Friday, October 1, 2010

School House Tunic #1

Happy Friday to ya! I finished up my toile or "wearable muslin", if you will, of the Schoolhouse Tunic from Sew Liberated this morning. I gotta say, I LUV it!



It may not look like I like it here, the sun was in my eyes...
Before I cut into my brown fabric, I wanted to test this baby out. This style of front, empire seam to be exact, is not always my friend since it's almost always to short to cover the girls. I think the style itself looks pretty good on me, when it fits.

I did a kinda-sorta tissue fit. I just held the front piece up to get an idea of where it would hit on me. It was fer sure too short. I guesstimated that I needed about a 1 1/2" FBA. I use the method from Fit For Real People for adding a dart to a dartless top. It should be noted that the fabric is not really the right kind of fabric for this tunic. It really needs something with more drape. This is a stretch poplin that I've had in my stash for awhile. It was a long enough piece so I just went for it. It just has too much body so it kinda sticks out from my body when I wear it, and boy does it wrinkle like a mofo!
Back. Wrinkles. Meh.

Belted. I really like this look. Helps cut down on the poof factor.

My little ham. He wanted to get in on the action. He made sure I said "cheese".

Here's one before I did my hair and makeup. It shows the lines a little better.

And another. This shot is to emphasize the poof factor with this fabric. I'm not pregnant. You can see the bust dart I added here better, too. On my next version, I need to raise the point up about an inch because this one doesn't point to my apex. I also don't really like the elastic in the sleeve. I think I'll just take that out.

All-in-all, I really like this top. I've worn it all day and I've been very comfortable. There are lots of styling options, which is a bonus. When I was working on this last night, I tried it on over my jeans and that looked pretty darn cute, too! I hope to get my brown version done this weekend since I ended up not having any homework. Woot!

Have a Happy Weekend!




10 comments:

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...

I agree with moving the dart upward to match your apex. Did you notice the left side of the v isn't laying flat? I don't know if that's the fabric or do you need to adjust the neckline. This style tunic is really flattering. I like it. It's going to look great in the brown fabric.

Big in Japan said...

Right on, I think the "real" version will be great. This one definitely benefits from the belted treatment. Go, Heather!

Faye Lewis said...

Yes, the belted version is right up to date and quite stylish.

Debbie Cook said...

I'm glad I withheld judgment when you posted the pattern photo because this looks really great on you!

gwensews said...

You could easily turn this into a TNT pattern. With a drapey fabric, there would probably be no "pouf". Enjoy wearing and making that top again. Love the ballet pose in your first picture.

KID, MD said...

Looks like you are ready to cut! Even with the body that fabric has, the belted version is totally cute. It'll be awesome in a fabric with a softer drape. I could even see it in a knit.

K.Line said...

It's fantastic! I love the inverted pleat at the back.

beangirl said...

I like the belting too. The next one sounds great.

Michelle said...

I really like it with the belt. Just a couple of tweaks, and you will have a TNT.

Angela said...

Such a cute top on you!!

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