Hello everyone! I want to thank you all for your lovely sentiments and prayers last week after the loss of my dear friend, CeCe! Her “Celebration of Life” service was absolutely beautiful and my heart is at peace after spending time with her family.
I’m an event sewer, most of the time. I plan a lot of my sewing projects around upcoming events, big and small. Of course, I sew lots of “just-because” projects, but the majority is planned around something for which I need (or WANT) an outfit to wear. This outfit is one of my planned outfits for the next date night with my husband. We’ve been so busy with our kitchen remodel that we haven’t made time for a date in a long time. We were recently discussing how long it’s been and when he said we need to go soon, my first thought was, I need to make an outfit.” Of course I already have something to wear out with him, but when you can sew for yourself, why not make a new outfit for a date with your honey? I have lots of fabric in my stash, as well as patterns, so a new outfit is always at my fingertips, literally. Hahaha!
I made this lovely, long tunic using Vogue 8670, View D, which is a top pattern. I extended the length to just above the ankle. Unfortunately, this pattern is Out of Print, but you can use any top pattern to achieve this look. You may see how I extended the length below. Here’s the pattern envelope illustration.
Here’s the finished look.
Here’s how I lengthened the top (just in case anyone is interested).
Step #1: Using my yard stick and chalk roller, I measured 25″ down from the bottom edge of the pattern fronts and back pieces.
Step #2: Using a tape measure, I measured from my underarm down the side of my waist to where I wanted my tunic split to begin. Next I sewed front to back together at sides, using a 5/8″ seam allowance, backstitching at the point where my split begins. Using a seam gauge, I measured 1″ up from the split opening and marked the seam allowance with my chalk roller.
Step #3: Next I closed up the slit using a basting stitch. Then I clipped up to the seam allowance (being careful not to clip the stitching) that was marked in the previous step.
Step #4: Next I pressed the seam open from top to bottom. Then I folded the raw edge of the seam allowance under, meeting the seam, and pressed again.
Step #5: (Not pictured) Next I sewed the folded seam from the bottom of one side, up to the clip, pivoted, sewed across the seam allowance, pivoted again, then sewed down to the bottom on the other side.
Repeat Steps 1 – 5 on other side of tunic.
Step #6: (Not pictured) Using a seam ripper, I opened the side splits from bottom edge to top of split
Step #7: (Not pictured) Because the fabric I used is very lightweight I needed to reinforce the hem to prevent ripples and stretching. I ironed on fusible interfacing to the hem allowance. This step should take place before sewing the side hems of the splits.
Step #8: (Not pictured) The final step is to hem the bottom edge of the tunic.
Now let’s talk about the slouchy hat! This was so NOT my style, but honey it is WORKING with this tunic. I LOVE my slouchy hat and will definitely be making more! I have written a review on this hat pattern on patternreview.com, so check it out if you plan on making one for yourself. There are a few things I would change about the construction. You’ll find me on patternreview.com under Anita by Design.
Create the Look!
- Tunic Pattern: Vogue 8670 (View D) – OOP (Can be made using any top pattern.)
- Hat Pattern: Simplicity 8036 (View B)
- Fabric: Variegated Knit (Michael Levine Loft)
I’m very pleased with the outcome of the tunic and slouchy hat. Looking forward to date night with my hubby!
Thank you for stopping by!
Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!
All Photos Courtesy of CEMO!