck slit and the weight of the hood, the shoulders droop down.
The front slit is finished with a facing and the hood seam is covered with a back facing. I really didn’t want the top-stitching visible on the front of the tunic as the pattern instructs, so I tried to wear it with only the back facing stitched down. It didn’t work. The front facing kept flipping up. So I caved and topstitched the front facing down and, surprisingly, it totally doesn’t even bother me when wearing it.
The pattern called for the entire front and back facing to be interfaced, but I didn’t want to add too much structure since I wanted a drapey comfy top (and, honestly, I didn’t have any more than scraps of knit interfacing on hand) so I went ahead and only interfaced the seam of the back neck. I also added interfacing to the seam of the shoulder seams to give them a bit of reinforcement (a tip I learned watching Craftsy’s 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know).
Like I said, I’ve been wearing this tunic over and over. To the point I may actually make a second one as soon I get moved. Have I mentioned that I’m moving? Yeah, I know, I can’t stop talking about it (especially on Twitter. Sorry tweeps!) The moving truck comes tomorrow, I just ran out of boxes, and there’s a ton to do. And Adam is gone for work for the weekend. I’m kinda freaking out right now!
Thanks again to White Tree Fabrics for sending me this delicious knit fabric!