Inspired by the talented Silvia
and her fabulous tip top stripey top
, I decided to pull out the sewing machine this weekend and whipped this together:
This is the REAL stand-like-a-mannequin* shot.
I wore this to school yesterday with some white capri pants.
(So it's a little wrinkled. Oops!)
I used embroidered brown fabric from my very brown fabric stash
. (Brown is my new black.)
There is no pattern for this. I took my measurements, pulled out some draft paper and drew a basic construction. After all the pattern-drafting I do in school and because I was just too eager to put this together quickly I didn't feel like drafting a full-blown pattern using my construction. So! I cut out the pieces using only the construction, and added on seam allowances as I cut. There are only a few pieces so assembly was easy. I measured out the elastic for the neck and sleeves, sewed them into bands and then stretched them inside the neck and sleeve seams as I sewed these seams closed. (In other words, I didn't use a safety pin to slide the elastic through; I held the elastic inside as I sewed the seams closed. Impatience, thy name is Rabbit.) The tunic was really blousy, so to give a closer fit in the waist I topstitched a few rows using elastic thread at the back waistline. The whole thing came together in less than an hour and a half. I like to call it my Easy Peasy Let's Cut Corners Tunic
. [Revs sewing machine pedal.]